May 30, 2020


I felt nothing watching the space launch yesterday. How could I? People are dying.

George Floyd, another black man murdered at the hands of the police. A tragedy. Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Oscar Grant dead. Millions more black, brown, and indigenous American citizens abused, incarcerated, discriminated against, marginalized.

I come back to this iceberg visualization often. It helps me realize and identity the many forms of racism that are not overt and luck below the surface, deeply embedded in our psyches and systems.

White supremacy iceberg

I know as a white male I have enormous privilege. I know I’ll never experience the things that black people in America go through every day. I pledge to become more educated about anti-racism, become a better ally, and work to understand how we can fix what has been so broken for so long. To my black friends, neighbors, and colleagues, I’m so, so sorry… but I know that’s not enough. There has to be so much more than folks being sorry for there to be real change. I feel like I don’t know how to be a good enough ally right now and I have a lot to learn.

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Cover photo credit: ACLU

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