FAF Collective’s got something to say about the injustices that are happening in our community. Unfortunately, it seems like we can’t move forward when white racist cops keep murdering our men, women and children.

Black Lives Matter protest at the Indiana Statehouse, Saturday July 9.
Black Lives Matter protest at the Indiana Statehouse, Saturday July 9.

Saturday, July 9th – a protest held on the steps of the Indiana State House enlightened many and changed the course of the Black Lives Matter movement in Indianapolis. Organized by Indy 10, Don’t Sleep and many others – at least 1000 people gathered side by side to figure what we’re going to do to move forward. “One time for Tamir Rice! One time for Philando Castile! One time for Sandra Bland! One time for Trayvon Martin! One time for Eric Garner! One time for Sean Bell! One time for Mike Brown!” The crowd raised their fists, mostly brown with speckles of white, to let everyone know – we won’t stop until the violence against brown bodies stops.

We lost Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, Alva Braziel in the past week, and those are just ones we know about. Black America has been experiencing this type of trauma  since the 1400s, and for some reason many are shocked that these types of murders are happening. This is nothing new. We’re fighting the same racism that fueled the the transatlantic slave trade, Jim Crow, Ronald Reagan and the intensity we’re experiencing today.

FAF Creators, Ari Attack and Zuri Ali, at the BLM protest.
FAF Creators, Ari Attack and Zuri Ali, at the BLM protest.

We’re done waiting around for things to change. We’re writing our own stories, and taking our future in our hands. We can and will be the generation to make a change. The protest isn’t the end, but just the beginning of the work we need to do. You don’t have to start big, you can start by shutting down ignorance in your community.

If you’re looking for how to become involved in Indy, please email us. We’ll point you in the right direction.