Many Differences

Most of my summer is spent at a camp living and working with amazing people from all over the world. We come from different cultures and religions and all strive to give children an unforgettable summer. We work in harmony and at times I feel we learn as much as our campers.

And in my home country I see too many reports of hate and a president failing to denounce that hate.

I really don’t know what to say to those who feel that White Supremacy is an American way. Nor do I understand those who feel that Black Lives Matter is in any way comparable to White Supremacy in any of its forms, be it KKK, Neo-Nazi, or Alt-Right.

White Supremacy is a movement of hate. It is not “White Lives Matter”. It is hate directed chiefly against people of color.

Black Lives Matter is a group protesting the many sanctioned killings of black people by the police. That does not make BLM anti-police. That does not make BLM anti-white. The name “Black Lives Matter” is a recognition that since before the founding of the United States, Black Lives have been valued less than white lives.

That truth is not political correctness run amok. That is not white guilt. That is the result of slavery, Jim Crow, segregation, and a court system that has been unfairly balanced to imprison Black Lives and to condone the loss of Black Lives.

I am a White American living in Japan. In two days I will go off for another week of camp surrounded by a summer family composed of many different shades.

The very least I can do between camp sessions is to unequivocally state that Black Lives do indeed Matter and that by any name White Supremacy is nothing but naked hate.


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