I wasn’t going to write today. I haven’t been in the spirit of it. I haven’t felt like I have much to say. And, for the first time maybe ever in my life, I’m not forcing myself to do, to produce, to go-go-go. I’m allowing myself to just be.
That said, this is not the time to be silent.
Name a riot in our history that happened for no reason. I didn’t say to name one that happened for a reason you don’t agree with. I didn’t ask for your opinion on riots. I didn’t ask for facts on the consequences of riots. I’m just asking: has there ever been a riot for no reason at all?
I can’t think of one.
I also can’t think of one that didn’t explode from perceived injustice.
I don’t use the term “perceived” here to indicate that those injustices were not real; I just acknowledge that not everyone in the world saw or sees the injustice. But those who were compelled to speak up, to protest, or to riot certainly perceived the injustice.
And they fought back.
This is not the time to be silent.
And I’m no keyboard warrior. My work does not end here.
A former student wrote to me on Thursday. She wants to know what she can do in these intense times.
I simply reminded her to make sure that she treats herself and every single being she encounters in person and online with kindness, respect, and compassion. Her behavior, her choices are all she can control.
And if everyone made the commitment to treat themselves and others with dignity, what a different world we would live and breathe in.
Small right actions add up to lasting change.
This is not the time to be silent. Be safe. Much love.