Being black in America should not be a death sentence. Let me repeat that for anyone who didn’t get it the 1st time — being black in America should not be a death sentence. One more time — just for emphasis — being black in America should not be a death sentence.
Being black in America should not be a reason for a white woman breaking a dog law to falsely summon police claiming hysterically that she was fearful for her life at the hands of a black man who had simply asked her to place her dog on a leash and was filming her crazed response.
Being black in America should not allow 2 gun-toting Georgia redneck thugs to gun you down and kill you because you were jogging and you didn’t follow what these vigilante would-be neighborhood protectors had ordered you to do.
And I say this as someone who has benefitted from white privilege (and every other privilege America offers) for 6 decades.
I am a white (WASP) heterosexual male, who was raised in an upper middle-class family with 2 working parents and was able to attend and graduate with a university degree, a “lottery winning combination” that has opened so many doors for me that still remain locked and closed to others of a different race, gender, ethnicity, religion, economic status, or sexual preference.
Of course, I am grateful for all I have been given, but if anything, my undeserved fortune demands that I speak out against injustice in any form, that I hold those in power over others to the highest of standards, and that I commit to standing with the powerless, with the voiceless, with all those groups weakened by decades of neglect, abuse, fear, and hate.
I hope you will join with me today and every day in clearly calling out — stop … enough is enough. It it long past time for change.
I am only one and you are only one, but we can join with others to become many. We may not be able to change the entire world, but working together we can make the small parts of the world we live in better, not just for ourselves and our time, but for our children, and our grandchildren, and all the children yet to come.