Like many others, the horrifying murder of George Floyd weighed on my mind this week.
Since we adopted T, I often view and process news and events through the eyes of being his Papa.
I often think to myself about how I can protect T from the horrors of the world while he is young, how I can educate and prepare him to face these horrors when he’s older, and how I can ensure he contributes positive things to the world and helps combat these horrors.
I will never – thankfully – experience the inequities that black people have faced simply for the colour of their skin.
There was something enraging this past week in seeing how some politicians and individuals have reacted to peaceful protests. Those in power focused on the separate group of looters and used that to distract from or try to discredit the larger issue: a broken system that continues to allow black people to be subjected to police brutality.
Like the pandemic, I am glad that T is young and innocent and oblivious to these injustices. But unlike the pandemic, which will pass, racism is deeply rooted in our society and it’s going to take more than a vaccine to eradicate it.
I don’t have all the answers to give T nor do I even know how to talk about something like this with him should he ask me about it today (the Sesame Street video below helps a little!).
As he gets older, starts noticing differences and asks questions, I will need to be prepared.
To do that, I need to do my part to ask questions, to listen and pay attention, to speak up, to not be silent, and to better educate myself.
And the hubby and I will teach T to do the same.
Because we all can and must do our part to make things better.