as I watched the movie I Am Not Your Negro. This is something we know, just need to be reminded of it. Probably often.
Things change when one person stands up and says something isn’t right. As I watched James Baldwin recount the history of African Americans in the United States, I was reminded that the few do the work of the many until change comes.
I saw the lonely few frightened faces of children as they integrated schools against crowds 10 times their size. I watched folks beaten and battered against more cops than they could keep up with.
So as we face the great odds against us, remind ourselves that we are in good company. My words to you, keep fighting even if you are the only one in your circle fighting because that it how it is supposed to be. Continue to fight peacefully for what is right and true. It will be a lonely fight, but worth it.
Let them see the fire in your eyes that “we hold those truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal.”
All men and women on this planet have been created in the image of our Creator with power to give Him glory. He doesn’t treat us as slaves, but as His own children. ISIS can’t take it away. White supremacy can’t take it away.
Some days you will be the only one taking the stand, saying “That is not right!” I am going to do it whether you join me or not. As the movie reminded me, the fight has been a lonely one for a long time.