This letter is my protest march. I’m old, with underlying health conditions, and a sense of balance that has me walking with a cane and falling maybe once a week. So far only on the rug. I’ve also been a benefactor or a victim, depending on how you look at it, of white privilege throughout my life. But in my head I’m marching for George Floyd, for Ahmaud Arbery and for hundreds of thousands more black people throughout our history who've been enslaved, beaten, hosed, tortured, bitten by dogs, murdered, lynched either by the uniformed or the ordinary Joe, both of whom more often than not escaping any accountability.
Yes, evolutionarily speaking, human beings are tribal. But also evolutionarily speaking, America's ideals call us to rise above our tribal brains. Read Jill Lepore’s “These Truths, A History Of The United States.” NPR calls it nothing short of a masterpiece.
I think that when the history of this time is written, the selection of Donald Trump by the undemocratic and anachronistic electoral college will be viewed as a reversion to the tribalism of our pea brains and a tragedy for us and the world. So good people, march with me in your heads. Let's make America great for the very first time.
Jane Roberts, Redlands