(Photo – Rod Mar)
We are living in the midst of a cultural transformation. And we’ve never needed it more than now.
Racial tensions are elevating to unprecedented levels as black men and women continue to be murdered and mistreated in unjust fashion. The impact of the pandemic has seemingly faded into the background as we process and react to yet another horrific tragedy.
These days are challenging and call on all of us to search our souls.
The current tumultuous time of racial injustice has led to protests that have demonstrated extraordinary images of diversity and solidarity.
Out of this moment, let us seize the opportunity to discover a new caring, one grounded in a new awareness, a new compassion, a new empathy. This philosophy will guide our decision-making as we rebuild our communities, reform our institutions, and demand justice for all.
While there are many ways to contribute to the change, we can start by making a heartfelt commitment to treat all people equally and with the respect they deserve. The fundamental place to begin is to treat others like you wish to be treated.
Please consider living out a renewed commitment to empathy. Make a conscious effort to listen, to understand, to care, and to build bridges.
Be a part of this cultural transformation by moving toward a new caring for others. Together we can capture this moment and create a culture of New Empathy — one day at a time, one person at a time.
– Pete Carroll