“We have hard days ahead. I want to help.
I intend to avoid:
-Speaking and writing in sweeping generalizations
-Following snap judgments about groups, or individuals based on their group membership
-Labeling and shaming people or groups as ‘racist,’ ’ignorant,’ ‘stupid,’ ‘lazy,’ etc.
Instead, I resolve to:
-Ask more questions; say things like, “Tell me more…”
-Listen to people’s stories
-Look for what we have in common—shared interests and values, rather than opposing positions
-Practice awareness of my own biases and how they influence my perceptions, words, and actions
I will listen for peace.”
In honor of those who lost their lives this past week:
Alton Sterling, Baton Rouge, LA
Philando Castile, Falcon Heights, MN
Brent Thompson, Lorne Ahrens, Patrick Zamarripa, Michael J. Smith, Michael Krol, Dallas, TX
What can I, one person, do, in the face of such tragedy and pain? How can I help?
I write this post to document my personal intentions for living peacefully. Maybe that’s what I’ve been doing all along on this blog—recording the insights, keeping the journal—so I can remind myself of my ideals and aims, when things get confusing and I lose focus.
The way I see it, the temporal juxtaposition of killings on/by ‘both sides’ of the racial divide this past week led to an important shift in the national conversation on race and violence. I know I will not do justice to all the complexities of our issues in one blog…
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