Are we awake yet? Rise up! Did the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and now Rayshard Brooks find us so safely wrapped in white privilege we could not see repeated injustice? Rise up!
Are members of the silent majority of Americans finally seeing the pain done in their name every day? Are they complicit in their silence?
Or now that we have watched a man’s life indifferently taken in 8 minutes and 46 long seconds, can we finally agree to act? Please do not let this terrible moment slip away.
Rise up! Be useful! Bring your gifts to the table.
Listen, learn, cry out, pray, create, sing, imagine, protect, focus, rethink, act. And then legislate, together. It is time for America to squarely face the consequence of centuries of racism inflicted upon her people and to do the hard work required to ensure our nation’s fundamental promise of life, liberty and justice for all.
Please do not let this terrible moment slip away. Transform it into an opportunity of grace for us all.
Three Mile Bay