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Reconcile the past, and build something totally new

Kenneth Shook  |  Issue:

Few people will look at the TV and say why.

Why are THEY doing that to THEIR community?

The officers were fired it’s done.

Yet it is not done.

People across the country are frustrated.

No matter THEIR race.

The uprisings are not just about George Floyd’s murder.

The uprisings are about the thousands of black men murdered hours, days, weeks, decades, centuries before.

The uprisings are about the millions of black people harassed every day by the police in the U.S.

The uprisings are about the millions of black people disproportionately incarcerated

The uprisings are about the disproportionate number of black people dying from COVID19

Not from “their” health or “their” diseases

Not because “their” community is different from “our” community

THEY are more likely to get turned away

THEY are more likely to get left out of services that maintain a healthy community

THEY were created different hundreds of years ago

NOW is the time to think how we’re the same

NOW is the time to support the calls for justice

NOW is the time to accept that the THEY vs. US is destroying our communities

THUS WE must do something different to build better communities with less suffering

Communities with healthy resources for all

Communities that do not punish based on race

Communities that support most those with least

Communities that own our resources and distribute them according to need

Communities that reconcile past atrocities: murders, theft of resources, theft of labor, side eyes, hunting of humans, harassment, illegal interrogation, illegal prosecution, suppression of voice, kidnapping, slavery, lynching, being followed, racist propaganda, racist marketing, racist movies, racist news, suppressed career advancement, declining of bank loans for a home or a car, declined access to a store, declined access to a community, declined access to a club, declined access to a school, declined access to a safe street, declined access to a safe park, missed taxis, unimplemented policies, destroyed families … THUS we must recognize all of these atrocities happen in OUR community

The bounds were made up on purpose to divide US and must be corrected now

We can no longer accept division THUS we must come together to demand justice, reconcile the past, and build something totally new

A community beautiful, accessible, and safe for ALL.


– Kenneth Shook

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