I've spent a good portion of my day and night watching and reading everything I can find on the Unite The Right riot in Charlottesville, Va today, in part because the issue of racial inequality and bigotry saddens and wounds me and so many others so deeply, and in part because I have family that live there, that have gone to UVA, and would have attended today to protest racism at Emancipation Park if they could. Did they attend? Think better of it? Were no where near for the opportunity? I'll soon wander over to Facebook to find out. But, merely seeing the events unfold in horror, knowing this day would come and will come again tomorrow and still more tomorrows, I was reminded that my own niece could have been crossing the street as a driver plowed his car savagely into protesters or my own nephew could have been being hit with a baton by an angry bully while police watched on silently, spittle and hate spewing from the attacker's uncharitable mouth. I felt helpless. And, also proud, certain they'd be there if they could, as I was in my own day on the streets of Portland.
Much as with the author in this repost, I do think that today is another invitation for us to choose the course of the nation by the action we do today. And so, i'm choosing to share this article that also contains a link to a great article about Jefferson's true sentiments of the profitability of racial slavery in his own words which helped lead us here today - so many of us NOT wanting to choose nor act in good faith to end racism in America - and I mean really act, really stand up - for all the sacrifice doing such goodness might require of us. Yet, as the article title says - This is the moment.