Those women last night, those women – I speak with admiration and appreciation. The Black Mothers of young people killed in violence, together brought the spark of reality across generations and experience, to a convention process that in the past, has not always known how to include all.
This time, these mothers – brought, words and presence that were personal and present. They trusted all of us, and shared their voices, across groups normally isolated from each other.
“You don’t stop being a mother when your child dies.”
I’m so grateful for the collaboration evident in how this convention was organized, which brought to shared focus, the experience of seeing how nurturing and any meaningful effort is focused through a lifetime, not just a few active working years, nor simply years of childhood, but even after death, one”s mothering is one’s identity.
This 2016 Democratic Convention brought Blacks and Whites together, through a focus of a women’s perspective.
Efforts themselves matter, efforts over time.
Last night’s recounting by Bill Clinton, backed up by the years of video clips that showed Hilary’s persistent efforts to engage and try to help bring actions and resolve conflicts, year after year, around the world, across the country, through ups and downs – those stories told the truth.
Fashionable negative and flip phrases of critics that shouted “lock her (or anyone) up” are sound bites that are intentionally harmful without any interest in studying the whole picture, nor the impact of knee jerk choices of proposed punishment.
The most insulting suggestions are used to represent strength or degree of anger or frustration from people who pay no attention to the degree of harm their words suggest, Using concepts learned from fragmented and self-contained stories, they proscribe the greatest punishments they can imagine.
Our society needs to make time to look at the damage caused by such widely repeated, but clearly incomplete truths, viewed through our mechanical processes of professionalism, available multiple times a day through sound bites passed along mechanically and repeated around the world in an instant.
We need to stop and look at damage done, not just assume that all expressed anger is equally harmless. If there is risk of damage to another, we should hold back. Some anger is so prompt and vitriolic, it does instant damage to new ideas, new growth, new voices entering a global communication process – instantly condemning the unfamiliar, without understanding its value.
This Convention brought a shared awareness of the value of efforts, and the shame of throwing them under the bus, because of quick phrases and assumptions learned from too great a distance.