It’s Not About Race!
John Metta

Well said, John. This is thoughtful, intelligent and spot on. I know that I can’t possibly understand where people of color are coming from because I have not lived the experience. I have had other experiences as a woman, a foreigner and even being White in a Black culture. But nothing compares to centuries of institutionalized violence and oppression that is internalized and reinforced here in the U.S. It pains me to see more and more acts of violence by police against men and women of color every single day. To know that I’m just seeing it now because of smart phones and body cams, but that it’s been happening all along. My husband is black. He is gentle, sweet and caring. And he is terrified of the police even though he never does anything “wrong”. He doesn’t have to. Being black is enough in a culture where police strike first and ask questions later. All to say, thank you for this powerful piece of writing. And please know that you are not alone in your struggle. Peace.

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