It’s the bottom rung, folks…the last of a series of rungs and the furthest from the top. And so we must make it the beginning, where else is there to start from?
We must recognize this bottom rung, and build up from it. We cannot entrust goodness and prosperity, fairness and justice to the trickle-down effect. It trickles down, yes, from top to bottom, except dries up before reaching those most desperate. It dries up.
So I choose to support the Black Lives Matter movement. I choose to let others know of my choice.
Because if we cannot correct our thinking about the most fundamental right of all Americans, this fundamental right to LIVE….if we cannot correct this thinking and open our eyes to how we continue to fail…we can’t hope for better for anyone on any other rung.
This movement needs our support. This is where our focus should be. This is our jumping-off point.
Only after we fix this can we fix our economy, our health care, our poverty stricken and our government.
Once we stop the killing and racial bias, we can start helping to rebuild. We can figure out how to extend opportunity, jobs, education.
We can build a great life for everyone. We need to build from the bottom rung. It will be for everyone’s life, everyone’s prosperity, everyone’s right to justice and fairness, equality and liberty.
But this first.
Without speaking out against racism, without acknowledging our complicity in allowing it to continue, without supporting our fellow humans who need our help…without starting the conversations and promoting healing…we have no hope as a country.
Black lives matter, now.
Black lives matter, here.