Who am I? Someone who has empathy for a porcupine trying to take a bubble bath.
Who am I? I am someone who asks: When the man asked the woman to “Please stop speaking Spanish, was he..
… yelling at her?
… asking politely?
… overstressed because he was returning from a visit to a place where he did not understand what people were saying?
… triggered from PTSD?
That being said, it would behoove us to…
… be sure we are not overusing the word “racist” and jumping to conclusions.
… listen to people’s intent, and not just be impacted.
… ask clarifying questions.
… be kind.
… do the right thing, even when no one else is.
Q. Why is it important to do the right thing even when others are not?
A. Because our children are watching, and listening, and learning.
Q. Why is it important to have civil discourse?
A. Because violence begets violence begets violence (and it intensifies)
Q. Is this considered “pandering”?
Q. Why are so many people upset?
A. People are upset because they have not taken time to process through the current events, and most likely any adverse childhood experiences. With unresolved trauma, people remain in a mild state of crisis and survival mode, which results in fight, flight, and freeze. People are fighting.
Q. What can we do?
A. Accept personal responsibility. Accept community responsibility. Listen. Ask clarifying questions. Think. Be still. Breathe. Be kind. Choose humanity, empathy, and wisdom.