This is my personal week in review, shared out for anyone and everyone.
The Big Takeaway from this Past Week
I’ve been poor. I’ve been in a situation where I was a minority. I’ve been picked on and singled out.
But I’ve never been black. Or Hispanic. Or Asian. Or anything other than a white American.
I’m not going to apologize for that, nor should anyone expect me to.
I can apologize for the behavior of other white Americans, but that doesn’t amount to much.
I can identify – but not truly feel – the pain and torment that fuels movements like Black Lives Matter. I wish there were something I could do to solve the issue of racial bias and prejudice.
Instead, I’m just one voice.
Yeah, all lives matter. This is absolutely correct. We’re all just tiny, temporary specks in a gigantic universe, soon to disappear just as we arrived. We’re all in this together, whatever we look like, or whomever we sleep with, or whatever language we speak.
To make sure that ALL lives matter, we have to make sure that all lives are equal. We have to overcome our fear of people who look and act differently. We (me and my white friends) have to acknowledge that, while we’re not the ones who committed the worst atrocities 150 years ago, the sociological repercussions are ours to deal with.
People all have the same desires, needs, and wants: To survive, to love and be loved, to make an impact on the world.
It’s tough to admit, but white Americans have made achieving these basic needs incredibly difficult for African Americans and others who don’t look or act like us. People are dying as a result of this cognitive dissonance.
There are no easy answers. Each of us has to face our own biases and fears, and take the hard steps necessary to see them for what they truly are.
Probably Inappropriate Internet Content I Shared with My Kids This Week
What I Read This Past Week That’s Worth Sharing
I’ve long worried about the day the Thunder become irrelevant on the NBA scene. Let’s be honest: sports teams have a LOT to do with a city’s perception. Would you give a shit about Green Bay if not for the Packers? Would you even know what Tuscaloosa was if not for The Tide?
Oklahoma City has benefitted greatly from a great sports team and a superstar like KD. I hope that the city, thereby the state, can continue to grow and thrive in KD’s wake.
What I’m Grateful for This Week
- Bouts of exhaustion versus productivity
- Recognizing the benefits of meditatation by going without it for a couple days
- Finally getting a sub-8 minute run after months of 8:30+
- Lori’s attention to details – she always sees the things I miss
- Nathan’s concern for friends. He wants them around, and to be happy – that’s admirable
- Anna’s copying of her brother’s behavior. He ain’t perfect, but he’s a great kid
Listen to This
“Fear of a Black Planet,” which I first listened to when I was maybe 9 or 10, hit me hard. It never occurred to me that 911 wouldn’t respond in the same manner to each and every call. What’s going on now is nothing new, and needs to be recognized.