Can’t We All Just Get Along?

No. We can't.

A few months ago I was having a conversation with someone that didn't understand what the hub-bub was all about when across the country states/cities started to vote to remove civil war statues from certain areas. I tried explaining why it was time and that it was a great idea to move them. (Not destroy – move them to a less prominent place for example a museum.) [not that museums aren't important]

I'm not sure that I managed to give an explanation that satisfied their question. Often these conversations end with "I don't care what 'they' do. It doesn't effect me personally." 'They" being whomever it is being discussed at the time. This mindset baffles me and at the same time doesn't surprise me. It is very much an American mindset.

What bothers me is the eventual question of "Why can't we just get along?" That gets asked. You don't want to hear that the reason is because you don't care (unless it effects you). Because that means you have to acknowledge your privilege (and understand what that is) whatever it may be and where it comes from. And admit that everyone is not treated equally or even fairly. In order to get along you have to care even if it doesn't effect you.

I know I am privileged. I also know that I can not compare my experiences to others when it comes to things like BLM and LGTBQA Rights – but I know that I will always stand up and fight for them. Because in my mind it's the right thing to do. Just as I will always fight for Women's Rights. Social Justice… Equality.

The events that occurred in Charlottesville this past weekend were not about equality or social justice. No. They were about fear and hate. And if you think that the events don't effect you or anyone around you. You need to wake up. Because this effects us all.

….more later.

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