Today is the International Day of Peace.
Do we deserve peace without justice? Do we?
We have been trained to see black people in public as suspicious. As threats.
As runaway slaves.
The police used to catch runaway slaves.
We claim race doesn’t matter. We claim to “not see it”.
But if you have not put in the work–if you have not peeled back that layer in yourself that tenses up when you see a black person you don’t know walking down your street–if you are reading this and getting defensive that you are a “good person” who judges no one by outward appearance–
You could have been the white woman who shot the black man whose car broke down. I could have been her.
This is life or death for black people in America. The unexamined fears of white people like you and me have real consequences for black people.
So I ask us: do we deserve peace? Why do I deserve peace any more than a black person in this country?
We are addicted to racism. And the first step is accepting we have a problem. And then, we get to work, and AT BEST we will be recovering addicts.
This is never something that can be won. It is only something that can be made better.
And we MUST try.