As a teacher I believe that education is the solution to the problems of our age. Life long learning is the goal. So being newly retired and now living down town I was excited to participate in the Plymouth classes on undoing institutional racism. It was a valuable eye opening lesson in the insidious and pervasive nature of white privilege in our society. I left feeling troubled and often uncomfortable but certain of the need for action.
Then came the Ferguson and NYC decisions and the outcry throughout the country. The fight for justice for people of color is demanding attention and action. We all need to hear about the struggles and learn ways to further the cause, no matter where we live and work. Plymouth can offer guidance for our participation on the road to racial justice.
This quote from Victor Hugo as sounded by Martin Luther King resonates now for me more that ever.
"If souls are left in darkness, sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin but he who caused the darkness."