Posted on May 4, 2017
I mentioned earlier that I attended a rally. And, I was one of those persons standing there staying in my little circle. I engaged in a few discussions with strangers about their signs and their anti-oppression work, but I continually felt this growing sick feeling in my stomach. I felt like a poser. How could I proclaim to be anti-oppression and pro-immigration when it was so hard to get to know my neighbors? It was uncomfortable making small talk. It was uncomfortable being at a rally that felt unorganized. It was uncomfortable being screamed at by strangers. Frankly, it was uncomfortable doing this hard thing. But, that’s the rub sometimes, right? It was for me. I like to do the easy things. I like to know that I am safe. I like to know that I am comfortable. But, I am continually challenged by the idea that this body is not meant to hide. This body isn’t meant to only do the easy things. This body is fully equipped to engage in peace-building and community building right here. And, maybe that isn’t your call. Maybe you have a different one. But, I’d invite you to start to listen to those little nudges, those moments when you feel uncomfortable, those moments when you are challenged to examine your own “safe space” mentality.
Maybe we all can do better together.
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