"Forget the hours of suffering, but not what they have taught you." - Holocaust survivor
I feel our nation is suffering. The coronavirus has painfully impacted hundreds of thousands of our fellow humans. The Black Lives Matter movement was given rebirth when we saw George Floyd murdered on our various screens. Because of our technology, he was not murdered once. In our eyes and hearts he was murdered repeatedly. Racism, slavery, and inhumanity has murdered black women and men for 600 years.
We committed genocide against the native people of this land. There are very few indigenous people left to share their beautiful cultures. Latinx parents and their children continue to be imprisoned at our borders. We tear families apart with an ignorance that is inconceivable.
Those of us on the path of peace and unity are not to blame for the past, but we are responsible for the future. There are moments when I am afraid to speak my truth. Resilience is part of my character. In every way possible, I will create a safe place for dialogue. Every moment we are together is an opportunity to speak our truth and share our character. I want to create a safe emotional space so we can honor all of the courageous souls who have given their lives for the radical dream of democracy. I will do all that I can so that generations who died will not have died in vain. I will not let the dream of peace and unity die in me.