Commentary by Barbara Foushee
We are living in some perilous times, both as a community and as a nation, and we have some uncertain days ahead of us. Unfortunately, since the election season it seems that racial tensions, divisiveness, hatred and gun violence are at an all-time high. I remain eternally grateful to those who continue to stand on the front lines and fight for equal rights, social justice and the disenfranchised.
Some of us consider the days and weeks ahead as times of crisis, but we actually have been in crisis for a while now. I just think that a lot of us have not been aware of it. It is important that we come together during these times, but it is equally important to keep this energy going by continuing to work together and forming a strong bond that will serve as examples for the generations to come. We are so accustomed to drawing close and dialoguing during times of uncertainty and tragedy and then we just go our separate ways until the next time. This is unacceptable. Are we really “staying woke” to what is happening around us and to our neighbors on a regular basis? We have a moral obligation to help one another and to do it with love.
In closing, I would like to put a call out to everyone that is listening to carry this message back to your communities and to stay woke to everything that is happening around you; we can make a difference locally and nationally if we work together in unity and with love.