Why We Can’t Wait by Martin Luther King, Jr, originally published in 1963.
Please read this.
And then ask yourself, especially if you are in a “white” body or identify with being “white”—what is in the way of your direct action, with our “black” brothers and sisters, to end racism? Can you see how this is everyone’s concern and if not why not?
AS MLK aptly said so very long ago:
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. (pp 87 Why We Can’t Wait)
Our current climate, and yes, we do have a shiny new president, but still, the unrest, the chaos, the ugliness—this is most definitely an imprint of the un-reconciled impact of slavery and genocide, and is very much a present-moment concern–one that stands to destroy more of what we love if we do not step up to face and begin to repair around the facts of genocide and slavery as the underpinnings of this Nation.
Whoa, a big task, easier to turn away, not our problem right?!—wrong. Turning away, we have done, this has not served, it is time now, build your muscle of tolerating the overwhelming task of refusing to allow injustice wherever you find it. You are strong enough. We are strong enough together.