As a writer, I second guess everything I type onto social media, blogs, and even my books. I can spend days mulling over one paragraph or scene, wondering if it will be taken incorrectly or if it sounds the way I envision it in my head.
This post is no different.
Writing can lack expression, so I want to be crystal clear on my thoughts and feelings.
My heart is full of love and compassion for the people I share this planet with. At the same time, my heart grieves and aches for the lives we have so carelessly and maliciously lost this past week.
In many eyes, I am a white, privileged woman, who was born into an area where I was surrounded by abundance. I do not know what it is like to be truly in a state of poverty. Although I have been to the bottom of a pit, curled up in fetal position (literally), wondering if I will ever be able to climb back out, it was not the lowest pit in our world and this is something I recognize and acknowledge. My trials do not compare to what others in our world and nation have endured.
I have never walked in a store and been racially profiled. People do not walk by me and cling to their purses, partners or children. The fraction of racism I have encountered, is nothing compared to what black people are enduring, even in the 21st century.
I just want to say to all African Americans, I see you. I hear you. I BELIEVE you. And... I am on your side.
Today was the day I finally had my AH-HA moment. Yes, ALL LIVES DO MATTER. I agree! However, that is not the point. Right now there is a part of us that is hurting and that is why BLACK LIVES MATTER has become a movement. We are ALL in this together and just like a broken bone needs healing, we deserve to repair the damage we have done to the black people in our lives.
As well, let's support the men and women who put on their police uniform and serve and protect our communities. Let's teach our children to respect the ones who risk their lives every single day, on and off duty, to keep us safe. Yes, there are bad cops. No, they are not the majority. Respect goes both ways and until we learn and teach each other that ALL of us matter, nothing will change.
I refuse to sit by and wait to see what happens. I will do my part by NOT being silent. I am on the side of humanity and I want to change the way our world is functioning, reacting and responding to anyone who is different from themselves.
Together, let's discover a new way to make our world a better place. What we are doing now, is not working. We have the capability to step back, take a wider view and re-evaluate. Instead of reacting, we can act. Stand up for one another. Stop sitting back and expecting others to do the work. If every single person, stood up and said, "Enough is enough", I believe we will create a ripple effect that will have a positive impact for future generations.
No more lives need to be taken. No more violence needs to be acted upon. WE can make a change for the better and for once, really SEE each other.
I don't always have the right words and I don't always know what to say, but I'm here and willing to be a part of our Human Movement. I want our children to grow up in a safer world. I desire for us all to know and love each other as human beings.
I stand by my fellow humans.
Who's with me?