Hello, friends. It’s been a long time. I am positive this post will be preaching to the choir. For that, I am glad to know you. It took a bit to coalesce as I ruminated over the past week’s tragic events and subsequent response. I hope it leaves you validated if you are already taking action. I hope it spurs you to act if you are watching from the sidelines. It is time we took a harsh look at ourselves in the mirror to determine whether or not we like what we see as well as how we want to be seen by the world. Now is a pivotal moment in our nation’s history, and we get to decide whether we turn toward each other in unity or away. Do we continue to let the boisterous minority dictate its doctrine of hatred, bigotry, and isolationism? Or do we rise up together to resuscitate the life of our Constitution, and thus, move this country toward unity and equality for all?
I am reminded of Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech, where he tells us that it is not the time for cooling off or to accept gradualism. It’s been over 60 years, and his words are more poignant than ever. These past 60 years has been an exercise in gradualism. During these long years, we have seen people elected into positions of power and appointed to judicial roles whose beliefs are the antithesis of what this country stands for. That is why we are frustrated and angry, and we protest in the streets. That is why we write our senators, representatives, governors, and mayors for laws to be changed and justice to be served. That is why we boycott businesses who support prejudicial doctrine.
That is why white America must be silent no longer.
We have a duty to throw the spotlight on those who perpetrate crimes against our fellow citizens of color, our brothers and sisters. Expose those in positions of authority, who are guided by and act upon their racist ideology and bigotry, and demand they be held accountable for their actions. Call out those who spew racial epithets and spread ignorant, stereotypical propaganda in our presence. And don’t back down.
Will it be easy? Will it be comfortable? Probably not, at first. But we can make it even more uncomfortable and inhospitable for those who display such ignorance.
My daughter marched and protested in downtown Phoenix yesterday. Yes, she wore a mask. I asked her about the experience. She said, “Mom, it was hot, and I had trouble breathing with the mask and the heat. But I thought, at least I’m still alive. At one point, I had to sit down. The ground was so hot. And again, I thought, at least I’m still alive and I can get back up off the ground. As long as I am alive, I can march and protest for those who aren’t.” These protests must continue until we see tangible proof of systemic change to address the systemic racism that’s been allowed to run rampant for decades, centuries.
As a nation, we can and we must look in the mirror and make certain we can be proud of who is staring back at us.
Document with links to educate and to act: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MgDJYiN5bXfupsPIs3nM9Q7gJH3RJaClxs7h0Tpgt28/mobilebasic
Black Lives Matter Homepage: https://blacklivesmatter.com