Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Our children are dying.
And it is tragic.
There are many reasons why.
The proliferation of guns, racism, a more violent society, cutbacks in social spending and psychological care, a growing income inequality gap, and more.
The bottom line is that hardly a day goes by without hearing of another school shooting or another young man of color being gunned down.
And they're our children, all of them.
Whether first graders in a quite New England town, students at a busy university, or young black men in Florida or Ferguson.
They're all our children.
They all die from violence.
They all die too early.
And they don't need to.
I don't know who was at fault in Ferguson, or Florida, or anywhere else, but I believe that we all must take part of the blame.
We prize our personal freedoms, and we should.
But we must balance that with the safety of our children and with appropriate police armament and force.
We must have a willingness to continue the fight for a society of equality, and respect. A society where we invest in psychological care, in our children, and where we extend a hand to help someone up, not to push someone down so that we may gain.
A society where we value our children and each other.
Right now, I don't have the answers.
I have tears.