A lot has happened over the last week or so. It’s been dark, and I purposely took time to consider the world around me, this doesn't mean I've been idle. I wanted to process the words I would choose about the senseless and tragic deaths we’ve learned about this week.
It’s time to address racism within our society, by all of us. Each and every one of us needs to listen with open hearts and minds, learn and then act. We have to make a change that is real and authentic, one that goes beyond just liking a post on social media.
There is no room for racism, hate and oppression. In the past, we’ve built walls of silence around issues of race and hate then hid behind them. We cannot do that ever again. As Margaret Wheatley once stated, "we don't save others by being silent.”

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