Hello, June!

Monday, June 1, 2020

I don't know how the hell it's June already or how we'll be halfway done with this year by the end of this month. If you can't tell by the rainbow colors, June is also Pride Month! This is the first time I'll be talking about my sexuality and other things related to Pride Month! I'm both terrified and excited for this. There won't be a lot said because I'm not comfortable or safe to do so, but I'll share as much as I'm comfortable with.

I'm also hoping that my chance to get back to China happens during this month. I'm praying and crossing all of my fingers and toes this happens. Not only do I want to get back to my job (and full pay), but I also want to get back to my life there. I haven't talked in detail about this, but I didn't really have a good time in China for the four or so months that I lived there. I really wanted to make 2020 my time to give this country and the culture another chance. I'm hoping that when I return, I'll take all of the things I've learned and apply it so that my new experience is better than before!

All in all, my optimistic self can't help but be hopeful for this new month. As always, it's a month of new beginnings and opportunities to pursue and I'm ready for all of this.
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Black Lives Matter

A big part of why I started this blog was to talk about what was going on in my life and the world at large. I can't go about posting about books and life and movies or TV shows without acknowledging what's happening in the United States right now.

All across the United States and the world, people are peacefully protesting the police brutality and white supremacy that kills Black people day in and day out.

Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd have all been recently killed. They aren't the only Black people that have been killed. There are so many more Black people that have been killed that we don't even know about.

The first Amendment of the Bill of Rights gives the citizens of this country the right to assemble, a freedom of speech and a freedom of press. All of these rights have been broken as police forces have come into these situations with tear gas, bullets and other forms of excessive force. Journalists have been arrested and hurt on camera. People have been hurt, on camera, in many ways across the United States.

Even though I am a marginalized person in the United States, there are so many privileges that I hold still. I will never know what a Black person goes through in this country or this world but I have a voice. If I don't use my voice to show my support and make actual change, then what good is saying anything ever? I also want to put my money where my mouth is. I have not always had the money to donate, but when I do, I always do. That, white and fellow non-Black POC, is something we all need to do.

Here are some important links where you can donate money to:
Bail/Bonds for various cities around the country: 
I know that this post won't make much of a difference but I truly want to do everything I can do make a difference. If I am not constantly challenging myself to do better and be a better ally, I can't say that I believe in Black Lives Matter. 
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