Consider from new point of view
More times than I’m willing to keep count, I’ve witnessed the looks of familiar disappointment on the faces of my friends. Who, based solely on the color of their skin, are forced to live in an free country feeling unsafe.
This perplexes me, a white male. That in the year 2020 we’re discussing such things as launching a manned rocket to Mars and implant cerebral microchips that can regain a person’s lost eyesight but still feel the need to disregard a person’s life because they are a minority.
We’ve all been taught in school about the evil and violent years this country pained through to create progress in civil rights. We hear the history but why can we not seem to absorb the lessons?
I’ve thought a lot about Juliette Hampton Morgan and Viola Liuzzo two women, both white, who thought enough of humanity that they disregarded their born privilege and ultimately their lives to stand up and do the right thing. We need to be more like these heroes. We need to be allies.
People aren’t inferior because of the color of their skin. People should only be considered inferior human beings when they show ignorance to other people because of the color of their skin. I’m embarrassed for this country. I’m tired. And if I, the white male, is tired how tired are my friends?
Injustice isn’t infinite and my friends can’t make change on their own. God knows they’ve tried. It’s going to take allies willing to take the social risk to do the right thing for all people to change injustice.
I’ve watched the news this past week and have seen the protests across this country by a community that has grown tired of the way they’ve been treated. I’m sure there are a lot of white families that are fearful to venture into these cities because of risk of unjust violence based off the color of your skin.
My question to you is ... How does it feel?
Don’t close eyes to first wrong
I heard about the demonstration over the Memorial Day Weekend. A group from Take Back Kentucky had gone to protest how Gov. Andy Beshear has had our state on lockdown and wanted it to stop. During that protest, some people had taken a dummy representing Beshear with the words Sic Semper Tyranis (Thus Always to Tyrants) and hung it from a tree.
The hanging of our governor in effigy was met with outrage and condemnation from elected officials of both parties and many others. I understand how this is not an acceptable way to express yourself and the protesters could have found another way to make their point.
I do have a few questions for those who have been so quick and vocal in their outrage.
Where were you when our governor was running roughshod over our civil rights? When he banned church services in violation of our 1st Amendment rights until stopped by a federal court order, where were you? When he shut down most small businesses and told health care providers not to do elective treatment, yet kept Planned Parenthood’s abortion clinic open, where were you? As thousands were forced out of work and unable to get unemployment assistance while Gov. Beshear and his fellow state employees haven’t missed a paycheck, where were you? And when our governor still has not committed to a full reopening of this state insisting that he grasp onto to his new for every minute possible, where were you?
As I asked in my last letter, is this about health or power? I know there are those who will be quick to say that two wrongs don’t make a right. Fine, now what about Gov. Beshear’s first wrong?