What Will You Do??
By Nicole Nutting and Don Valentine
In the words of famed civil rights activist Elderidge Cleaver, “There is no more neutrality in the world. You either have to be part of the solution, or you’re going to be part of the problem.” Westside Gazette readers, we ask what are you willing to do to open at least one person’s mind?
Would you talk to a neighbor, coworker, or friend? Are you content to be complicit and be part of the problem? Do you have the courage to be part of solution?
All of us would like to see a world where people of color are not at a disadvantage. Clearly, no one is going to hand us a Utopian society—not legislators, not the Justice Department, not local police forces. If we want change, we ourselves will have to make it happen. As the expression goes, “If you want something done right, you’ll have to do it yourself.” This is an uphill battle, but one thing is certain—we are not obligated to accept the ugly agenda this administration espouses. They cannot force us into hating, nor can they prevent us from loving.
We implore you to be part of the solution. Let’s brainstorm together. Consider the above question and email us your thoughts. All of your ideas are welcome, large or small, even the seemingly impractical or improbable. No one can know in advance what might inspire lasting change!
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