I stand with Kassiane

A thing happened over the weekend, and I expected that people in my community would say “this is not ok”, and a notable few did, but the large majority didn’t.

This was horrible for me, because I’m just a baby activist, and if the community doesn’t rally around someone who has given them so much, how can I possibly expect that they will ever rally around me when I need support? The glaring truth is that we’re mostly on our own.

I don’t mean to make this about me, because it’s not about me. It’s about Neurodivergent K, but this is wrong. This silence is wrong!

Trying to sort through my feelings, I resorted to trying to find the words and what I got was a rhyme. It’s inadequate, but it is a symbol of the powerless that I feel. I want to stand up and say “this is not ok!” but I am no one, and most of the someones haven’t said much.

My heart was broken today
People could be saying “this is not ok”
But all that I heard was silence.
And, for me, this is like violence.
People could be drawing a line in the sand,
And saying this is out of hand.
But all that I heard was silence.
And, for me, this is like violence.
I have noted the people who took a stand.
I have noted the people who didn’t raise their hand.
I will remember who stood and who ran,
But, for now, all I can say is that I stand with Kassiane.

In the words of Forrest Gump: That’s all I have to say about that.