I can’t speak to what it means for people of color (and black people in particular right now) but as an ally I know it means that my definition of ”relaxing” needs to change. I need to find ways to “relax” that still involve active learning and immersion. So reading in the morning, meditating on my place (what it is, and what it should be) in all of this, etc. The fact of the matter is that this is still an issue BECAUSE allies have been too lax. Deliberately marginalized people do not have the time, energy, or patience anymore for us to do this at our pace, and they should not have had to wait this long.
Facts. I think being on all the time can turn out to be inimical to the change we want to create. We have to be able to rely on our allies a lot right now too and allies like yourself alleviate some of the worry. Thank you for responding.
Ally speaking. It has been hard to relax right now. But I realized today that I need time to reboot to recharge my emotional energy, so I can get back out there and give more. I feel like now more than ever, I feel a shift rising in our community.
Speaking as a non-black POC. I want to echo Ally's point. A movement is as strong as its constituents so it is important to take time to recharge. If you have been doing the work, please recognize that your relaxation is a form of active resistance.
Time to process, center, and let go so you make space for what is next?