Source: America Magazine
The Responsibility in Creating Change Belongs to ALL OF US
There is an upsurge in media coverage (not an upsurge in incidence) of horrendous injustice, discrimination and police brutality. In recent months the news has been filled with tragic incidents, one after the other including the Ahmaud Arbery murder in Georgia, the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and the Central Park story.
At this time, it is essential that people share what this news feels like to them and remember that the responsibility in creating change belongs to ALL OF US no matter who or where we are. In order to create large scale change, we must look within. We must start with ourselves; be and create the change that is needed NOW.
It seems like the near-constant barrage of negative news stories is taking a toll on Americans and their mental health and many are feeling hopeless and in utter despair. It is important to remember that we are not helpless. Every individual has an innate responsibility to do good in this world and treat others equally, no matter where they are from or what they look like. The onus of making this world a better place is on all of us.
It is natural to be terrified, angry and devastated upset about the news. Not everyone understands what it's like to feel under siege. But it is the responsibility of all of us to create change. Now, more than ever, it is time to develop and cultivate a culture of empathy. It is important that we take on a dialectical stance. When we can see a kernel of truth in all points of view, even the most horrendous (their upbringing, social history, etc), conversation, and therefore shifts can occur. The starting point begins with understanding how it could make sense that a person feels or behaves a particular way. You don’t need to agree with that point of view, but by starting from a place of understanding we can achieve more understanding and greater peace and unity.
We are asking for a call to action. When we talk about the need to do better as a society, we are simply kicking the can down the road. The time and opportunity to create change is now. If each of us does one thing, it will impact another person to do something, which will then impact another and so on. Please join us.