To all the people saying that we can rise above and focus on love as a response to the recent deaths and continued revelation of the degree of racism in our country: I agree with the sentiment wholeheartedly. I also think that part of loving someone is standing up for them when they have been wronged and acknowledging that an injustice occurred. Also importantly, I strongly believe that there are times in which the most compassionate thing you can do is to hold someone accountable for their actions. I don’t think it’s being negative or stuck in the problem. Holding someone accountable and demanding they do better is compassionate, kind, and loving. Taking the time to talk to others and have uncomfortable conversations about privilege and race is a loving act. It may make people upset in the moment but you are allowing people an opportunity they wouldn’t have had if you kept silent.
– Arwyn Sherman