Sometimes I feel like I don't have the right to comment on racial issues because, you know, I'm white; I might be angry and I might be heartbroken, but I will never know what it feels like to be black in America.
But not giving my horror and my sorrow a voice ensures I won't be heard more than any oppression can, and that is unacceptable no matter who I am or what I face. The grand jury decision in Ferguson last night - and scenes of the peaceful protest outside the White House, which brought tears to my eyes because this truly is happening in every city around the country - spurred me to research ways I can get involved in my community. No matter how you feel about the violence and looting in and around Ferguson, about the right of the police to take any action they feel necessary to protect themselves, or even about reparations or affirmative action, I think we can all agree that this country hasn't come nearly far enough in the last fifty years and the only way to change that is for us all to get involved.
I hope we will. I hope we do.