Some people will never understand inequality & injustice until it touches them in a very deeply personal and individualized way. That’s sad. When we fail to see our own humanity in the humanity and mistreatment of others, we enter a dangerous place. One that separates us in multiple ways, not just by race, by gender, class, or socioeconomics. We become separate in our ideas of humanity, separate in what is right & and just for the human being because we have bones, skin, a brain, & most of all, a heart. When we begin to be blind to our commonalities, we unconsciously normalize the mistreatment of our neighbors, our friends, our brothers and sisters in Christ. That which likens us, all one to another, cannot be separated.
When we begin to see rights guaranteed to all of us as conditional, as partial, as circumstantially applicable, we enter into a dangerous place. One where justice becomes a privilege and not a right. Where freedom becomes conditional, only available to some and not all. We defy the inherent nature of democracy: of the people, for the people, by the people. We teach our children that rights we are all guaranteed are of some people, for some people, and by some people, not for all people. We mustn’t take this lightly. To do so is to normalize something this country prides itself on, and that is the guaranteed rights and freedoms for all. This is my country. This is our democracy where these words: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, & the pursuit of happiness” guide our lives. Whenever I see these rights being compromised for any person, any human being, I will speak out. I will not be silent.
My courage is not of any good purpose if I do not exercise it. For I recognize that the denial of the rights of any human being is also the denial of my own. When we leave it to others to guess where we stand on issues of injustice, we perpetuate the practice of being silent for fear of retaliation, consequences, personal and/or professional, and acceptance among those we may call friends but know better. I refuse to be held hostage by fear & I refuse to not utilize the freedom granted to me by the same Constitution that makes it a right for others to express an opinion different than my own. This is what makes America great. This is what makes America, America. As an educator, I recognize that our children are watching. I will not make it unclear to them as to where I stood in times like these. They will always know unequivocally where Dr. Dixon stood and will eternally stand, and that is, “with liberty and justice for ALL”.
Peace, Love, Blessings to all who took a moment to read this. Xoxo