Injustice is dominating the headlines and our social media feeds and it makes it seem as though the dream of justice is only that, a dream. But it’s imperative that we cultivate our belief in taking the next right action.
We can catch and question our everyday judgments about people: Is this thought true? Is this thought bringing me closer to people or farther away?
If the answer is “no” and “away” we can say: “I forgive this thought and I choose again.”
We can take a deep belly breath and choose a positive thought about that person, “she’s great at chess”; “he loves playing football with his little girl”; “she adores her grandchildren.”
We can then reflect on our original judgment and open ourselves to empathy, and empathy opens the door to change. And change, well, that’s why we’re here. Isn’t it?
We hurt deeply for Daunte Wright, George Floyd, Adam Toledo, Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, Yong Ae Yue, Delaina Ashley Yaun, Xiaojie Tan, and Daoyou Feng, for their families, communities, and all people of color and allies experiencing trauma because of their killings. This list in no way encompasses every life taken by systemic racism and misogyny.
Today, some of us will celebrate holding George Floyd's murderer accountable. Others of us will see that this is not enough. True justice is a system in which human life is held in the highest regard, a system that embraces diversity, a system that acknowledges and moves to rectify its own shortcomings.
Below you’ll find a list of organizations where you can lend your support to our Asian community and to Daunte Wright’s family and community, and a mental health resource should you need it.
We know that words are not enough, but silence is not the answer either, and we believe transformation starts within. We're in this together, until justice becomes the new normal.
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Stop Hate Crimes Against Our Asian Sisters and Elders
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Call 1-800-950-NAMI (6264)
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