Black Lives Matter

June 5, 2020

Friends,
There has been much talk this week about how much turmoil the US is in right now. The sobering fact is that this turmoil, grief, and outrage is an everyday reality for many across the country who are confronted with the injustice of our systems regularly because of the color of their skin.

I am a white person who grew up in a small town with enough diversity to fill a teaspoon. I cannot speak to the experience of my Black brothers & sisters and I can never truly understand what it is to walk in your shoes. What I can do is listen, learn, educate, speak out, and elevate your voices which have gone unheard for too long. I can take the time to acknowledge my white privilege and that I have not always been the ally I need to be for the BIPOC community. I can also acknowledge that it is my privilege as a white person that makes my silence an option and that I have benefited from systems that are unjust, oppressive, and racist. I share this with you because in order to be better and do better we have to understand, reflect on, and acknowledge our privileges, biases, and what we don’t know. There is work to be done and we all have a part to play. Continue reading