Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
- Martin Luther King Jr.
When it comes to racial justice in this country, we haven't reached a tipping point. But perhaps we are finally beginning to inch closer.
More people are protesting in the streets, speaking out, demanding justice and standing in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. I am one of them.
Merriam Webster is revising the definition of racism in the dictionary. It's a start. What it seems like we need is a whole new language to bridge this divide so that healing can begin.
I have been deeply uncomfortable as I've recognized my silence about racism has made me complicit in the systemic racism of our country. My silence has not reflected my values at all. And so, I'm taking action. Actively listening and learning. Having hard conversations. Getting educated. And sharing with you. I've found a wonderful organization to contribute to and I wanted to tell you about them here.
During a time where so many are suffering and the ugly racist underpinnings of our country are front and center, Color of Change (colorofchange.org) is transforming pain into power. These people are bad ass. As the nation's largest online racial justice organization, they develop smart, strategic campaigns with outcomes that create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America. They are a light in the darkness.
I'm proud to support Color of Change and I invite you to do the same. Together we can help bring in the light to create a more just and peaceful world.
Additionally, for the month of June, my Friday Zoom sessions are by donation, with all proceeds benefitting Color of Change. This is for you, and for anyone you know who might want extra support during this time.
To schedule, please email me at email@example.com with the subject FRIDAY and your preferred date and time.
Sending you love love love and light,
Laurie Shiers is an LA -based writer, coach and experience junky on a quest to find meaning in the mayhem.