that’s what folks like Ta-Nehisi Coates, Nikole Hannah Jones, Ibram X. Kendi, Robin DiAngelo and so many others have been trying to get you to understand. I know some of you are on the path to enlightenment, and I appreciate everyone out there who’s reading these good books and taking anti-racism courses, and all of that. Please keep doing that.
But here’s the thing — our freedom, and I mean our freedom as people of color from so many manifestations of oppression like economic, educational and health injustices, but also freedom from violence, particularly by the state — the freedom of black and brown people cannot be dependent on your full and complete understanding of how we got here.
What we need you to do is — as you continue your learning — to get behind the efforts of the Black Lives Matter Movement and Campaign Zero, which seeks to end police brutality. If you care about us, then you have to trust that we have a plan, and that that plan requires your complicity.
So, what does that mean here in Brookline?
Well, first I want to make note of a certain human tendency. And that’s a tendency to think something isn’t a problem because you haven’t encountered it or don’t know anyone who has. While I agree that our police department is better than most, trust me when I say that we still have much work to do.