The horrific events in Charleston, South Carolina. I struggle with what to say, what to do. But I can’t wait for clarity before saying something. My heart goes to those families. To the members of that church. To every person who lives in fear, unprotected. Without sanctuary.
Not long ago my family watched the movie Selma together. My kids were incredulous, amazed that people could hate as they did. But the “period piece” nature of the film gave it enough historical distance that they moved on to “well, at least that doesn’t happen today.”
They react the same way to stories of the Holocaust, even though members of our family died in the camps. And to stories of Apartheid, even though their father is a white South African whose family resisted Apartheid and ultimately left the country because of it.
It’s too easy to look away. But hate is happening right now, and we must do something. Even if it’s not eloquent, perfect, or profound.
Say something. Condolences, calls to action…let your voice be heard on your Facebook profile or blog, and in your conversations with friends and family. Let those who are afraid and mourning not feel alone.
Talk to your kids about racism. In whatever way makes sense for your family history. Not sure how to begin? Kristen Howerton’s Huffington Post piece is a good place to start.
Support the victims’ families. The Mother Emanuel Hope fund will help family members pay for funerals, counseling and other financial needs. Donations can be made online, by texting ‘prayforcharleston‘ to 843-606-5995, or by sending a check here:
Mother Emanuel Hope Fund
C/O City of Charleston
P.O. Box 304
Charleston, SC 29402