I've had such mixed emotions this weekend. We celebrated my son's birthday - one of the happiest days of my life - but the turmoil going on right now in our country made me sad and angry and worried.
I was raised to appreciate people's differences including skin color, religion and more. My grandfather was an immigrant and was very outspoken about never reducing anyone to their physical appearance or their culture. He passionately spoke against letting any kind of prejudice take root in your soul.
He died before I was born.
It was my mom who shared his passion with me to the point that I know exactly how he would be feeling right now. He would be livid and heartbroken. I know he would be sharing these views with my children.
By most standards, my kids are too young to be racist. It is a learned viewpoint and we have never taught them anything but kindness to everyone. But as these times are showing, they are not too young to learn to be an example against prejudice, against racism. It is never too early to teach the strength it takes to stand for what is right.
It is not just enough to teach inclusion - we must teach them to fight against the injustice plaguing POC that has infected so much of our societal structure. There is no "one" person to blame so we must take on the burden of guilt as a country, as the privileged, and make it a priority in our lives to be part of the change needed.
As a mother, I became acutely aware that I must raise children who understand and are compelled to be part of the change. We cannot passively rely on someone else to do the work. An opinion is not enough. We must start in our homes and teach the next generation to be actively against the ugliness and hate that is ruining lives and tearing apart communities. We can do more outside of the home too but let's not neglect the noble calling we have to raise the next generation.
I am sorry I have not been a better example. I will not be voiceless in this fight. My actions will leave no doubt of where I stand. This must stop.
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