for Charleston… and for my father, who was the first to teach me that inequality and injustice are wrong…

2 thoughts on “for Charleston… and for my father, who was the first to teach me that inequality and injustice are wrong…”

  1. Thanks, Gayle, for your post. I agree with everything you wrote and share your sense of sorrow, outrage and horror at the deep strain of racism in our country. I often feel like I don’t know what I can do to make a difference, but in this case I knew there was at least one small step I could take. A friend of mine from high school lives in a small town an hour outside of Charleston. Charlie is African American and gay and works full-time as the choral director and organist for an all-white church. I emailed him after the shooting in Charleston to express my concern for him and my despair at the state of our nation. Charlie wrote back, thanking me for my words of solidarity and sharing his anger and frustration at the many small indignities he has to endure in his position. He can’t count how many times people have assumed he’s the church janitor and made other comments he finds demeaning. He lives in fear that President Obama will be assassinated and said he thinks racism today is worse than it was in the 1960s. It was heartbreaking (but not surprising) to read Charlie’s comments, but I’m glad I reached out to him. My next challenge is finding ways to make a difference on a larger level.


    1. Thank you so much Geoff for sharing this interesting and heart-breaking story. I’m so glad that Charlie has you for a friend, and that the two of you connected at this time. I’m so sorry to hear what he has had to go through. If we all shared all our stories, the pieces of the puzzle would come into sharp focus and after we all finally stopped crying, our vision would finally be clear. At least we would see and know the breadth and depth of what is happening, and maybe then, we could make change happen. A million hugs to you and to Charlie.


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