Meri Brown from Sister Wives has been pretty inactive on Instagram as of late. In fact, as we previously reported, it had some fans wondering where she was. Fortunately, Meri Brown did take to Instagram yesterday. She shared to Instagram to share a very deep and powerful message about the black lives matter movement.
Silence is an answer, but not a good one
Being a social media influencer is difficult right now. Their followers are flooding their comments. Begging them to use their platform. To speak out. To make noise. They want social media influencers to spread the black lives matter movement.
Now, Meri Brown has not been active on social media as of late. She didn’t participate in blackout Tuesday. She hasn’t had anything to say about George Floyd’s death or the black lives matter movement.
But, did that mean Meri Brown was not listening? Did that mean she didn’t care? Of course not. In fact, the TV personality kicked off her deep message by addressing the fact that saying nothing sends a message just as much as saying something does.
“They say no answer is an answer. I realize with my silence over the past week, a different interpretation could be placed on what I feel in my heart, simply because I’ve been silent.” Meri explained.
She continued: “I’ve taken a step back this past week to consider, to contemplate, to read, to learn, to have conversations, to try to organize the chaos in my head.”
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For as long as I can remember, I've been a t-shirt and jeans kinda gal. I feel my most comfortable in them, not too showy or flashy, can dress it up a little with heels and a fancy necklace, or work out in the yard with sneakers and cut offs. It's been my thing. But the world says I should improve my style. The world says I should wear a dress. The world says I should wear lipstick. But I say, I'll do what "I" want. If I want to wear jeans and a t-shirt all day every day, I will. If I want to wear a skirt and t-shirt with sneakers, I will. If I want to dress up for a night out, I will. If I want to wear lipstick, well, that will just never happen, be assured! Here's the thing. I don't need anyone but ME to tell me what I should do. I don't need anyone but ME to tell me how to dress in the morning, or how do do my hair, or heaven help me, how to do my eyebrows! I'm a woman who has lived on this earth for nearly 50 years, and I'm not afraid to say it. I've raised a daughter. I've had ups and downs. I've had crazy and amazing life experiences. I've loved and been loved. I've felt pain and caused others pain. I've felt comforted and hopefully have been a comforter. Point is, I've LIVED. These experiences have shaped and formed me. And I'm not finished yet! In the words of this oh, so amazing, graphic tee, Own Your Style! Figure out who you are and BE! Don't let the world tell you otherwise. Find your style and be confident in it! Find your cause and fight for it! Find your passion and create it! YOU matter. YOU are amazing. YOU can conquer that goal. YOU can feel confident in your own skin. YOU can do hard things. YOU can do ALL the things! You got this!! 💙💙💙 #LivingMyWhy #BecauseICan #LoveWhatIDo #LoveWhoIAm #LuLaRoeRetailer #LuLaRoeForLife #FlagstaffFashion #LuLaRoeArizona #LuLaRoeLiv #OwnYourStyle #YouAreAmazing #YouGotThis
Turns out, Meri Brown was just overwhelmed by the current events. She was not sure what to say. And, she certainly didn’t want to say the wrong thing. But, she’s had time to gather her thoughts. She has had time to listen. And, now she wants to say a few things.
Meri Brown gets real about the black lives matter movement
After explaining why she had not posted anything, Meri proceeds to share her thoughts.
Having black friends isn’t enough. Being angry that George Floyd & so many other people of color have been killed by white people isn’t enough. I know in my heart that POC should have every opportunity that I have, that BECAUSE of the tone of their skin, any thoughts or actions toward them shouldn’t be any different than thoughts or actions toward me. I’ve never considered myself racist, I believe all people should have the same opportunities available to them. But what I realize is, what am I doing to make sure they DO?”
The Sister Wives star has come to realize that not being racist isn’t enough. She is just sitting on the sidelines and thinking all of these great thoughts. She, however, realizes she isn’t doing much to change things. Is it time for a change? She continues to explain.
Years ago when I started hearing about the #BlackLivesMatter movement, I also started hearing about how all lives matter. Yes! Yes we all do! But in my ignorance at the time, I didn’t understand WHY there was a Black Lives Matter movement and what was behind it. Simply put, in my current understanding, it’s because they don’t matter, to waaay too many people.”
The Sister Wives star tries to put black lives matter into perspective
Meri Brown reflects on the difficult passing of her sister. She died of colon cancer. Then, she questioned if there were people who take offense to colorectal cancer awareness month. Do they throw a fit about how all cancers matter? “My guess is, not too many.” She added. Answering her own question.
Just because Black lives DO matter, doesn’t mean white lives don’t. That’s a gross misconception in the interpretation.”
Unfortunately, she doesn’t have all of the answers at this time. She does not know what the world can do to change and move forward. She, however, can do her part to listen and learn.
Meri Brown hopes the world will show support for Gianna Floyd. She hopes this little girl’s father did not die in vain. She hopes things will change.
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They say no answer is an answer. I realize with my silence over the past week, a different interpretation could be placed on what I feel in my heart, simply because I've been silent. I've taken a step back this past week to consider, to contemplate, to read, to learn, to have conversations, to try to organize the chaos in my head. These are some of my thoughts…. Having black friends isn't enough. Being angry that George Floyd & so many other people of color have been killed by white people isn't enough. I know in my heart that POC should have every opportunity that I have, that BECAUSE of the tone of their skin, any thoughts or actions toward them shouldn't be any different than thoughts or actions toward me. I've never considered myself racist, I believe all people should have the same opportunities available to them. But what I realize is, what am I doing to make sure they DO? Years ago when I started hearing about the #BlackLivesMatter movement, I also started hearing about how all lives matter. Yes! Yes we all do! But in my ignorance at the time, I didn't understand WHY there was a Black Lives Matter movement and what was behind it. Simply put, in my current understanding, it's because they don't matter, to waaay too many people. I started thinking about it this way. My sister died of colon cancer. When colorectal cancer awareness month rolls around, I wonder how many people fight that by saying, wait a minute, ALL cancer matters! My guess is, not too many. Just because Black lives DO matter, doesn't mean white lives don't. That's a gross misconception in the interpretation. I honestly and respectfully can say at this point, that I personally don't know what I can do about it. All I know is, I can have the hard conversations. I can listen to other people and learn. I can share what I know. What I will say is, let's all do our part in supporting little Gianna Floyd when she said, "My daddy changed the world!" Let's honor her, and let's honor her daddy and all the others. Let's not let them have died in vain. Let's do our part to contribute to the change. 💙💙💙 #BlackLivesMatter #ImListening
Recognizing how sensitive this particular topic is… Meri Brown opted to turn the comments off on her most recent Instagram posts. Perhaps she just isn’t interested in dealing with trolls right now.
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