When ignorance erupts in hatred
When a people group declares dominion over another
When hatred is tolerated by those in power
When it is forgotten that we belong to each other
When it is ignored, that we must care for each other.
Looking away from the injustice of the marginalized, because their story is not our own.
When we recognize that we mustn't share a womb to be brothers and sisters
When we use our voice to elevate others
When we say, "Your story is not mine, but I will share it, so you may be seen and heard."
When we admit our privilege and abandon complicity
When we risk error to shape a narrative more magnificent than the cowardice of prejudice and bigotry
When living beings are offered love, acceptance, and belonging
When we seek worthiness for all
When we seek justice and freedom that knows no bounds.
When we say we need a world in which dignity and safety are not privileges, but rights.
*This poem was inspired by the events that took place surrounding the nationalist rally in Charlottesville, VA. As we continue to experience hatefulness and violence in our culture, my hope is that we might continually examine the roots of hate in our own hearts and seek peace from the inside out. Thank you for reading.