In one of my books, a city was torn apart by the murder of African Americans at the hands of the police. This act of fiction was not a good guess or prescience on my part, but an acknowledgement that I share every good American’s belief that our country’s social and legal structure is systematically biased against people of color.

I am a child of the Sixties. Reverend King’s murder, Selma, and Bull Connor are as part of my upbringing as anyone who was alive during those days, but that’s where my personal experience with racial strife ends. Why? Because I live in the privileged, empowered White America.

The current administration is fanning the disease for political gain at the expense and safety of millions. They are using the murder of George Floyd to divide us. This is wrong and should be called out as such. We need compassionate, patient, and wise leadership who will shut up and listen to the voices in pain, then do something positive about that pain.

I love my country, but America is not great today. Anyone who believes otherwise is living in a state of willful ignorance, and they are part of the problem, not the solution.

Black Lives Matter. I stand ready to listen and stand ready to help. Thank you.

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