In September 2017, we were in Montgomery, Alabama and we were able to visit the Civil Rights Memorial. It was a sobering experience. We walked through and took in all of the imagery and stories. So many people denied civil rights, people that suffered at the hands of hatred and ignorance, the tears rolled.
We’ve never openly expressed in-depth our stance on human rights and racism because frankly, we didn’t think we HAD to because no decent human being would be a racist. We have realized in recent weeks that it is not enough not to be a racist, and it isn’t enough to consider racists to be inherently flawed as human beings. We must speak out against racists, bigots, and hatred. We must be ANTI-racist.
We must speak up for others who speak up but aren’t heard. We must confront our privileges and biases. We must face our complicit behavior. We must acknowledge the systemic racism, sexism, and bigotry in our world.
“We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” – Elie Wiesel
We stand with Black Lives Matter.
While human beings are valued differently based on the color of their skin, we have failed as a society.
We are ALLIES, and we will not tolerate hate on our page or in our lives.
Be well, and stay safe.
Lehnanne & Michael