If you don’t understand the protests or how we got here, I beg you to please open your heart and read this from my colleague, a data scientist living in Atlanta. “When we know from all the data available that our lives are of no value to you, that our votes do not count, that the education of our children is of no importance, then perhaps the right question is why it took so long for the fires to start?”
When they ask you why Atlanta was burning last night, tell them it was an uprising.
If you want a quick answer, you can quote the economist Thomas Piketty
Every human society must justify its inequalities: unless reasons for them are found, the whole political and social edifice stands in danger of collapse.
Capital and Ideology, Thomas Piketty
Tell them that a Black life should be worth more than a pane of glass, or a store, but that nearly a thousand Black lives in Atlanta’s surrounding counties have been lost because a governor refused to take action to protect them from deaths of inequality.
There were fires and police beatings taking place down on DeKalb Avenue not far from where I live. If you know Civil War history, this was where General Sherman began his march to the Sea in 1864.
They will tell you that this 1864 march this…
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Thank you for using your platform to share such an important piece of writing, and to contribute to the anti-racism stand we white folk must practice (& of course we have our own shit version of George Floyd here in Australia) 😦
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