Each year, thousands of American eighth grade students from across the nation take a class trip to Washington, D.C. The impact of those trips can be life changing, especially as young people bond with classmates and prepare to chart different paths toward high school and adulthood.
While a trip to D.C. is considered a rite of passage for many, I believe that student travel to Alabama can better tell a story of the United States that speaks to today’s youth.
From slave patrols, to Selma, to Ferguson, to Minneapolis, policing has always been a tool to uphold white supremacy and exercise social control over poor and non-White people.
It is time to invest in social infrastructure including public schools, libraries, trauma care, mental health service, and clinics while we #DefundPolice.
I am doing a lot of things this week as I process the murders of black people at the hands of police and the range of societal reactions to it.
I am grieving.
I am praying for continued strength for the families and communities of those murdered. And by strength, I do not mean the ability to easily carry the heaviest of burdens, but simply to be able to hold on and repair.