“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31:8-9
I don’t want to be silent, but I lack the words to express exactly how I feel. I have never woken and been in fear to go about my life due to the color of my skin. I have never thought twice before going for a jog, decorating for a party, or asking someone to put a leash on their dog in a public park. I don’t receive questioning looks as I walk through my neighborhood. I’m not watched step for step every time I enter a store. And I now realize this is not a luxury every individual throughout my country shares.
Over the past week, I have been doing my due diligence to listen to the outcry of my friends and neighbors. An outcry for justice. An outcry for peace. An outcry for equality. And throughout this time, I’ve come to four definitive conclusions: