Black Lives Matter

I’ve been contemplating what to say here about the national and global outrage expressed in response to police violence against people of color. This is not a new problem for our nation; though like many others, I hope we are at last reaching a new horizon.

Rather than indulge in my own take, I prefer to direct you to persons who have spoken more eloquently than I can. Statements that have resonated with me over the past week include those from Trevor Noah and John Oliver. Both are embedded below.

For anyone still reticent toward the idea that our current circumstances are rooted in deep history, I urge you to listen to the New York Times podcast 1619, released last year to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first slaves to arrive in Jamestown.

Several web sites and news outlets, including the Medium.com, provide helpful lists of anti-racism resources. Educate yourself and others. Use your voice. Take action. Most of all, vote. You, too, can be part of the change.

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