I've been trying to wrap my head around all the events these past weeks, and I haven't had much success.
I grew up in a small town in Northern Wisconsin in the 70's and 80's, racism and hate was not something that I experienced. While it was a prodeminately white community, and yes I am white, we respected everyone. I moved to New York when I was 20 (1988). I was, to say the least, shocked and heartbroken at how people of different races and ethnicities were treated.
Fast forward thirty-two years... When did things start going in reverse, why has the hate and discrimination gotten so much worse. When did some law enforcement officers become the bad guys. It saddens me every day when I turn on the news and another African American is senselessly killed.
I will never know the pain that African American men and women feel and have been experiencing for far too long. I do know that we all need to come together. regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation. We are all different in beautiful special ways. We need to embrace this differences and learn from each other.
Together we can make a difference. It all starts with baby steps. The racism has been escalating over years of unfounded hate and blindness towards our fellow citizens, African Americans. Look beyond what you see physically and look into their eyes and see the pain. We have the power to make that pain diminish. Open your hearts and be respectful and share kindness. Build others up instead of tearing them down. Don't assume because people are of one race or another that they are not going to be a good person. There are plenty of not so good people in every race; and everyone deserves the benefit of the doubt.
Together we are stronger, together we are unbroken, together we can do anything.