As I awoke early this morning to more sad news and videos of my city and many others, a simple post on social media didn’t feel right. As I watch and listen to how the world is responding, I am struggling to find the right words during this moment of deep divide, but I simply can’t be silent, so I will try my best.
At no time is it ever acceptable to marginalize anyone’s rights, feelings, or freedoms—regardless of skin color, class, religion, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic. For people of color to worry about going for a run, a drive, a walk, or enjoying any of life’s freedoms that white people never have to think twice about is an atrocity. We must do better.
As a white woman, I have to use my privilege for good. It’s simply not enough to pound my fist in rage. For now, I am listening, learning, and spreading as much love as I can. I am teaching my son the importance of judging people not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character and the love in their heart.
As we work through how we can be part of the solution to this enormous problem, we have made a donation to Color of Change, an organization dedicated to ending practices that unfairly hold Black people back and championing solutions that move us all forward.
We will continue to learn and grow over the coming days, weeks, and months and we hope that we all find peace in our progress. This work is worth our effort as we build a better country and a brighter future.
We stand together, we stand strong, and we stand with each and every person who has been marginalized.
Stay strong and keep love in your heart.
If you are wanting to learn more, consider this extremely insightful TED Talk by Phillip Atiba Goff on fighting racism and improving policing.