Should We Go There?
Okay, if we were those polite folks who just wanted to make you feel good about the new year, we'd sing "Auld Lang Syne" or say Happy Kwanzaa and Happy New Year. However, during this time of reflection of things past, we're somewhat bewildered by this centuries-long plague of fear, bias, hatred, and prejudice. Yes, we went there. When you think society has evolved to love and accept people in the beauty of their differences, some thing or some person happens to pull us back down to our insecurities and biases. When this happens, it can at times be frustrating and disappointing; however, we remind ourselves that the challenges faced have occurred over centuries and cannot be solved overnight--that progress is being made, that the work that we are doing matters, and we are thankful for the opportunity to serve.
By the way, and just so you know, we are pretty nice people and believe that we are better than the evil and shame of our past. We will continue to learn, engage, and confront racism. And some of us did sing "Auld Lang Syne" a couple of hours ago to celebrate the end of 2019 and the beginning of great opportunities to do good and support the decency in all of us.