The events unfolding over this time have revealed inequities in our nation that have been here some 400 years. Hopefully, the current outrage will help to unify hearts and actions to do the tough work ahead and truly “Make America Great” with laws and actions that live up to the creed that our country is founded on: “That all men are created equal”. Thus helping to create a world where the Oneness of Mankind is not just treated as a lofty goal, but a reality. A world where justice, access, opportunities are held in all of our hands. The Covid-19 virus has revealed heathcare disparities between black and white, rich and poor. The deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor have punctuated and made aware to the world some of the injustices faced daily by black lives.
While I do not feel it is my place as the director of this organization to make a sweeping political statement, I do think that it is entirely appropriate to encourage everyone to familiarize yourself with the subject of race and the systemic inequities and injustices that are a part of our culture. I feel that if every one of us were to work harder in our own lives to seek understanding and to broaden our perspectives, then it would be easier to come together as one as opposed to splintered groups. With this in mind, I urge all of you – all of my fellow members of the Peace Family – to step outside of your comfort zones and listen to others. Have uncomfortable conversations. Learn from others different from you. Based on those efforts, it will be up to each of us to plot, plan, strategize, organize and mobilize in order to affect the change in our society that will lead to the world that we have envisioned in our hearts and dreams. A world Unified, Just and Fair for all.
If you wish to broaden your understanding on the realities lived by people of color, I would recommend watching any or all of the following films. They are all good starting points to deepen your perspective on what the issue of racism is, and to launch conversations about what to do about it.
When They See Us
Time: The Kalief Browder Story
On Amazon Prime:
The African Americans
I am Not Your Negro
We here at Peace want all the members of the Peace Family along with everyone in our community to know that we as an organization stand always on the side of love and justice. It is our hope that the difficult and uncomfortable conversations that need to be had are done with civility and that the fruits of those conversations grow a better future for us all.
Bonnie Billups, Jr.