Are You Aware of the Two Separate Worlds We All Live In?

This past week has been making me think more than usual. For those of you who know me, you may be snickering, “What would that volume look like?”, but as I stare past you at the wall, a myriad of emotions have been flashing across my consciousness.

skulls, paint, black and white

Murakami detail

I was teary at the outcome of the Walter Scott murder case conviction (the officer got 20 years) for many reasons but mostly because it has been pointed out to me that, as in the past it has been legal in this country to hang black people and denigrate them at will. Today it is legal for anyone in a uniform to kill any black person who crosses their path – they have all gotten away with it up until now.

As I come to the development end of my All The Pardons app journey, I know that my next project will address white priviledge and supremacy – just not sure what it will look like yet.

The whole “woke” movement is so right on target. It reminds me of the film The Matrix where you choose either the blue pill, and stay in the clueless oblivion of ignorance, or take the red pill and “awake” to the realities that were going on all around you all the time, you just couldn’t see them.

White priviledge allows white people to remain unaware of the two separate Americas that we live in. It’s like sleep walking through life thinking that everyone has equal opportunities and realities of safety and the future without acknowledging the facts around us to the contrary. Statistics on pretty much every topic I’ve seen show a wide variety being completely lopsided – pregnancy and childbirth survival rates (mother and child), survival or safety rates of being pulled over or questioned by anyone in a uniform, getting a fair choice of housing by a real estate agent, getting a decent education if you’re poor – you name it and there’s proof of uneven statistics out there on it.

shells, beach, nesting

Photo Credit: Alys Myers, 2017

Here’s the facts (and they will matter to you one way or another over time): 1) indifference is where evil comes from 2) ignoring injustice takes away your humanity 3) you can’t assure your freedom if you are complicit with taking someone elses away.

So that is what I am going to leave you with today. Think about these things. They are important and our democracy and entire republic is dependant on how we move forward on these issues.

Lastly, All The Pardons app is going live soon (I’ll let you know when for certain). I urge you to try it out and let me know your experience. My hope is that it will help people become better versions of themselves. :)

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