I am horrified to learn all of this. I think that somewhere in my mind I knew there was so much injustice, but as a white person it is so easy to not pay it much attention. I am thankful that something led me, at this time in my life, to learn and face the truth. It is humbling and enraging.
It's amazing how some things become something so different than how they started. It is striking that the NRA had nothing to do with gun violence at the beginning and only became a platform for gun violence and especially violence towards black men over time, particularly during the Civil Rights Movement. This is the kind of situation that it's so difficult to imagine chipping away at and making the NRA be better and do better than it currently is, back to its roots. Schools that leave black children behind, leading to so many black men imprisoned, is another phenomenon that seems like an impossible uphill battle to change. There are so many institutions and practices and policies that are so harmful and yet seem so impossible to change. I definitely see the link amongst all of them, the common thread being white men who are greedy for power and will do anything to achieve and maintain it. It is truly sickening.
I am energized around being part of the effort to make things better. I feel that it is my obligation to use my privilege to speak up and fight for change.