Sometimes I tell myself, "Take a break. You don't have to think about these issues 24/7." And I could, in theory, take a break, because I'm a white, straight, Christian. There are still legitimate complaints I have against the establishment, but those three things give me some protections. The problem is, as a Christian, I care deeply for the well-being of others, and I don't sleep better knowing that I personally am less of a target. I care about refugees suffering horribly in need of shelter, food, water, and yet our nation slams the door in their faces (No room at this inn!). I care deeply for my friends of color and friends who are from the Middle East, who were harassed and threatened by neighbors and classmates in recent months. Neighbors and classmates who felt emboldened by the normalization of racist words and actions by prominent public figures.
And as much as I care deeply for strangers in need, friends who used to feel safe in their homes and communities but no longer do, and for so many others, these afflictions brought on by our government hit me much closer as well. I have three children. One of them is gay. Two of them are African-American immigrants. Because of them, I am part of the LGBT community. I am part of the AA community, and part of the community of immigrants. When it comes to our children, there is no Me, there is only We. So, I will continue to struggle, as perhaps a majority of Americans now do, to find a way to progress, to continue to build up, especially where others are tearing down with such wild abandon.
Maybe that's the answer I've been looking for. Just getting through isn't enough. Building up isn't even enough anymore. Now is the time to build up with "wild abandon."
Wishing everyone peace, hope and strength! And as always, blessing. ~Em