This week, we’ve been thinking a lot about fear, dread and safety. Have you ever felt so scared and anxious that you wanted to rip off your skin and crawl somewhere else that’s safer? Maybe you’ve sympathized with a character in a horror movie or felt the intense overwhelming dread of knowing that something is going to jump out at you; you don’t know what it is, but you know it’s going to be bad.
If you’ve never felt the burden of needing to keep yourself and your community physically safe, then beginning to understand where people are coming from when they tell you that they don’t feel safe, understanding that fear as legitimate and working to address that fear is the first step towards all of our liberation. For those of you who know all too well what we’re talking about, recognizing that feeling of intense overwhelming dread is the first step; understanding it as unfair, unjust and unearned is the second; working to make the world safer is the third.
Until the world is safe for my friends to walk at night, until there are no more nightmares about friends, lovers and family dead in the gutter, until there are no more realities of friends, lovers and family bleeding in the streets, we fight to erase the targets off all of our backs and for all of our collective liberation.