Updated: Jun 10
Day 472 and Day 473
Day 462 and Day 463
6/1/20 and 6/2/20
I am a member of the human race.
And I feel compelled to stand against racial injustice.
It may or may not be coherent.
And it certainly isn't perfect.
I believe we can all do better.
And we can't do that in silence.
I decline to state on any form that asks about race and ethnicity.
I don't do that to be self righteous.
I just think it's ridiculous that we still classify humans by their color.
I can't wrap my head around racism.
It's heartless, cowardly, shameful.
There is no place for it in the human experience.
Nothing positive ever came of institutionalized hate.
I won't pretend to empathize with my brothers and sisters of color.
It would be insensitive to do so.
I acknowledge my privilege as a white male in American Society.
I'm thankful that I was raised in a prejudiced free environment.
A few years in the South introduced me to racism.
It was mind blowing to me.
I was honestly clueless that it still existed.
I couldn't and still can't even begin to comprehend it.
Why are we judging our fellow man because of the color of his skin?
Why are we killing our fellow man because of the color of his skin?
It's mind numbing.
We have to talk about it.
We have to live it.
We have to be better.
Are we not United?
The Beatles are playing in my head.
"Love is all you need."
Bob Marley, too.
"One love, one heart
Let's get together and feel alright."
And, of course, Jackie Moon.
"Everybody Love Everybody."
Love is the answer.
Love is what remains in the end.
This thing that is broken is generational.
We have to make it stop.
We have to educate our youth.
That work starts at home.
I will do my part to raise my children in a home that teaches them to take measure of a person by the contents of their heart, not the color of their skin.
This was different for me.
It took me a couple of days to work it all out.
It's still not good enough.
But it's what I've got.
I'll leave you with this:
..."Jesus declared, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’… - [Matt 22:37-39]
Can't we all just do that?