Writing about what I have been reading and encountering in the media.
|I thought the horror of racist attacks on African American Churches was long over. It appears to have been a false sense of safety. I realize the problem is complex. What important issue is not complex? Yesterday, I was remembering Fred Rogers teaching us about inclusiveness, about loving behavior. Today, I am overwhelmed by a shooting in an AME Baptist Church in South Carolina. I am so very worried about my country. Will we even be a democratic republic in ten years, or will we have given up to chaos, or anarchy? Why are people arming themselves and their children? They seem very frightened for their personal wellbeing. But fear of people studying the Bible, unarmed, in a church? How do we make sense of this?
If I look at what I learned in my study of sociology, the explanation lies in the rapid social change we currently experience as we move into a global economy. It is happening everywhere: the Middle East, Latin America, the borders of Russia, and South Carolina. Stopping change is not an option. We must learn how to surf the waves, harness the power, and retain our humanity. The lessons are very hard and painful. We mourn, reflect, learn and move on. That is all we can do. We must hold hands and look both ways, then, one step at a time, restore new balance.