For some, words are not enough to signal a new direction. Several social media posts get reposted with screenshots of previous words, articles, or accusations accompanied by two simple words, phrased as a question: “This you?" It seems necessary to remind people of their worst when they were trying to be better—to be their best.
As humans, we are homogeneous creatures. We are naturally drawn towards and prefer to be with other people who are like us. I’m Black. I like being around Black people. Quite frankly, it feels safer. But just because it’s most comfortable does not mean it is right to live my life trying to avoid people who aren’t like me. We have to move ourselves out of what is comfortable in order to have any meaningful relational development with people who aren’t just like us.
This is something I’ve struggled with these last few days. What is the perfect protest? What is the recipe for the savory treats that are palatable for the majority to take and eat ye all of what needs to change? My reading of history has not provided me any perfect answers. The way we combat the forces of evil may vary, depending on the circumstance. Not every battle is the same fight.
I have two sons and a third on the way. Aside from my inability to ensure my own safety, as a Black man, I fear for my boys. If I am not safe at the store, in the gym, in my car, at the park, outside exercising, or even in my own home, how can I keep my boys safe?