“I see no changes, all I see is racist faces, misplaced hate makes disgrace to races.” -Tupac
This is exactly how I felt after the march in Charlottesville, Virginia. This song is about 20 years old, yet every word is relevant to the world we are living in today. I know for a fact racism was never dead, but couldn’t believe myself that people are marching to support hate. I was sad, angry and disgusted. I wondered when will this all change and when will we learn to accept and love one another.
I then remembered the song “Changes” by Tupac. Tupac didn’t write this to send us a negative message and remind us that our realities will never change. He wanted to provoke something in us. Tupac wanted us to get out of our comfort zone and remind us that we need to start changing ourselves. It’s hard being a minority in America. Trust me I know exactly how it feels.
I’m a Muslim woman living in an era where people are supporting a ban that doesn’t want people that look like me or have the same belief in this country. I’m also living in an era where my Black brothers and sisters are witnessing the KKK all over again march down their streets and are told on a daily basis that their lives don’t matter. I’m living in an era where immigrants are being kicked out of their homes and aren’t welcomed. I’m living in an era where the LGBTQ community is told that they don’t have human rights. I’m living in an era where Mexicans are told this isn’t their land and a wall needs to be built to keep them out. I’m living in an era where women are still fighting to have equal rights.
We all have the power of changing and the power of changing the communities were are in. I admire Tupac because his art sends a message. The change he made as a human and artist is that he reminded us we are in control of our lives. Even if none of these issues pertain to you, speaking up against racism and bigotry is a change itself. Any small act of kindness is a step by itself. The change I hope to make is to use this blog as an outlet to discuss issues that people are afraid to talk about and to connect with people and learn their stories and how I can help as a human being.
This outfit was really important to me because of the Tupac shirt. Shirts that have images of celebrities or a message written on them are very easy to dress. Your main focus is the shirt and having it stand out. I paired mine with a black blazer and a pair of jeans and pumps. Like the Afeni Shakur post, the shirt is doing the main talking. As you can see I’m in love the the Shakur family!
Tupac Shirt: Shoe Palace $24
Jeans: Cotton on :$40
Blazer: H&M $40
Pumps: Macy’s INC. $30