"The system isn't broken. It was built this way."



A heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who joined the silent march in support of Black Lives Matter yesterday. It was estimated by local news that 60,000 were present on a very wet afternoon in Seattle. The silence and breadth of the huge crowd created a slow and mindful moving meditation.


Without the usual noise from megaphones encouraging chants that roll through the crowd, I was able to make eye contact with and take time to read the signs of my brothers and sisters in every direction. We were asked to use the silence to reflect on what we can do in our daily lives, businesses, relationships and local governments to fight and eliminate the systemic racism. The words of one powerful sign I read kept returning to my mind: 'The system isn't broken, it was built this way.' I feel the truth and the pain of this statement and hope you will reflect on it.


I'm learning a lot including the need to limit the sharing of my own thoughts and opinions. It is more supportive of Black Lives Matter to act with humility, absorb and help to amplify what is being shared by black voices. If you haven't already, I recommend watching '13th' a 2016 American Documentary by director Ava DuVernay.


with love, care and action,

Sarah

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