Bombs sent, guns shot.
And I cry.
Histories hidden, truths buried.
And I ache.
Hateful laws, escalating harms.
And I mourn.
White terrorism, everyday violence.
And I rage.
Black folks targeted.
Jewish folks targeted.
Native folks targeted.
Latinx folks targeted.
Migrant folks targeted.
Trans folks targeted.
Femme folks targeted.
Marginalized folks targeted.
I ask again and again:
- Where, when, and how am I complicit?
- Where, when, and how am I called to act?
- Do I act on these callings? Do I block them? Where, when, how, and why?
- How am I hurting myself? How am I hurting others?
- How do I break from these habits?
- How do I intervene differently? Speak up? Act out?
- How do I fall short?
- How do I pick myself up and try, try again?
I continue to sob, to shake, to storm, to strive, and to seek justice.
And I share these questions in hopes that they may be helpful to others, especially white folks, christian folks, men folks, folks for whom disengagement is an option, at this time.
If we’re not engaged now, then when?
If we’re not enraged now, then … truly … when?
This post is written by Beth Godbee for Heart-Head-Hands.com. For more posts like this one, you might try “For White Friends Using Social Media and Not Responding to Charlottesville,” “Holding Space and Being Present: Two Resolutions Following the Las Vegas Shooting,” and “Triangulating the Heart, Head, and Hands for Justice.” Please also consider liking this blog on FB and following the blog via email. Thanks!