Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve seen the peaceful protests against police brutality and systemic racism, as well as the heavy-handed responses coming from some levels of leadership in response to those protests (and yes, the rioting and looting). This has been weighing on me, and I just want to share some thoughts as well as some resources.
This started off as an addendum to the regular article I wrote earlier today, but that didn’t seem right. What’s going on right now in our country is more important than any discussion of watches. Sure, you may have come here for escapism, but now is not the time to do that. We need to face up to what our local, state, and federal government have been doing.
As that comic above shows, now is not the time to tune out. As a country, we’re waking up to the larger problems out there, and no, watches aren’t going to solve it. Or any consumer good, for that matter. Watches can function as an example, in a way. What they can show is the fact that, there are ways that we can come together and be more than our individual pieces. As people, we can – and should – pull together to shut down violence against oppressed people, and stand up against injustice when we see it in the world around us.
Apologies for that diversion, but it’s just been weighing on my heart and mind, and I needed to get at least some small part of it out there. If you’re in agreement, that’s awesome – get out there and do your part to help raise our collective consciousness on these matters. And if you don’t agree? Don’t come at us with your “well, what about…” or “all lives matter” BS. It makes no sense, that position, and we don’t want or need that here. In fact, just read through this comic from Kris Straub and see how nonsense your position is:
While writing about watches at WWR isn’t going to change the world, we certainly aren’t going to stand by and stay silent. If you, on the other hand, want to spout ignorance, you need to stay silent and stay away from here. For everyone else, we’re here for you however we can be.
And if you’re looking for resources, here are some that we’ve found that you may find helpful; if you’ve found others, let us know and we’ll add them to the list here:
- Black Lives Matter resources
- Donate to Black Lives Matter
- Anti-racism resources for white people
- Upgrading to Racism 2.0
- Petitions you can sign