I wrote a new thought-piece for REVERB. But when it came time to post it, I couldn’t pull the trigger.
No matter what I wrote, it felt wrong. I just couldn’t focus. So, I spent much of the week just staring at the computer screen, moving words around. And I know why.
I’m totally distracted.
As if the pandemic wasn’t enough, we’re witnessing our country being ripped apart in real time. Every day, it’s a new, chaotic horror. The news coverage has shaken me to the point that I can’t put my phone down. There’s not enough brain bleach to un-see those images. And it’s hard to imagine bridging this racial divide.
Then, I read about Kiara Butler.
Ms. Butler is staging PR(iSM) RESISTANCE COALITION webinars in hope of moving the conversation from being non-racist to being anti-racist. That’s a huge chasm.
Being racially tolerant isn’t enough. Kiara asks the tough question, ’Are white Americans willing to become an active part of the solution?’
Clearly, ignorance comes in all colors. But I’ve been heartened by images of cops kneeling with protesters. I’m encouraged by young people, of all races, who’ve banded together. And I’m hopeful that by exposing our worst behavior, we can begin to heal.
I feel a bit better now, thanks.