I generally reserve this place for humor. That’s because I believe in the power of its shared experience, and how that experience brings people together. Good humor transcends color, religion, geography, financial status or political affiliation. It’s devoid of hate and allows us to embrace a common thread woven through our humanity that we all share through laughter.
All living creatures get angry, scared, excited or worried; it’s humor that makes us human.
But there are mornings like this when being funny doesn’t feel right. The events of the past few days have spilled over from a collective cup that has been filling with a bitter brew being served during a time of unprecedented polarization within our country. We are being divided and conquered by fear — of each other, our differences, and a political landscape that inspires the worst in us instead of what defines us at our best.
And we swallow this bitter brew not because it’s what we want, but because it’s all there is.
This week’s shootings in Louisiana, Minnessota and Dallas — like Orlando — are about the kind of fear that breeds mistrust and hatred. It’s also the kind of fear that is fast becoming the oxygen within the current political atmosphere. The more of it we breathe, the more it permeates us, coursing through our life blood and into our hearts until that fear we breathe is what sustains us.
Without question, black lives matter.
Because all lives should matter.
Whether black, white, rich, poor, Christian or Muslim, embracing that simple truth is the first step toward ending the fear and, more importantly, reclaiming the best in ourselves and the things that unite us as Americans.
Yes, I believe in the power of humor.
But even more so, I believe in the power of the people who share its common thread. Together, we can fix what has started to unravel; we can define ourselves through our unity rather than by the things that divide us; we can demand that our political landscape be used to bear real solutions instead of devisive rhetoric.
And, once again, we can sit together and share a laugh or two…