In high school I witnessed a fight and like many high school kids I watched from a far not to get too close because those things can get wild. I was a good kid so I guess school administrators had different expectations of me from those hooligans chanting “fight, fight.” My principal at the time told me “if you didn’t break it up or didn’t call an adult when you saw something wrong you’re part of the problem.”
Please understand I am not comparing the murder of an innocent man to that of a school yard fight. What I am looking to communicate is that being silent and choosing to opt out of the conversation is turning a blind eye to injustice and systematic oppression. Thank you to my White friends who have called and text over the past week. They are trying and asking how to help. If you choose not to march or protest, fine, I totally understand. Doing nothing is a willful act. Here’s a fantastic story titled “Privileged” by Kyle Korver. There are so many ways to get involved like standing up to that person in your family, you know who I’m talking about. I ask that you check your privilege and ask how you can use it to help. Doing nothing and staying silent….ask yourself why you’re choosing not to speak out. Maybe therein-lies the problem.
My prayers go out to the Aubrey, Taylor, and Floyd family. I also pray that ours sons and daughters make it home to live another day.
Two knees. One protesting in the grass, one pressing on the back of a man’s neck. Choose. You have to choose which knee you will defend.” Jim Calloway