I have seen a lot of social media posts in the past month or so focused on the urgency of voting Trump out of office. “We can’t take another 4 years. The madness has to stop. Vote like your life depends on it.” It makes sense. The constant barrage of hatred, lies, violence, greed, corruption and ignorance wears at the soul.

But I’m worried about how much Trump has become the focus of our attention and how much many of us (white folks, in particular) have become active solely around regime change (the “blue wave” that I too long for)…

I don’t know about all of you, but for me the events of the past month have been almost too much to bear. The murder of George Floyd tore at the fabric of my heart and conscience like no other police killing has. I have not been able to rest since. …

I’ve found myself feeling disturbed over the past week watching the outpouring of outrage about the thousands of immigrant children being separated from their parents at the border from Mexico to the US.

And it’s not because the practice isn’t heartbreakingly painful and against all of the values I hold dear and want my country to stand for.

It is because I feel a deep sadness and growing anger that I don’t see white people expressing this level of intense emotion, passion and energy about the daily violent acts of racism and injustices within the borders of our country, right…

Yael Bat-Shimon

Certified Imago Relationship Therapist & Interracial Dialogue Facilitator yael.bat-shimon@post.harvard.edu

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