Afraid of; Afraid For
I've been thinking about these things all day. I'll be thinking about them for a long time.
I'll admit that I was naive. I thought "we" were better than that. I was wrong. I was told very frankly today by a friend how wrong I was. How my different our realities are just because of the color of our skin. It saddened me; it sickened me. And it awakened me.
I am awake.
I am aware. I will watch and I will care. I am one short,
overweight, older, white woman. You may be a tall, lanky, young black
man. We should be treated the same; I KNOW we are not. This playing
field is uneven; that's not fair. It never has been. But I will do
what I can to make it so because you could be my son, my spouse, my
friend. For now you are a stranger; just another human being outside
getting some exercise. I will not forget you and I will never take my privilege
and your RIGHTS for granted. And I pray that some day (some day soon?) with love and preserverance that our playing field WILL be even.