All Within and Beyond It's Borders
I saw something strange recently.
On someone's front lawn, I saw a Confederate flag and a U.S. flag hanging on two separate flag poles - an apt metaphor for America. On one end, I saw America's disturbing past, and on the other, I saw it's possibility.
I am a walking caricature of a liberal hipster, which I wear that label on my flannel shirt proudly. Most of my friends, however, are conservatives.
As many of you know, I've lived partly on a bus for most of the year. During my travels, I've been graced by many open-minded, kindhearted conservatives who have welcomed me in to their homes. We've stayed up to the wee hours discussing anything from theology to covfefe. On many nights, we have lamented together on the little regard our president has for the realities many face daily.
The truth is that what we're seeing unfold in the Trump administration isn't a reflection on conservative values nor conservative ideology. What is happening in American public life is unlike anything we've seen. There is an alternate political worldview coming to fruition and it it is not based on conservative or liberal values.
It is angry.
This anger is held by a niche of predominately white men who sense their powerlessness is due to everyone else - government, women, minorities, LGBTQ, other religions, etc.
Racism is unethical and illogical. Many who believe in white supremacy aren't functioning with a worldview that dignifies others as human beings. This weekend we saw a glimpse of America's past rear it's ugly face, in all of it's hideous rhetoric - from both racist protesters and our very own president.
The truth is, as much as we don't want to acknowledge it, we have to keep talking about racism in America. We have to talk about how this form of cruelty has shaped our society and robbed us of our sense of wholeness.
It'll require some of you to take a risk and to move to a place where a community could benefit from your wit and empathy. It’ll require for us to get uncomfortable and to make efforts to build bridges where others have attempted to burn down whole communities.
Confederate flags are still waving in the air. Racism still exists.
What will you do to co-create a nation that dignifies all that live within and beyond it's borders?