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I just created a Black Lives Matter Community on Hive: https://peakd.com/c/hive-186309/created
I didn’t think any more time should go by without having a Black Lives Matter community here, out of respect to George Floyd.
I created the Black Lives Matter Community, not for myself, but with the intention of handing over ownership of it to a Black Lives Matter leader when I find someone. So, please join it, and start earning crypto for your content about what's happening all over the globe.
I’d like to clarity something, I am not black. However, my daughter is part black, so I am connected to this reality more than most. I was raised in a multi-racial community, where as a child, I never even noticed that our skin colors were different. It wasn’t until high school that I became aware of racism.
I would never pretend to claim that I understand what it’s like to be black in America. I am white and privileged, and the only racism I have felt came second-hand from my friends who are black. I had a black friend in high school, and I remember one day we were just walking down the street in a small town. A white guy hung out of his car as it drove by us and yelled at us “stick with your own kind!”.
I’ve seen racism in this country, but really, now is the time for us white people to be compassionate and listen to what kind of hell black people have been dealing with their entire lives.
My little story doesn’t compare in any way, and I know it. So, as a white person in this country, I have to ask myself, “how can I help?” What can I do to make things right? What does that action look like?
I think it starts with being honest with ourselves and listening to people who have very different experiences from our own. And then we gotta take action that makes sense, and supports black people who have been suffering for way too long.
We can’t really go forward until we all realize what the hell is going on, and we are now in that moment in the USA. Talking about or caring about inane things while our country burns to the ground with unsolved racial inequality is not really an option anymore.
Einstein had this to say about racism:
“There is separation of colored people from white people in the United States,” said the renowned physicist, using the common term in the day. “That separation is not a disease of colored people. It is a disease of white people. I do not intend to be quiet about it.”
I can’t be quiet anymore about this, either. I feel so much rage in my heart. I watched that George Floyd video and part of me died, too. The way that white cop had his hand casually in his pocket while George cried out for his mama as he took his last breath of life, was the final straw for me. We have to do something to change the future.
If you don’t know anything about BLM here is a bit of history: Black Lives Matter was founded in 2013 by three women, Patrice Cullors https://twitter.com/osopepatrisse Alicia Garza https://twitter.com/aliciagarza and Opal Tometi https://twitter.com/opalayo
image credit: Time Magazine
Directly from the Black Lives Matter website comes this description:
“#BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives.”
To everyone in the Black Lives Matter movement: I want you to know that your data belongs to you, not to Zuckerberg.
This goes back to me asking myself “how can I help?” I do want to help and the only way I can help effectively right now is to bring awareness about the areas I am most passionate about: ownership of our own social media data and online communities.
Hive has figured out a lot of things, namely the technical side of monetizing our own data, and it's battle-tested, too. There are some social challenges left to iron out, but I think Hive has a strong, independent community that is resilient. It's got a lot in common with small countries who have declared their freedom from an oppressor (Justin Sun).
On Facebook, if it becomes criminal to mention the word “antifa” and if Black Lives Matter people get targeted like they already did on Twitter (still looking into the botnet that hacked into real BLM accounts and mass tweeted a pre-written message with hashtag #dcblackout), then decentralized alternatives like Hive will not only be necessary, but it will be about survival.
People can back up their facebook and twitter posts on peakd.com, in order to see what is being censored. People can’t even post a real photo of Trump and daughter anymore on Facebook without being censored. What’s next? It’s already bad. It’s time to switch I’d say.
Even the people who work at Facebook know something is wrong:
So here is my message to the Black Lives Matter community: You are the rightful owners of your own data, and you should be the ones who receive economic rewards for it.
Hive solves this problem, and we are waiting for you all to join us: https://hiveonboard.com/create-account?ref=hivepeople
If you’re passionate about the Black Lives Matter movement, comment below and help moderate the community. This community will be handed over when the BLM leaders are here.
This was originally posted on Hive and I am the creator of this: https://peakd.com/hive-186309/@stellabelle/message-to-black-lives-matter-community-welcome-to-hive-where-you-own-your-data