Racism has no place in society. It is not enough to be white and quietly decry events of the last few weeks not to mention the years – centuries actually – of US history, while black Americans are harassed, detained, overlooked, disrespected, profiled, injured, accused, and killed. It’s time to speak up, stand together, and fight racism, inequality, injustice, and intolerance.
I take this stand publicly on behalf of my family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, and fellow citizens of the world. I value and seek to honor the humanity in all people of color, which is something I have endeavored to do my entire life, but with an ever louder voice over the last 15 years or so. I grew up watching Sesame Street, for crying out loud, and saw nothing but beauty: no reason for hate, ever.
My heart aches over the deaths we’ve witnessed. American public education and society overall does a poor job of bearing witness to the pain of the black community and working to heal it.
No doubt, I have a lot to learn but I’m willing to do the work in big and small ways. I’m going to make mistakes with the things I say and do, and I ask for grace in the process. All I know is, what I’m witnessing in America is wrong.
We must do better.
In the words of Glennon Doyle or Hillary Clinton or whomever said it first, “There is no such thing as other people’s children.” We’re ALL God’s children, are we not?
But staying silent and letting someone else handle this battle? No more.
What about you?
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