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This is What You Do

You try not to feel battered. You try not to be bruised.

You promise yourself you won’t watch the video…and then maybe you do.

You sign petitions. You make donations. You might be brave enough to march. You pray. You vote.

You cry. You cry.

And if change doesn’t happen by the time you dry your eyes, it is already taking too long. The path forward is hazy on the horizon. You can only take the steps in front of you. And you remember your parents marched this same path, and your grandparents, and the road forward seems to stretch as long as the road back. And you are tired. You are so damn tired.

You fear for your children.

You fear. For your children.

You feel like your nation is at war with you. (Why? What did you do?)

And you write. You testify. You witness.

You dig out your novel that is too painful to write because it is about history, and you force yourself to write because it might help to create the future. Because it might help inspire someone to dream.

Because the path is long, the dreams must be long too.

You try not to feel battered. You try not to be bruised.

–In memory of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, Pedro Villanueva, India Kager, Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice, Darrien Hunt, Andy Lopez, Natasha McKinney, Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, and so many others.

Learn their stories. #SayTheirNames

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