As I read others' reflections and reactions with respect to the lack of indictment from Ferguson, MO last night, I am faced with much frustration and sadness.
As our CEO powerfully said in an internal statement early this morning, "Each day [City Year corps members] work with more than 175,000 students in 26 cities nationwide, including tens of thousands of boys of color, who we seek to provide with academic and social and emotional supports. Mostly, we do that by our daily practice and presence in their lives and our commitment to help them succeed. In light of tonight’s announcement, however, we must do even more: we must affirmatively do everything in our power to send a message to them that they are cared for, that we believe in them, and that we will stand up for them."
I profoundly respect the students I have had the opportunity to work with, especially those that are young men of color, as they taught me what resilience, in the face of seemingly insurmountable injustice, really means.
Each day, I push myself to recognize my privilege, and show others that I do care for them, believe in them, and will continue to stand up for them. We must continue to learn from each other. We must actively choose to face the complex issues of race, power, and privilege.
There are moments when history stagnates -- however, progress will always continue to be made. On these days, I recall, "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice."
I am my brother's keeper. #ferguson