We can choose to stay mired in the dust of yesterday’s words, understandings and cling to a past where what we thought it correct, for black men and women having to adhere to Jim Crow laws. Like people using the word crippled, and not seeing the person. We can choose to see our ideas of what was as we think it should be or we can observe the other side.
The methodology of violence is nearly implausible. But what we can’t ignore is the emotion behind those methods. Emotions, one may say are misleading and will not allow the ability to see logic. Logic takes a back seat to the fear of loss of your life, and the right to enjoy the same rights that we enjoy as white Americans.
We need to move to the middle to understand that we can accept the knowledge of what fear is based on what our society is for those on the outside looking in at being accepted, not patronized and not looked down upon. It is a choice to know that we are in a place in history, that if history repeats itself as it does, we will look back upon this time as a time when white people had the choice to be on the right side of history.
It is a difficult choice to make when we see burning, rioting and looting. But what we don’t see is the future, and a chance to get it right on behalf of the people we supposedly supported black Americans when Amaud Arbery and George Floyd to name just two were slain. At the end of the day every man and woman has the right to due process under the rights of the law. Mistakes were made, mistakes have been taught. Mistakes continue to be taught.
We don’t have to agree with the collateral damage we see in the Pacific Northwest and countless other locations around our still beautiful country. But what we do have to see is that mothers have the right to see their family come home every day to live life as they see fit, not how we think they should live their life.
Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is a guaranteed right to all. We must have cool enough heads to not add fuel to the fire and ask ourselves what do we want to be remembered for? I’d like to be a proponent of the how this country was founded nearly 250 years ago, how about you? We have at this far too long to still be asking ourselves these questions.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness
Move to the middle and look back at the men and women who felt it okay to not allow black men and women to vote, eat with white people, live in the same parts of towns and counties and worship in the same church. This is a choice for you to free, not the other way around. The greatest part is that it just means you changing your mind and your words.