The recent news about the death of black Americans at the hands of police, the protests that have followed, and the conversations currently going on about race, racism, inequality and violence have all prompted me to stop, pay attention, and think deeply about these issues. I have been thinking, listening and praying, and I know my team has as well.
On our little real estate team, we are all women of faith who live and work with strong principles in mind. And we’ve discussed recently that what’s going on right now feels very important, and not at all easy. I think this is one of those issues that if it were easy, it would mean we had jumped too quickly to a convenient conclusion. I believe there are many ways to love people, to uplift people, to fight for human rights and racial equality, and I support anyone who is doing the hard work of finding your own way, and figuring out how to do just 2% better tomorrow. This struggle for justice and equality may be top of mind right now, but it won’t get resolved right now. Like so many things in life, we’ll improve together, over time, in fits and starts, in our families and neighborhoods, in how we listen to and love the people right in front of us.
Black lives matter. All lives matter, regardless of age, ability, economic status, perceived value to society, gender, history, culture, race. And all lives won’t matter until black lives matter.
The world is a difficult place. There’s no time in history when we haven’t seen violence, hunger, oppression, genocide, war and other ways in which we make one another miserable. And yet we’re also capable of transformative love, generosity, forgiveness and faith. At this particular moment in American history, we’re being called to look long and hard at the realities of racial oppression in this country, and how they still exist today, not just in individual interactions but in our medical system, our school system, our economic system, real estate, and criminal justice. How have we stacked the deck against certain Americans, and in favor of others? And are we being honest about it, or leaning too heavily on individualism and meritocracy to explain the inequalities? If we truly believe that people are innately capable of incredible things (which I do), then I think we have a responsibility to give people a fighting chance to reach their full potentials. And systemic inequalities work against us individually and collectively reaching our full potentials.
I live in awe of the human spirit. I believe we can do better and that we will do better. And we’ll do it by listening to each other, assuming good intentions, choosing the path of love, and being ready to make the right decisions, not just the easy ones, in those mundane moments of our lives when life really happens. In the businesses we support, the way we vote, the company we keep, and the things we choose to say or not say.
My commitment is a humble one. To not be in a hurry to be done with this. To not rush to conclusions. To stay open to learning and to being wrong. To make the best, moral, inclusive decisions I can when I find myself faced with them.
Those are my thoughts. They’re not static and they’re certainly not perfect. And yours don’t have to be either. If you’d like to share anything, I’d love to hear your thoughts as well. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s talk.