Put A Pin In It

As a white woman of privilege, I joined in outraged solidarity with others in my community at the results of the election. As the mother of two black sons, I wanted so desperately to be surprised by this election. As luck would have it, I got to be surprised in a new way. Just when I thought our level of blind racial injustice could go no deeper, we "put a pin in it." Seriously? 

I am sorry, but unless our plan is to pin ourselves to a Latino, Muslim or Black person that is about to be deported, registered or shot by the police, I'm not thinking the pin thing is all that helpful...

Here are some suggestions that I would like to ask of MY friends and family and yes they are the same rules we have in our house.

Make Good Choices: Please speak to your kids about what to do in the face of hate speech and blatent racist acts. Teach them not to confront but IGNORE the aggressor and to let my sons know that they are not alone. You are there with them.  You are watching and will not hesitate to call the police so that they can show up and shoot them.

Pick up after yourselves: Be willing to stand up to your own friends and family and let them know that because you love them AND because ignorance is no excuse for any adult, you will call them out on words and actions. 

Remember to Flush: Are your police officers, school board members, elected officials and other public servants engaging in the kinds of behavior that sets a good example and keeps our children free from hatred? If they are not, wish them well and flush them at your next local election.

And for god's sake, take that safety pin off unless it is holding your blouse together, in which case definitely keep it on!



Susanne Schmidt