Deray McKesson Speaks On “Coming Out Of The Quiet”
In this talk, Deray McKesson shares about the collective power of the people who contributed to #BlackLivesMatter; a movement that’s changed, and is changing the world.
Deray also offers some encouraging words to those who would continue the work.
“There’s danger in the either-or. When loving myself only looks one way, when protest is either in the streets, or not at all, this puts constraints on the way that we express ourselves and the ways that we can get free.”
“When I think about the quiet I think about the places we are not supposed to make noise. And for so many of us, the world is a place where we’re not supposed to make noise; where we’re asked to hide who we are, and be silent about the injustices that we face.”
“Each of us will have to continue to find, the people that are in the quiet and create space for and with them to come out of the quiet.”
“Just because people aren’t shouting doesn’t mean that they are being silent. Just because people aren’t showing up in the ways that you expect, doesn’t mean that they are hiding.”
From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones, MSW, LLMSW