Listen, I Totally Understand: an Op-Ed by Your Black Lives Matter Profile Picture


Your Black Lives Matter Profile Picture, Contributing Writer

Listen—I get it. No, really. I totally understand.

We’ve been together for three weeks now. Three weeks of awareness, of joy, of pain, and of, what, 67 likes? But I get it. We’ve had our ups and downs, and nothing lasts forever. You want to move on, and I totally understand that.

I’m not upset! So what if we took a powerful stand against racism and extrajudicial violence together? And so what if we got more likes than your last three profile pictures combined? When your friends see that you’ve moved on from me on their newsfeeds, I’m sure they won’t think your new picture is trivial and stupid in comparison. They probably know that this is just a part of life. These things come and go.

You took a picture with your friends during Homecoming Weekend. You don’t have to lie, I’ve seen it. You guys look super cute in it! With your hot chocolate and schnapps and Amherst sweaters. Really cool and original, seriously! I would completely understand if that’s what’s next for you. Definitely not a downgrade.

I’m happy for you! I really am. No, really. I’m not just saying that.

I mean, I’ll always be a part of your online presence. Any time somebody scrolls through your profile pictures, they’ll see me there. Our time together is crystallized. I’ll be there to remind you and your friends of the great times we shared, for the rest of your life. And that’s enough for me.

No, no, no, don’t be sorry! There’s nothing to be sorry about. I’m only crying because I’m so happy for you.

I love you.