The change we want and need is happening – right now. We prove it to ourselves every time we find ourselves and others in the grips of outrage.
How do we come to hear genuine dog whistles without imagining false ones?
Is the left truly committed to compassion and inclusiveness as core values? Or, rather, is it committed to sympathy and inclusion for the specific types of people whom its deem worthy of them?
The racism that is most critical to see and dismantle is not Trump’s cartoonish villainy, but the subtle, covert racism in ourselves.
Can we fight without hating? Can we advocate for tones that we believe are most aligned with our values, that we believe are most conducive to change, without policing for them?
Our awareness of the challenges we face always outpaces our ability to solve them. We always place our ideals ahead of us, just out of reach of our reality.
We can’t fix our systems. We have to evolve into new ones.
Can we speak truth to power while at the same time acknowledging the inherent incompleteness and flaws of our truth? How?
We have to find a way to balance our presumption of innocence with our presumption of truthful accusation.
The truth is: social media isn’t eroding how we interact with one another. It’s changing it. Society isn’t collapsing. It’s changing.