The current events are a sad reminder of how we really haven’t grown as “One United Country”. In fact, it feels and looks like we are more divided in many ways. I saw this beautiful quote from Shannon Griffin at literally_cultured and I love it. I couldn’t say it any better myself. As I reflect on my own life, I grew up in a very white, middle class, midwestern town in Michigan with beliefs instilled from my environment.
Fortunately, I went away to college and had my own independent thoughts that were different from how I grew up. The exposure to different backgrounds, religions, and race helped to shape who I am today. My last 2 years of college I had an African American roommate and we had a blast together. I learned a lot from her, and admire her greatly as a strong, talented, beautiful woman who is successful pediatrician in the Detroit area. I am blessed that we are able to have race discussions as a way to learn from each other and deepen our friendship of 30+ years. My life is much better because she is in it!
As a “privileged” white woman, I need to use my voice and stand for change. I’ve had the honor of working with many hard working, smart, and incredibly loyal African American co-workers that I am proud to call my friends. I know we are better together, not apart and divided. I call on you to look deep within yourself to understand how you feel about the current events, and if you don’t like it, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. You are not alone, we can all stand together to make change. Let’s create a more accepting world together.