Listening is a skill. One that admittedly, I'm not very good at...and you should know that an abundance of historical evidence exists showing my true clumsiness at listening. I think many of us are in the same boat...a reluctance to listen and to hear what others are experiencing before we act. Racism is something we learn, something we teach and hopefully something we can unlearn and unteach. But I propose that the first step is NOT to act on what we think should happen but rather listen to others, especially those who have suffered the negative impacts of racism over the centuries.
Some of my friends might say, "You liberal snob, you don't know what you're talking about." I think they're right, I don't know the scope the depth the width the inhumanity of racism. I am not sure how I should listen either. So my quest is, hopefully with the help of others, to learn to listen. Some of my friends recommend I listen to FoxNews and the network's most popular star. But I think that person and that type of rhetoric doesn't want me to learn to listen to others, only to him. So I will start searching out other people, books, videos, etc. I've learned that PBS has some really well done documentaries, if you have the time, take a look at what they have to offer.
I'm reluctant to go out because of my health and COVID, but I have and now I worry. I may have to modify my behavior. Maybe behavior modification should be a thing. This image found me in Springfield a couple of days ago as locals came out to support Black Lives Matter. #blm