America has a funny relationship with its history.
For the last couple of weeks, I have been asked how we’re feeling.
It’s a tough question to answer, but I want to be fully transparent with all of you.
We are sick with emotion. Overwhelmed, disgusted, angry, scared, anxious, confused, exhausted, traumatized, and mentally drained.
And the toughest part about all of this is that these feelings are essentially on repeat because racial injustice has always been a part of our lives.
This time it's different....this time it's people who we consider friends that are posting, commenting and sharing content amongst themselves- mocking, and ridiculing the black community.
Everyday is a new gut punch.
But not to worry, I am fully aware of who the real enemy is. I am very much awake.
And so I wonder...what has been their experiences...to allow this conclusion.
Because these are not bad people.
These are people who would give anyone their last without hesitation.
I work with them.
Our children play together.
So how are they ok with these memes...essentially mocking who I am?
And so we talk, and have the uncomfortable conversations...and I hear their experiences.
& then we both realize...they have no idea.
Racism and white supremacy is so systematically & deeply engraved into this country that people have become numb to it.
Racist jokes are normalized...people are made to feel indifferent about them.
This goes both ways.
We laugh it off and suppress it, otherwise it's uncomfortable.
How else is it so easy for society to understand why a child would shoot up a school after 4 months of bullying, but can't understand why an entire group of people would feel so much pain after 400 years of systematic oppression?
We are all a product of our surroundings, and our surroundings have been flawed....for generations.
This nation must first learn from the mistakes of our history if we are ever to heal and have peace.
But first, we've got to have the uncomfortable conversations with each other.
If any of this resonates with you, feel free to reach out to me. Would love to hear from you.
I want to have the conversation with you, hear your experience, and also share mine.
With love and peace,