“If I were to remain silent, I’d be guilty of complicity.” ~ Albert Einstein
Prior to my birthday on March 24, 2018, I never participated in any form of public demonstration. I have always marveled at my compatriots exercising their First Amendment right to peacefully assemble from afar. I have always seen protests, peaceful or otherwise, from the seclusion of my home or through the filters of cable news and Twitter. This year was different. March for Our Lives was different. Larry and I had an up-close and personal immersion of elevating a cause to save lives.
I appreciate the youth and their adult support networks’ hard work in organizing the protest, especially the mobilization of their fellow citizens in channeling our anger and disgust with unchecked gun violence into a coherent and mighty message for change. Larry and I encounter all sorts of people of different backgrounds from points all over our nation. No one made us feel “other-ed.” Everyone in Washington D.C. on March 24, 2018, all 800,000 of us, stood tall in our constitutionally granted rights and shared personal values to protect our own lives and those of our neighbors, relatives, friends, and coworkers. Yet, I embrace this awesome display of solidarity with some trepidation.
Not to be misconstrued with lacking gratitude, I wish there was such fervor around addressing police brutality against African-Americans in our country. Sure, there are outcries and Black Lives Matter and other groups have made significant strides in raising awareness. They have worked tirelessly in forcing the hand of tone-deaf and stubborn decision makers to effect positive changes. However, Black Lives Matter has been dubbed a domestic terrorist group while white male assassins committing premeditated murder are time and again pitched as victims by our mainstream media. Senselessly massacring our compatriots must stop. Bending over backwards to exonerate white men who clearly committed strategically planned murders must stop. They are terrorists.
I hope the pictures I captures inspires you to remain hopeful and contribute to the cause of eradicating gun violence in the best way you can.