It is ALL of our Responsibility!!!

Yesterday, I read a post from a friend, who is a POC stating that she was standing in her apartment crying; that is how stressful, fear inducing and overwhelming it is to be Black in America right now.

I can’t imagine how terrifying it is to be: a person of color, Jewish, trans, gay, or a member of any other marginalized group right now. I’m sad, angry, depressed, frustrated, despondent, furious, disillusioned, overwhelmed and losing hope myself, and I don’t have to fear for my life/safety when I leave the house.

I am calling out racism and bigotry everywhere I see it, from one on one conversations with fellow white people in hopes of making them understand that silence is violence, to writing/calling my congress critters, to donating money to organizations fighting for justice.

For every person who is able to express how scared they are, how many more are suffering in silence?

How many people who are just trying to live their lives feel this way and aren’t comfortable sharing it out?

How can we as a nation allow this shit to continue?

We MUST stand up against hate, we MUST stand up against discrimination. We as white people with privilege MUST use that privilege to dismantle the system that allows not only the overt displays of hatred and bigotry, but the underlying issues that cultivate it.

The KKK, neo-Nazis, any group that is based in hate and superiority is a CANCER that has no place in the body of this country.

Anyone or group that supports or makes excuses for these people, up to, including and especially the current occupant of the White House need to be shut down. No, there aren’t “many sides”. There are two sides, “right” and “wrong”.

For those of you who “don’t want to be political”. That’s privilege right there because it doesn’t affect you personally.

You want to respect/let people have their views because you’ve known them since 2nd grade? You’re part of the problem.

You want to get out of taking action by claiming to support “free speech”? The first amendment does not protect speech that incites people to violence/to commit illegal acts.

You need to SPEAK UP! To your friends, racist uncle, neighbors, and political representatives. Those who support hate need to be shunned. They need to know that they have no place in a civilized society and that we won’t suffer their attitudes/actions.

Your silence allows this shit to continue, unchecked.

Your silence is violence.

Which brings me back to the beginning of this little missive.

We all have friends who are hurting, scared, disenfranchised and who are being targeted by the hate that the current occupant of the White House has emboldened and empowered.

While we need to keep fighting the big fight on all levels, we must not forget those who are suffering the most.

Check in with them, tell them you love them, tell them you will fight for them. Don’t expect them to tell you how to do that, but listen if they do.


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I Weep, I Will…

I do not weep for myself…

I weep for those whose very lives depend on subsidized health care

I weep for couples in same sex marriages

I weep for people of color

I weep for those who are transgender

I weep for young girls being treated as objects to be judged, groped and abused

I weep for young boys being raised in a culture of toxic masculinity

I weep for young women who rely on community clinics for birth control and reproductive health care

I weep for refugees

I weep for those of non-Christian faiths

I weep for those sent to war for profit

I weep for the environment

Do not mistake my tears for weakness.

They are part of a process

With every tear, my heart fills with new resolve.

I WILL make a difference

I will feed people who are hungry

I will defend people who are persecuted and bullied

I will empower those who feel powerless

I will counter your hate with love

For every hateful act you commit or condone, I will act in kindness

For every person you abuse or marginalize, I will lift someone up

For every curse you utter, I will sing a praise

Love will win

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L. Lisa Lawrence November 9th, 2016

 


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Sad

Today I am sad.

I am sad for those who are disenfranchised, discriminated against and have no hope for justice.

I am sad for those who lack the compassion to understand the realities of people with other life circumstances.

I am sad for those who live in fear.

I am sad for those who choose to hate.

I am sad for those communities who are now labeled “those people who bring it on themselves” because outside agitators, anarchists and others looking for an excuse to commit violent and criminal acts used their tragedy to do so.

I am sad for public servants whose profession has been tainted and whose jobs have become much more dangerous due the actions of those who use the job to have power over rather than serve others.

I am sad for local businesses and hardworking people who have suffered damage and loss.

I am sad for the families, friends and loved ones of those who have been hurt and killed.

I am sad that I am seen by some as the enemy.

I am sad that I am not likely to see a post racial United States in my lifetime.

I am sad that this, is the legacy we are passing on to our children 50 years after the Civil Rights Act was enacted.

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We all (well those of us in the USA) know what anniversary is being observed tomorrow.

My friend John posted this on his Facebook page today.

”A word on 9/11: I stood on the balcony of my office building and watched the Pentagon burn nearby. IMO we are far worse off nine years later than we were then. Loss of freedom, wars, deficits, and a lot more hate and intolerance. A lot of people have died for very little. Maybe someday this nightmare will end. Maybe”.

That well written,short, succinct and provocative statement well under the character limit for a Facebook status update said it all.

I am going to be far FAR away from the media blitz tomorrow.

Each year on 9/11 I escape from it.

Tomorrow, a friend and I will be heading up into to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness in the Central Cascades.

I am hoping to be well enough after three days on antibiotics to be able to make it up to Surprise and Glacier Lakes.

Tomorrow, I will be Celebrating LIFE and HEALING

~L

Mood: Contemplative



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