I spent the last four days squeezing out the last bit of summer with my kids. Annie and I went on a fun road trip to San Francisco, and then when we came back we met up with my mom and James and spent a day at Disneyland. The rest of our summer (only a week left!) will be spent prepping for school – doctor visits, eye exams, haircuts, clothing shopping, etc. So long, summer, we hardly knew ye.
As the breaking news alerts from Charlottesville started to light up my phone, I had to make the decision to put it on my back burner. This is, of course, my privilege as a cis white woman. So many people in this country don’t get to choose to focus on fun adventures with their children instead of systematic racism and LITERAL FREAKING NAZIS.
I returned home yesterday and was up most of the night reading articles and watching speeches and documentaries. I am repulsed by what I saw. I am disgusted that ANYONE could believe or imply that there are “good” white supremacists. I am stunned that anyone would say Heather Heyer’s death was justified. I am awestruck by the bravery of her parents.
Hatred and bigotry have no place in this country. What is happening to us?
I am not going to stand by and let my children or anyone else’s grow up like this. If we don’t all say ENOUGH, then I fear there will soon be no turning back.
This is not okay, and those who are silent are complicit.
“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”
~ Elie Wiesel
I will not be silent.