Yesterday it was stunning to see how many people that were White attended the Lynching Memorial in Annapolis. That tells me that the White Community wants to acknowledge the past. I would like to address and discuss issues but the problem is so much of the past is still alive. Everyday I fight the systemic racism that I was raised with. I remember the comments made by my parents and people in my community. As an adult, I've had to learn to adjust my language and my actions to be more open.
I wish this openness could be more prevalent. I wish the systemic racism in this country could be broken. I wish that the repeated racial violations in this country and in the world would stop. All we are doing is continuing a legacy of hatred and mistrust. We want to know why our communities aren't getting along and we question it like we don't know.
The solution is this and it is not a simple solution. The white community need to discuss the truth about the systemic racism. The black community needs to come out of the safety I'm talking amongst themselves and make it known. The two need to get together and yes it will get heated. Yes it will get ugly but if people listen and acknowledge reality and the fact that in 2019 these ideas are still prevalent perhaps...
I know I for one would like to feel that systemic racism should not be a problem. I know my battle with my family history and I would hope that in the most segregated hour which is today in our churches that we break some of the unspoken truths that need to come out. We say we're Communities of Faith and yet all these Communities of Faith are not coming together and talking. Churches are where so many actions began. We need to break down these walls and practice the openness that the first faith in the world principal is and will always be which is LOVE.
(This was posted on Facebook on Sunday, Sept. 8th)