Here in the United States, white supremacists came to Charlottesville, Virginia to rally around their cause. In the violence that happened during the event, one woman was killed and many injured. I personally know no one who supports the cause of the white supremacists. In my circle of friends and acquaintances many of expressed horror and disgust over the actions of the white supremacists. People are saddened that these nasty individuals are considered a representation of the United States.
As we grieve and are saddened by the events, I have questions. If we really want people to be on equal footing, what small things are we doing on a daily basis to help achieve this.
I live in a very liberal university town. My children attend/attended public schools. I attended private schools growing up. So perhaps I was a bit naive, but I thought the public school system represented equality of opportunity. I thought everyone from the superintendent to the school board members to the principals to the classroom teachers were on board with this concept. I was very wrong. In my community those from disadvantaged backgrounds have little voice in the system. Many parents who have kids in the public school system want a system where the rich get richer, and their kids are separated from those they considered the lowest of society.
I’m always surprised that we are horrified by the events of Charlottesville, but we turn a blind eye to other, smaller forms of prejudice. If we want things to get better, we all have a role to play. That means getting involved in local politics and state politics as well on a national level. It means showing kindness to everyone.
Something I will never understand having recently traveled to another part of the country. What jerks still make and sell Confederate flags? Who the heck would dress their kid in a tshirt with a Confederate flag.