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Have you ever wanted to write a letter to someone who’s impacted your life? Just express your true feelings on paper? Well, AfterbuzzTV has a new series called, “Open Letter” to give staff writer Chelsie Overocker the time to express how Tabitha Brown has made an impact in her life.
June 12 2020,
Dear Tabitha Brown,
I’m sitting in my apartment scrolling through social media overwhelmed with emotions. On my news feed I’m reading about all the unjust crimes blacks have faced and lives that have been cost; making me upset that this is the reality of the world I live in. I’m signing as many petitions as I can until justice is served, hoping that I’m making a difference. I did feel rejoiced seeing over 20k people march for Black Lives Matter in Hollywood last weekend, and I am praying change is coming.
I’ve felt guilty from wanting to step away from the media at times. If I didn’t know what was happening every minute then I felt like I was letting my black communities down.
But mostly I’ve also felt anxiety and a lack of comfort, until I came across one of your videos. You greeted me with a big smile saying, “hello there,” making me believe that everything is going to be alright. It was refreshing to see someone who had a bright smile on their face during these dark and difficult times. You have helped me see that it’s ok to step back and recharge.
“Sometimes you have to disconnect. Sometimes you have to step away so that you can come back strong so you can fulfill the thing you’re trying to do.”
After I saw that video I quickly started following you and would feel joy every time I saw you post a new video, knowing I was going to be nourished with a good message.
One message that stuck with me is when you explained that as a society we are quick to judge and quick to react. Instead we should be quick to love, quick to listen, and not be afraid to speak up when something is wrong. You taught me to always be mindful.
Your video has inspired me to take this time to listen to how our black communities have been affected by racism, and I have learned that we all have experienced different situations.
I’ve had a hard time expressing my voice the last few weeks and struggling to find the right words, but I know even though my experiences with inequality might be different from others I still have the right to express them. So here’s my story –
Growing up as a half black/half white female has also been challenging. I’m closer to my mom’s side of the family (who are white) and they have always made me feel loved.
Going to family reunions and being the only cousin with dark skin I never felt out of place. I always felt like I fit in with my white side of the family, but this “world” we live in reminds me that I will never fully fit in with my white family members, because I have a darker skin tone.
I’ve been told on countless occasions that I’m not “black” enough for the black kids and my light skin makes me more privileged. But I never felt more privileged, because the white kids would tell me I’m not “white” enough either. I have also received racist backlash growing up as the minority in white communities. There are many times I asked myself do I belong? This is a journey that I have battled with my entire life.
Tabitha, the video you posted on May 26th, explaining that people need to see each other as humans and we’re all God creations, helped heal my past insecurities.
“The hate must stop. Compassion and love had the power to heal and bring change, but it must start within us.”
We all have our own personal experiences, but the one thing we have in common is we dealt with these experiences of inequality from the color of our skin. While we are on this road to justice we have to remember to not let people steal our joy.
Tabitha, you shared your story on how someone broke into your car and stole all of your packages. You were upset, but you choose to not let them steal your happiness.
Chelsie Overocker is a host for AfterBuzz TV. She grew up in Denver, Colorado and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in communications and marketing.
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