Why did it take the murder of George Floyd for me to start educating myself on racism? Why did it take me so long to write this blog post? My friend and colleague, Liz Weaver of Paprika Creative, wrote a deeply moving and inspiring post that lit the fire. Read her post.
I am a white person who has benefitted from and – consciously or not – perpetuated racism. I am ashamed. I apologize. And yet, an apology is not enough. What are the next steps I need to take to help end racism?
Breathing seems to be the unifying thread in all the challenges today. Dr. Chopra, in Black Lives Matter Global Network Partners with BET House Party to Speak with Deepak Chopra, M.D., described breath – life – as the “movement of space”, space being spirit. The practice of being aware of each breath is a good starting point; it helps with determining the next step.
My next step is making this commitment: Every day I will accept, acknowledge, and take responsibility for my faults, stand up for what is right, and use my time, talent, and resources to work for universal equality and justice.
Thank you, George Floyd.