Charlottesville, VA has in retrospect caused a great deal of painful reflections, emotions and reactions ranging from the shedding of tears from the brokenhearted, hand wringing from the helpless and bewildered, rage from the oppressed and enraged. It has also produced a drawing together among those that know we have come too far to give in to feelings of disappointment and helplessness. Many Americans were surprised and caught off guard at this nightmare. Has someone pushed the repeat button unknowingly? It seems like we are doomed to revisit such scenarios over and over again. Until we are willing to listen to those that were not shocked by the scenarios that unfolded at Charlottesville. Some individuals and groups in America have long experienced the disrespectful and denigrating behavior that was so blatantly displayed at Charlottesville. The hatred is not new to Blacks, immigrants, Jews, LGBTQ’s, just to name a few.
But, a long treatise is not necessary, nor is it helpful and actually it would be, “too little too late.” So let me simply say in these difficult times – do not give up hope. Do not buy into the cynicism that grips so many. This is not the time to withdraw and surely silence is not an option. This the time to hunker down, be aware and answer the call of justice – to claim the highest and best of ourselves and humanity. In the face of the violence…in the face of the hateful rhetoric let us stand on the side of love. Let us continue weeding our beautiful garden of Unitarian Universalism – pulling up the weeds of racism and white supremacy now that we have been reminded of how destructive and devastating this behavior is to the human spirit – to those that are the recipients and those that practice such beliefs. In the words of the Black National Anthem. “Let us march on till victory is won.”
Blessings – Rev. Qiyamah