Today is February 1.
Today Black History Month begins.
I am white.
I am a woman.
I am privileged.
I want to eliminate racism.
I want to disrupt and eliminate the system of oppression that effects so many.
I’m not sure how to do it, but I will work hard to make it happen.
I will listen.
I will read.
I will have difficult conversations.
I am not sure that having one month on the calendar to celebrate black heroes is the answer.
I think that we will be somewhere when we don’t need Black History Month (or Women’s History Month for that matter).
But this is where we are.
If it helps to learn about and celebrate the many black Americans who have contributed to this country’s history, I’m in.
If it gives us fodder for more complicated conversations, I’m in.
If it gives someone hope, I’m in.
If it helps someone feel seen, I’m in.
If it pulls communities together around an idea, I’m in.
If it disrupts racism, I’m in.
My One Little Word this year is hope. Later I added action.
This month I will take some action and hope that it moves this world toward a more perfect union.