White supremacy, fueled by nationalism and toxic leadership, has again flared up, this time at the head of our country. The attack on the Capitol Building this week has caused many leaders in the United States to say, "this is not who we are."
Yet our history reveals that this country has never fully cured this hatred from our society. This week's event tragically shows how sick we really are.
I am embarrassed and ashamed, but not surprised. I want to apologize for the fire we have set in our own house.
As you may already know, Sister Cities officially began in the decade of rebuilding after WW2, kicked off by Dwight Eisenhower in 1956, with these questions to answer:
How do we dispel ignorance? How do we present our own case? How do we strengthen our friendships and how do we learn of others? These are our problems.
55 years later, I'm afraid we still have the same problems.
I started my involvement last year (2020), wanting for a way to be involved in the diverse culture of our area, looking to learn of others. When I talk to people in Raleigh about Sister Cities, I often say that it's a local way to celebrate the international presence of our neighbors, businesses, and leadership from across the world. This work is to be the opposite of the domestic terrorist event in Washington, DC this week.
My hope for our city, country, and our people is that we can diagnose the problem of white supremacy continues to infect our systems of leadership, justice, and culture.
Our work within Sister Cities, here and across the world, let it be a small but powerful part of the medicine to heal this potentially fatal condition. With grace and humility, these friendships we have with communities across the world, let us see the continual beauty of the world, even as the wounds and brusies continue for us.
To fix the hatred and inequaility in this country (and world), it will be lengthy to cure.