If we as a country and as a community, want to continue with the narrative that we are a place where being yourself is what unites us all, that we find strength within diversity;
We need better resources, education and representation.
So finally, what is my suggestion? Conversation. Let’s talk about it non-defensively. Clearly living in denial has only caused harm, so let's acknowledge the gravity of the situation. What does this mean? How are we really practicing tolerance? Everything from school board meetings to surveys to calling out bad behaviour; as long as the pathway of communication is open, we are capable of change. Let’s exchange perspectives, understand why these issues are so prevalent and what needs to be changed.
I hope you resonated with what I had to say.
Thank you very much,
Photographs by Nula Jewel Power & Mackai Sharp
8:00 PM, December 14th, 2020.