I’ve been walking through portals, looking for the one(s) that can rescue us all from this timeline, hoping that this land still holds some kind of magic, that we haven’t destroyed it all.

Two tall trees standing next to each other, with a space between that looks like a gateway or a tunnel.

But looking for a magic solution that will solve all of our problems is bullshit. To do so is evidence of my white privilege. White people want an easy step to take to solve our racist system. We want an easy answer that says as long as we don’t use slurs then we are absolved from any part in the ongoing, unending, deadly white supremacist system that is killing so many people.

I am very specifically saying that we want an easy answer or an easy step. Because the steps we must take and the good work we must do, isn’t easy, but it is simple. It is simple to train your mind and change your mind so that your pre-conscious reaction to Black people and marginalized communities is positive. It is not easy. It requires commitment and time and discipline and dedication and work. It is simple to quit a job that oppresses Black people and marginalized communities. It is simple to demand that our elected officials make bold changes that lift up Black people and marginalized communities as a step in the long line of steps we must take to rectify all the harms we have caused, inherited, or permitted. It is simple to follow the lead of Black people and marginalized communities in transforming our shared world.

Today, I will recommit myself to the work. And for every portal I pass through, looking for that magic, I will ask myself: what is one thing I can do today to make that magic a reality here and do that one thing. Simple.

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Published by creatingcarrie

writer, performer, misadventurist, catmom, the silly aunt, and lawyer. i'm not very good at being still.

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