A Message to My White Friends

To my white friends,
I know it may be difficult to speak out against the recent tragic incidents in Ferguson and New York although you may have a sincere desire to. I know it must be challenging to say something that may ostracize you from your group. After all, a basic human need is the need to belong and saying something may jeopardize that and perhaps be counterintuitive. I know race is a sensitive subject and with acknowledgment comes the pressure to act. If you won’t say anything about the fact that white police officers are murdering black men without recourse then say something about the fact that human life must be preserved at all cost. In the end, it’s not only about race; it’s about the excessive use of force from law enforcement officers against citizens of this great country. No one can deny the fact that what is happening is wrong, regardless of its racial undertones. You have a rare opportunity to speak up and speak out against these blatant injustices.

I’m reminded of the immortal words of Mr. Rogers, the same Mr. Rogers we all grew up watching on television, when he said “We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say “It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.” Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.” The world needs a few more heroes; will you be one of them?

Joe PaulSame Voice

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