In the face of the brutality black people are facing from police today, I am moved to wonder what I can do. I can speak up saying this is wrong. I can vote responsibly. I can speak up when I hear racial slurs. I can also speak up against irresponsible, destructive behavior. Looting perpetuates violence against blacks. Everybody has to step up to do their part to straighten this mess out. I salute the mother who pulled her son out of the looting and off the street. I know many people will be critical of her for hitting her son, but she reacted in fear of losing her son to violence. The two of them have the rest of their lives to come to terms with what they both did that day. We should all support people who are trying to do the right thing. Please join hands to build a community for everyone. All children need education, food, and opportunity. Don’t deny children and perpetuate this craziness. Opportunities should be universal, not a privilege! Give us unity and peace.
My need for equality was entirely personal. It didn’t take me long to notice, boys got a better deal, primarily because they wore pants. No one ragged on them to “act like a lady, keep your dress tail down, or keep clean.” My brother never dusted, washed a dish, changed a diaper, or made a bed. That was women’s work. Continue reading