If you want the short version to this, this is not our moment and this is not our movement. Yes, we are a part of it. Yes, we have been oppressed. Yes, this issue affects every single one of us, whether we want it to or not.

However, that does not mean that this is our time to rise up and demand changes to how we are treated. The focus on divesting from police and investing in each of our communities is enough for now. Why? Because we cannot attempt to join or drown out the voices of other minorities by stealing their spotlight. These are issues that have been affecting black and brown humans for years, and this is their time and moment to be heard, not ours.

The most effective thing we can do right now is write our representatives, join protests – whether via social media or by marching with other movements – and join the numerous voices calling for an end to police-based communities and a start to investing in the integrity of our communities. That change has needed to happen for some time, and we need to put the focus on making that change, not using this moment to our own benefit.

What you do ultimately is up to you, but bear in mind that what you do WILL reflect on the entire MAP community and act responsibly.