Given that the movie Zootopia came out in the spring when we were busy dealing with Grandma’s death, I saw it for the first time recently in our local late-run movie theater. I found a number of uncomfortable parallels about racism, sexism, prejudice, jumping to often unwarranted conclusions, and fear and fear-mongering.
I feel like I am living in the midst of those things.
After the shootings in Baton Rouge yesterday, the public officials in Louisiana tried to quell rumors and pleaded for calm. President Obama then reiterated his calls for civility and for toning down divisive rhetoric, especially important as we enter two weeks of political conventions.
We need to pull together as community, as a nation, and as citizens of the world.
I am adding my voice to this effort, as I tried to do in this recent post.
I admit to being disheartened by those who are publicly blaming President Obama for the deaths of the police officers, following years of hateful rhetoric that has so many not only questioning our civic institutions’ legitimacy but also falling into violent extremism, hate speech, fear, mistrust, and/or hyper-individualism.
We are better than this.
We have brains that can gather facts and reach reasonable conclusions from them.
We have hearts to love others and to move us to care for them.
We have bodies that enable us to interact with our loved ones and for the common good.
We must not allow ourselves to be bullied, misled, or blinded by hatred or fear.
We need each other.
We are connected to each other.
We must respect each other’s human dignity.