I have not posted for awhile. Here is why.
It has all just been too much.
The Pulse Nightclub Mass Shooting
The 5 Police Officers gunned down in Dallas
The Killing of a US Citizen by Robot Bomb
The Nice, France Bastille Day Massacre
The hatred in my newsfeed – for blacks, for cops, for Muslims
The craziness of the Presidential Election. Seriously, we are going from President Obama to Trump Inc. or Hillary?!? What the hell?
Y’all…the developing Republican Platform.
This is by no means a comprehensive list.
It is exhausting. And heartbreaking. And even though there is no time in history when it was better to be alive – There is still…
SO. MUCH. PAIN.
There is too much hate and not enough love.
There is too much division and not enough community.
There is too much suspicion and not enough trust.
There is too much blame and not enough understanding.
Here is where I stand.
Black Lives Matter.
I support law abiding Police Officers and thank them for their service.
Rape is wrong.
Killing unarmed people is wrong.
I am pro common sense gun control laws.
As a white ally, I must stand up and confront racism whenever and wherever I encounter it. I also must examine my own motives and assumptions every day.
As a white feminist, I must listen to my sisters of color and their experience and recognize that even as women, we are frequently not treated equally.
Truly loving our neighbors (all our neighbors – including people of color AND good cops), which means sacrificing for their wellbeing, standing up for them when they are being mistreated, and providing and protecting their children is the only remedy.
We must look for the image of God in one another. For we are all Imago Dei and none of us is better or more human than another.
I will leave you with this prayer.