Hearing that worry from Florida parents, my 1st thought was, “You have a point. It’s an awfully young age to face horrors.”
My 2nd thought was, “WTF, Lester? What about all the 2nd graders who aren’t white? Who live with that history daily?”
I like to think of myself as a woke ally. But that 1st thought reveals how deeply racism and classism are embedded in our society.
My resultant awareness of unending cruelty toward American minorities is almost unbearable. I flinch with each new story. But once aware, how can you look away?
That we’ve gone more than 3 centuries without that brutality erupting into a race war and ethnic genocide says much about how carefully our government, often through the FBI, has managed to suppress or destroy minority leaders.
“Mene, mene, tekel upharsin.” The handwriting is on the wall.
Woke is about simple human decency.
But a byproduct, for those not yet ready to care about total strangers, is stability and peace.