I grew up believing men would always be gentlemen and prefer to be courteous to women.
I grew up believing anyone would choose love over hate.
I grew up thinking no one would be cruel if it weren’t necessary.
I have been surprised by uncalled for hostility by men…young and old…whom I don’t even know.
I have been surprised by the intensity of resentment and hatred coming from my own siblings.
I have been shocked to see hatred in the face of my own nephew as he looked past me at two women of color.
(Lord Jesus, you have opened my eyes to see the truth and I’m horrified by what I see. I now understand why, in all images of you, you look so sad.)
God help us.