We are all a part of a community, whether it is the fact we live in a city, town, rural area, apartment complex, housing neighborhood, particular street, we are all a part of a community.
Most communities are filled with diverse residents, the exceptions being specific communities, such as ones resided in by white populations, only.
In the majority of communities, we, the people, are a diverse blend of races, ethnicities, religions, economics, social flavors, societal influences, financial structures, educational backgrounds, ages, and so much more. Just like the photograph above, community residents are filled with various bodily textures and tones, hair colors and eye colors, skin colors.
I am jewish, and live in a city populated with mainly Christians, a minority of Jews, Buddhists, and Muslims. The Jewish community is small, as is the Muslim community, and Buddhist community. The city is inhabited with a majority of white people, and a minority of blacks and hispanics. Most of the citizens get along with each other, but there is still a lack of blending within the city, meaning that certain sections are inhabited by certain races, and/or ethnic backgrounds.
Although most get along, some of us have hardened with time, due to events that have converged within our communities, and due to suppression, economic oppression, and the current status of administrative hierarchy where we live.
Those of who are in their twenties and thirties often have different mindsets than the older generations. People in their fifties, sixties, seventies, and older, often see issues through stubborn attitudes, attitudes set in stone, large rocks or boulders, not small stones or pebbles.
Younger people seem to weather the storms of life better, having a more open mindedness. Not all, but most, appear this way. They are more understanding, and more willing to be supportive of the human condition, such as the poverty stricken, the mentally ill, the individuals struggling to live each day due to financial inequality, and the black individuals, whose lives have been oppressed, misjudged, abused, beaten, killed, and literally thought of as nonhuman beings.
The ongoing marches and protests signify, to me, that the country is undergoing a drastic, and much needed, and necessary change. And, I believe it is the younger generations who are facilitating much of it, due to their compassion and hope for betterment. Of course, there are older people within the protesting and marching, no doubt about that, but the younger individuals are clearly making their voices heard.
Most of the protests I have seen, not only here in America, but worldwide, have been filled with a majority of white individuals protesting for civil rights, human rights, black rights. We shouldn’t have to be protesting for black lives and their rights. They are part of us, not a separate species, but human beings, and nothing less.
The photo above depicts nature, in its various forms, rocks, boulders, tumbleweeds, tree trunks, branches, leaves, earth, and so much more, inhabiting within, that we can’t see. But, we call all these visuals ‘nature’, the natural world. Well, guess what? Human beings are human beings, no matter the color of their skin, no matter if they are black. They should never be considered less than human, but should be embraced for who they are, individuals, human beings, life forces within our communities, to behold and respect. Their black lives matter, and those of us who are not black, must show support for them, listen to them, try to understand them, befriend them. Anything less is unacceptable, period.
Copyright Lorri M.