We must work at peace
The news is buzzing after horrifying recent events in Charleston, South Carolina, where a white terrorist went into a place of worship and killed black people praying. As we respond emotionally, intellectually, and politically, let’s also remember the systems and contexts for this crime. The very painful, uncomfortable truth is that racism “is not merely the work of hotheaded demagogues, or a matter of false consciousness, but a force so fundamental to America that it is difficult to imagine the country without it” (From “The Case for Reparations” by Ta-Nehisi Coates).
As a very smart friend reminded me, “privilege is being rewarded for working hard” and that is not a privilege all are accorded in this nation.
Instead, working hard, preaching peace, and arguing for democracy will not protect certain Americans from race hatred that is excused away by some (including elected officials), ignored or minimized, and wished away by others.
WE the people must protect each other and share the privileges of being allowed to live in peace and be rewarded for our hard work.
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