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Laura Kupe
Over the past few days, I’ve been on many phone calls, emails & group chats with colleagues in national security – mainly white — expressing how hopeless they feel. While I understand the sentiment, let me tell you why I’m also dismayed by this. A thread. 1/x
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Laura Kupe Jun 2
Replying to @Laura_Kupe
My colleagues in shouldn’t and can't feel hopeless right now. Because racism is a national security issue, this problem falls squarely in our wheelhouse. Dismantling systems of white supremacy & anti-Blackness is central to the work we must do. 2/
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Laura Kupe Jun 2
Replying to @Laura_Kupe
Protests aren't just happening across the country but around the world. George Floyd's killing has hit a common nerve, sparking protests from Paris to Toronto to London & Berlin as Black citizens confront their own histories of over-policing & racism. 3/
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Laura Kupe Jun 2
Replying to @Laura_Kupe
The Black American struggle for freedom and civil rights has shaped Black liberation movements worldwide. As much as we tout American democracy, it would behoove us to remember that there is no American democracy without the work of Black America. 4/
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Laura Kupe Jun 2
Replying to @Laura_Kupe
Black America is where I got my positive cues as a Black girl growing up in Luxembourg & Germany. It was Black America that said–you can be a lawyer. You can be a doctor. You can be a president. I cannot begin to tell you how powerful that is & how much it influenced my life. 5/
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Laura Kupe Jun 2
Replying to @Laura_Kupe
Many of us hope to one day represent America around the world at the highest levels of government. The community must understand what Black America represents globally and acknowledge its historical and present role in advancing a more peaceful and secure world. 6/
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Laura Kupe Jun 2
Replying to @Laura_Kupe
And now is not the time to concede leadership because you feel bad or guilt about current events. It’s time to be creative. To think about solutions. To be the consummate policy expert. And to become an anti-racist in your personal and professional lives. 7/
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Laura Kupe Jun 2
Replying to @Laura_Kupe
Racism and white supremacy are policy choices that we must work to undo, so it provides me no comfort to commiserate with you in the spirit of hopelessness. It’s time to turn your thinking caps on. You are not powerless, therefore you should not feel hopeless. 8/8
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Neikelle Moore Jun 2
Replying to @Laura_Kupe
Yep. ALLADAT. ✊🏿
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Laura Kupe Jun 3
Replying to @neikelle
✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾
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Laura Kupe Jun 6
Replying to @RootsofSapphire
Thank you Ayanna! I hope you are well.
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