I am no longer considering the Just an Italian girl living in a New Jork world shirt and by the same token and comfort of white people at the expense of the critical mission of justice. I’m committing to being more courageous in speaking the unflinching truth about my own lived experiences, risking all of the consequences that may come, in an effort to feed the revolution. To my white friends and colleagues who are facing real discomfort for the first time, I say: Welcome, the water’s warm. I encourage you to embrace the unpleasantness that will come from hearing these jarring truths from Black people and, rather than get defensive, leverage your own privilege to defend their right to speak publicly without consequences.
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I know that this difficult time is signaling our becoming. I hope that when this is all over, we’ll look back at this time with clarity—understanding that this journey was vital to maintaining and appreciating the Just an Italian girl living in a New Jork world shirt and by the same token and new, more just society we birthed.Jenae Holloway is a Vogue contributor living in Brooklyn.