In the wake of this summer’s tumultuous headlines, quite a few conversations have been held across this country. I’m ready to get on a bus, and demonstrate, I am. But before I sally forth pumping my pitchfork of justice into the night, I think it’s important to figure out exactly what needs to change.
If you need evidence on why a careful, and deliberate, approach is crucial to the process of change, consider that Martin Luther King, Jr., had a budget of $1,000,000 and a staff of 100 working furiously on the ground to maintain the bus boycotts.
That budget works out to the equivalent of almost $9,000,000 today. Imagine what might have happened on Wall Street if the Occupy Movement had that kind of capital.
I am ready to talk about how racism is alive and well within our schools.
I want to be clear: careful and deliberate does not mean slow. I don’t want to take any more time to acknowledge that I must do better. I don’t want to waste any more breath asking who needs a Voice. I believe that in order to address the changes that must occur, it is History that deserves the floor.
In order to navigate the chasm of experience between me and any person of colour, I must be willing to learn. I believe that in the order to keep the conversation going, we must make real connexions within our communities. We must pay attention to the problems, and not look past them, or try to pin the blame.
The code of this conversation means I must be willing to do more than apologise for my careless slings, my tactless arrows, and my racist predilections.
The code of the conversation means it is my turn to be quiet, and it is now time to let History speak.