Kindness, Compassion, & Love.
These are the virtues I hold dearly. I believe in the power of kindness so much so that when my son was born, people would comment (like they do), "... as long as he's happy, that's the most important thing" I would immediately respond with, "NO, as long as he's kind, that's the most important thing." I felt it in my core. Kindness could remedy the world's injustice.
I still believe in kindness. But over the last few days...(the last few years, last few decades, last few CENTURIES) I realized we can't "nice" our way out of this.
What has happened and what is happening in our country is abhorrent. Racism is the thread that weaves through our American flag. It is right there between the red, white, and blue. Racism is how our country was founded. It is what made it possible to massacre thousands upon thousands of Indigenous Peoples during the influx of English Immigrants (Pilgrims) and it is what makes it possible to massacre People of Color today. It is the same system of oppression.
""Race" is a social construct designed to benefit the oppressor, and for that reason it exists."