I’m sitting here at my computer, supposedly writing, but I’m doing anything but that. Why? What’s in my head? In a word, upheaval. The inauguration is usually an interesting affair, regardless of who you voted for. The pomp and circumstance of the whole thing is usually quite spectacular. But this year, 2021, it’s been a very different kind of election and many of us are just praying that there will be a peaceful transition of power.
Many of my moderate Republican friends are hoping that we can get back to whatever passes for normal (post Corona virus outbreak). They were not fans of our outgoing president because of his divisive rhetoric.
We are stronger together than we are apart. I’m not sure who said that, but it couldn’t be more true or appropriate.
So, I’m going to spend tomorrow praying and watching, and wait up, it’s officially inauguration day already, so that would be today.
I’m not giving myself a writing word count for today. If I write, I write, if not, it’s OK too.
MLK Jr. had so many wise words in his lifetime and I wonder what he would have to say today if he were here. It would be something inspiring. It would be something brutally honest about the state of affairs in this country. It would be poetic. His words would resonate with voters from both sides. His words would encourage a coming together of both political parties in order to attain the higher goal of uniting this nation.
But MLK Jr. is not here to say any of those things and it is left up to us, the citizens of this great nation, to rise up once and for all and say we are all Americans and we all deserve to be treated equally. Let’s welcome those huddled masses again and forge a path for people in this country to find a legal way to citizenship. Let’s stand up to racial injustice and not back down from this ages old fight until every man, woman and child can feel safe in the knowledge that they won’t be treated any differently because of the color of their skin. Let’s stop hiding behind words and stand up for what is right because it is the right thing to do.
Equality for all means equality for every, single person living in this great nation of ours and I have a responsibility, as a middle class white person, to stand up with all people of color and say we must change, we must do better, we must evolve into a society that embodies all the differences of its people.
From now on, I will celebrate the differences I see and speak out when I see injustice.
If we don’t do it now, when are we ever going to?
My one hope for today is that peace will reign supreme in our Capitol.