These are the events of our time. Our time. This isn't a look back to a time when our parents were small children. This is now.
One of the things I'm troubled by today is the anticipation of the question from my children in several years - "where were you?"
I don't have an answer.
Speaking out on social media isn't enough. Writing this blog post for a handful of readers isn't enough. We are past the point of assuming this behavior will calm down. It won't. Our President is stoking this anger and entitlement every single day.
You don't have to be a democrat to think racism is wrong. You don't have to be liberal to recognize racism, homophobia and misogyny. You just have to recognize humanity.
This isn't a problem that exists "out there", in other places, for other people. It's a problem in every city and town in this country.
I believe the test isn't who is willing to stand up against racism, terrorism and homophobia. It is not about a willingness to engage in an argument of who is right.
This sank in when I came across the quote, "what you tolerate, you support."
It is time people speak up on what they are for. It is time our social media feeds fill with people standing for something instead of only against things. It is time we stop accepting behavior that isn't for the right things. If the vast majority of people believe racism is wrong. Speak for equality. Don't remain silent. Look for ways to support those from marginalized communities.
So, I will start. In no particular order. I'm for:
- equal opportunity regardless of race, gender identity, sexual orientation or socio-economic background.
- a justice system that is fair and equitable.
- a health care system that improves the lives of all of our community, not just those that can afford it.
- a society that doesn't tell our children what they can and can't be. They can be anything they want to be, and that should be encouraged.
- an educational system that helps address generational poverty.
- increased investment in access & treatment of mental health issues and addiction.
Now it's your turn...what are you for?