We have big problems right now… pandemics abound.
“far more insidious and dangerous is the pandemic of racism.”
Yes, we have COVID19; but far more insidious and dangerous is the pandemic of racism. Not novel, not waiting for a vaccine, not experienced by all; racism has been paid lip service at best – mostly ignored.
I began Kuel Life to shed light on the many injustices towards women, particularly in midlife. I wanted, and still want, to transform our experience through Community and empowerment.
But, today I have to address the ELEPHANT in the room, as it is taking up all my emotional space. I’ve been feeling useless and helpless for days now. Ever since the most recent brutal act against humanity – the murder of George Floyd.
“Prejudices are what FOOLS use for reasons – Voltaire.”
What is different about this incident that FINALLY has our white privilege a$$e$ paying attention? Voltaire’s quote: “Prejudices are what FOOLS use for reasons” resonates deeply with me right now. I don’t want to be a fool. I want to be part of the solution. I just don’t know how.
I know I have biases. I have decided that for me… taking ownership of how I show up in the world is an ACTION I can take towards creating a decent and just ‘NEW’ normal for my POC brothers and sisters – to eradicate the pandemic of racism. I have asked for guidance to undo MY own biases and prejudices before they get me to discriminate or, worse yet, be part of racism. If you want more ways to educate yourself to make yourself aware of your own biases, I am happy to share with you what has been shared with me. It’s not THE answer but at least I feel like I am actively pursuing a way towards a better, more equitable world.
I am still fully committed to us and will continue pursuing top experts to educate us on relevant topics. This month Kuel Life welcomes Lisa Gates, a CareGiver expert. She will be offering advice on ways to be a better caregiver – and with 49 million of us in the US alone; I think us lucky to have her.
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8 thoughts on “The Racism Pandemic”
Hi Jack, nicely written to bring out how most of us feel in this situation. It is very true that to be part of the solution we need to be educated ourselves about the situation at hand. I come from a county where our leader said, to see a change happen – ’Be the change that you want to see in the World’ – Mahathma Gandhi
Thanks for you thoughtful words. Gandhi is an inspiration to us all.
Great article. It starts with each of us! What better time than now to look within before we reach out.
Thanks Gayle. I was hoping it would resonate with our Community.
Thank you, Jack. This is something that we ALL need to be actively involved with. Not just SAYING we don’t condone racism, but SHOWING we don’t. I, for one, know I need to educate myself better so I can be a better advocate and friend to all.
I too have the educate myself issue so I can be a better advocate to be part of the solution. It’s a long road…but, at least we’re on it.
Thank you Jack. Your article was inspiring. We each can become more sensitive to all those around us.
Thanks Lisa, I agree – it starts with ME. I think it’s a great start and appreciate your contributions to the Kuel Life Community.
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