I know we don’t usually talk about politics on our food blog as there are only occasionally events that relate to food or allergies. But then, we also share some random things on Friday posts. Today, it’s more serious than we usually get, but we live in this world and I can’t say I’m particularly proud of it right now. More than 1000 people a year are killed in the US by police. This problem is not race neutral; none of our “justice” system is. I can’t speak to life as a Black person in the United States. I believe that #BlackLivesMatter, and I hate that there has to be any argument about that at all. I don’t want to live in a country where shooting someone is a valid response to almost any situation, but I don’t personally fear it on a daily basis. I am reading. I am listening. I am trying to learn. And I think that Campaign Zero has been a good source for what looks like hope to me. I feel like I have something specific to say to my elected officials about policy responses to an ongoing epidemic of systemic, biased violence. I will keep reading and learning and expanding the voices in my world, as I have a lot to learn. I’m happy to read anything anyone wishes to share.
Like Mary Kate, I can’t speak to life as a person of color in our country. I just know that we can’t remain silent in the face of this problem and not be complicit. If you think it does not concern you, you may wish to reflect on the following:
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
Please listen, read and learn about the experiences of fellow Americans. And to quote a current public safety campaign, if you see something, say something. If you see something happening that’s not right, bear witness. Stand up for others. Call on your elected policy officials and complain. “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” – Winston Churchill. Please be courageous, listen and let your voice be heard.
Have a thoughtful weekend, everyone!