I have been grappling with the aftermath of the Charlottesville events and trying to figure out what I can do, what message I can provide here. I don’t want to be silent, yet I didn’t know what to say. My heart goes out to the local community, the University of Virginia campus, and its students. As an alum of another large state university, I feel a connection to UVa and offer my prayers.
Specifically, I have reached out to two groups targeted by white supremacists. Here is their contact information if you would like to do the same.
The University of Virginia Hillel
Brody Jewish Center
1824 University Circle
Charlottesville, VA 22903
The Black Student Alliance at U.Va.
I highly encourage everyone to watch Brene Brown’s recent talk on white supremacy, privilege, power, and perspective. This is a great resource for us during this time. Please have a listen all the way through.
In my 40+ years, I have worked extremely hard to cultivate friendships spanning ethnicities, faith, and diverse backgrounds. I use this platform to showcase my own personal stories as well as others, resulting in the latest series on Trump and religion.
What resonated with me most about Brene’s talk is not to shame others when they are trying. When the Trump supporter I interviewed is trying to explain her perspective and her own story, just because she is a Trump supporter, let’s not automatically jump to find holes in her reasoning. Let’s instead listen, understand, and try to come from a place of love and understanding.
And lastly, make time for connection. I spent yesterday with my friend Ellisa who I had not seen in quite some time. We had the best time, catching up at lunch and playing like giddy kids at an art exhibit in San Francisco. Take a look here on my Instagram feed. Those smiles are 100% pure joy.