Your silence causes violence to the people I love.

I won’t remember the many derogatory quotes from failed leaders, fake acquaintances, or far-away promises and fantasies from politicians.


But I will remember each and every “friend” who said nothing, did nothing, and stood by while Black and brown people perished in the hands of your people.

I will remember waiting and waiting and waiting, almost patiently, on a response to the violence toward my people by your people.


I will remember that you chose not to speak up or take up for humans who were discriminated against and treated worse than animals.

They say to never say never, but I will never, ever forget your silence.


Your silence causes violence to people I love.

Your silence speaks so loud I can’t hear you when you say you just want to stay out of it.


Your silence is so blinding I can’t see your texts when my phone notifies me of your lackluster presence in my life.

Your silence is so loud I can’t bring myself to call you a friend.


Your silence causes violence to the people I love.

-Miranda Lattimore

A note from the author:

This piece does not mean that you should go post Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes on your social feeds. This post was relevant a year ago, four years ago, ten years ago, etc. This post is simply saying, I saw you before today–before it was MLK Jr. Day, before “Black Lives Matter” was a movement, before, when you were just getting by. This post is saying do something MORE. What exactly is more? You tell me.

Published by Miranda

Yoga teacher, photographer, lover of food and nature. Creative director and co-founder of Zen in Black Skin.

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