I realize a few of my recent blog posts may have made some readers uncomfortable. Good. Maybe you needed to feel that level of discomfort. Discomfort often precedes growth. And, it’s likely this is an issue you’ve been avoiding for a while.
This video of Portland protesters laying down with their hands behind their backs for nine minutes in memory of George Floyd may also make you uncomfortable. It should also give you hope.
I also want to state my position in the plainest way I can:
I stand against racism, hatred, and the abuse and misuse of power. I stand with the black community. Black men matter. Black women matter. Black children matter. Black lives matter.
If you have trouble finding the right words to express yourself, feel free to copy and paste the above lines and share it far and wide. You can also share this post. Share buttons are above and below.
Here’s the thing: the death of a human being should bother you more than a spotty WiFi connection. The death of a human being should bother you more than a slightly incorrect order at the McDonald’s drive-thru window. They forgot your fries. Your coffee is lukewarm. Oh, no!
If you’ve ever publicly or privately expressed more frustration and anger at those or similar events transpiring than the death of another human being, that says something about your moral compass and level of empathy.
You can mend that. And, it’s easier than you think. The first step is no longer remaining silent. When you see injustice, call it out by name. It’s possible to speak calmly and denounce the wrongs of the world.
But choosing to remain silent for fear of discomfort is no longer the answer. It never was.
Remember: what you don’t say often says more about you than what you do say. Your children are listening. What do they hear?
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