Ezinne — thank you for using your juggling prowess to write such a provocative essay. I am only (sadly) 2 years into my education/journey of truly appreciating the racial injustice in this country — and have been completely mortified in how much learning I need to have, how many unconscious biases I need to be conscious to so they can be erased and replaced.
I grew up learning about the Nazis and the Russian pogroms as that is the history of my family. The same people who taught me those facts, neglected to teach me about the institutionalized racism in this country — — in fact, I would argue, they perpetuated it. I would like to think they were unaware as their teachers were unaware. Of course, we both know that is only a partial truth.
Angry? When the truth is revealed, I don’t know how we are not all angry.
The hopes for any movement towards Truth and Reconciliation were subdued by the Presidential election. I say subdued rather than dashed as the door has been open for others — like me — to see what is behind the door and that exposure is an open wound that cannot heal without dramatic intervention.
Bryan Stevenson’s work and tireless efforts will continue to inspire me and propel me to change/act/speak out. Your writings will continue to do the same.