“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” ~ Elie Wiesel
My heart is broken today over the completely hate filled murders of 37-year-old Alton Sterling and 32-year-old Philando Castile. Yes, they are murders. I am white, I am privileged and I am completely ashamed to be in the white race. I am distraught and outraged by these and all of the killings that continue to take place with absolutely no regard for the human rights of all individuals.
Hatred and injustice feels like a precipitous wall that can’t seem to be conquered.
While listening and watching the news reports I am even more disgusted at what I am hearing. I am sick of hearing how, we must investigate and get the facts while white people with guns are NOT treated in this fashion. We must as a society stop allowing the racist and hate filled culture to continue. It is propagated and passed down from generation to generation. It is not something you automatically have. It is taught. It is planted and cultivated.
We must stand up and say, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Why is this allowed to continue. Why aren’t we holding people accountable for acting on their own ignorant fears. Fears, ignorance and supremacists views are deep rooted in this nation and even around the world because people refuse to view their fellow human beings with the same value and regard that they hold for themselves and their own families.
We MUST make the madness stop.
Black Lives Matter. I can’t even begin to imagine the fear that our African American families must live with every moment of every day when they step out into the streets. Never knowing if they will be the next one. If their children will make it home safely. Will their fathers, husbands, brothers and sons live to see another day.
This must end NOW! Not tomorrow! TODAY.
We as white individuals must stand up when we hear racist, hateful, and narrow-minded remarks around us. We must speak out and refuse to listen to people who have those views. We cannot continue to turn our eyes the other way and shake our heads when we know that they must be told. They must know that it is not acceptable. EVER!