Protests following the killing of George Floyd stretch from Minneapolis to Washington D. C. and Los Angeles all the way to the streets of Asheville. And through the tear gas and smoke, this much is clear: We are at a moment in history that will forever define who we are as individuals and as a nation.
George Floyd’s death alone did not bring the country to this precipice. We’ve been building toward this moment for years and years. This is the reckoning. It has now arrived in the form of both peaceful protests and violence in the streets.
As Martin Luther King Jr., once said, “A riot is the language of the unheard.”
What do we do now? We don’t care which side of the political spectrum you fall on, you owe it to our country to listen to that anger, to make the effort to try and understand it and to work to create change that will heal the divide and bring this country together. It’s on all of us to do that.
Above all else, this is a crucial moment that calls for leadership. Who will stand before an angry, divided nation and find words that will inspire and guide us? Who will find a path to bring us together rather than do the bidding of those who want to pull us apart? Who will step up and help us achieve a more perfect union, a union our Founders knew would be a perpetual work in progress?
Those clear, healing voices are the ones we should seek out and listen to today. And tomorrow.