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  • Writer's pictureGabrielle Gilbert

Say Their Names!

Updated: Jul 29, 2020

Racism should have no home here in America, but it's been living here for years.

Time to evict!

It's time to speak up and take a stand against racism

Usually, I am not one to vocalize my hurt or pain. 

We all have various responsibilities and like to remain incredibly professional but it has become impossible to ignore. Impossible to choke down and cover up with a smile. Impossible to fake it when we are hurting.

There is a long list of names (with some of the latest victims being Rashard Brooks & George Floyd) of black men and women who have been killed based on the actions of the opposite race abusing their power or privilege. Police officers are taught to 'shoot to kill' if they feel threatened or their life is in danger, but as an African American, being pulled over for what should be a simple traffic stop - We fear for our lives. We feel threatened based on the patterns, but we are expected to be obedient, respectful, show our hands, don't resist... Even when we can't breathe.

In real estate, the Department of State requires that we uphold certain things and follow their articles and laws so they implement Fair Housing and expect us to treat everyone fairly. Many real estate agencies across the country comply and reinforce these laws meant to protect individuals from housing discrimination. The Fair Housing Notice says "It is unlawful to discriminate based on certain protected characteristics, which include, but are not limited to: race, creed, color, national origin...", yet some who reinforce & comply with this, still find it difficult to support it if it has nothing to do with real estate. Racism should have no home here in America, but it's been living here for years. Time to evict.

We need justice. Justice for those named below and the countless others I could never fit on this blog. Police brutality, blatant racism, racial injustice & inequality must end. The 'Amy Coopers' of this world, who understand the "temperature" in America and wield around their white privilege with the intent to hurt another person based on their race, must stop and they need to be held accountable. Enough is enough. We're tired. Tired of the hashtags. Tired of the hurt. We need time to heal. Our pain can't be ignored and then we're told how loud to cry.

I pray for the state of this world. To those of you who aren't black, but have taken a stance against racism, have spoken out about it and truly support us... I respect and appreciate you. Thank you. To those who have been silent, you are part of the problem. There are steps you can take to be part of the solution. It isn't too late. Finally, to my brothers and sisters, I share your pain. I know we are exhausted from this fight, but let's never get too tired to stand up for what is right. We will rise from this. 

God bless you all.

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