Citizen K’s Democracy Project – “what I can tell you”

I can’t tell you what it feels like to live in constant fear of being beaten, imprisoned or lynched

I can’t tell you what it feels like to have survived a massacre that claimed so many of your people

I can’t tell you what it feels like to be pushed and pushed in hopes that you will finally resist and therefore justify someone killing you

I can’t tell you what it feels like to cower at night listening for the rushing feet that foreshadows the burning torch or the angry mob

I can’t tell you what it feels like to live your whole life knowing that you will likely be beaten and raped

I can’t tell you what it feels like to be despised because you don’t fit someone’s narrow definition of what they think is God’s blueprint for humanity

There is quite a bit I can’t tell you because I have not had to experience this.

If that is privilege, then so be it.

What I can tell you is that my ancestors went through all of this and countless gave their lives in the fight against it.

I owe it to them to speak out against any of this happening to anyone ever again.

A posting from Kevin McGill’s The Possible Ks

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