I learned a hard lesson last fall.
My silence has caused pain.
My complacency has bred injustice.
My privilege has blinded my eyes and heart in ways I could have never realized if I had not chosen
to pay attention, to listen, to look, and to learn.
This is not about my goodness or thoughtfulness.
This is not about me, at least not in those ways.
Hopefully not ever.
This is an acknowledgement that I am part of the problem and if I do not do anything or say anything and stand in solidarity, may I be damned.
Do you hear the weeping?
Does it break your heart?
People are losing their lives.
LOSING THEIR LIVES.
The color of their skin.
I enjoyed a nice cup of tea this afternoon, reading updates about these tragedies in the comfort of my apartment on the top floor of a building nestled into an all too familiar Pleasantville-esque neighborhood.
Keep scrolling through to something more "entertaining", something to distract and push the story to the back of my mind? Makes justifications for injustice?
Either way, there are no repercussions for me.
Or I can
and let it sink in.
How long, O Lord?
Say their names.
See their faces.
May this very darkest of nights break into dawn.