Out of Many, ONE.
Tragedy is the mother of enlightenment.
White supremacy has been alive in America since its inception and it thrives in the shadows (of our president) and under the cover of inelegantly sewn white sheets.
George Floyd’s death was a tragedy that was compounded by the ugly fact it was deliberate. A 21st century public execution.
It was also profoundly revelatory.
It’s been four hundred and one years since African slaves arrived at Point Comfort in the colony of Virginia in the new America’s. That was in August, 1619, the same moment this country’s legacy of racial discrimination began. It’s been a long and disappointing journey for African-Americans who suffered enslavement, then an ambiguous emancipation, the ugliness of Jim Crow and, since 1965, a period of nominal civil rights.
The common denominator throughout their multi-century pilgrimage is racial discrimination.
The legacy never died; in fact, it underscores the indefatigable power of the status quo over time and against change. It lived strong until May 25, 2020, when the world witnessed the ultimate expression of racism that was predictably exasperated by the response of a corrupt and malevolent administration.
As George Floyd breathed his last breath on that fateful day, a transformation throughout America and the world was underway.
Racial hatred was exposed and giving way to racial tolerance and fairness.
Institutional racism was exposed and surrendering to calls for structural reconstruction.
Police brutality was exposed and subject to reforming itself from the inside out.
It took eight minutes and forty-six seconds to turn four hundred and one years into a new era of enlightenment; a long awaited multi-racial quest for civil justice that’s every bit as infectious as COVID-19.
Today, we’re embarking on a new journey. A journey not defined by our United States, but defined by the diversity of its people. Americans.
It’s driven by our new cultural destiny:
“E Pluribus Unum”.
Out of many, ONE.
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