by Debilyn Molineaux, Coffee Party USA, CPUSA Newsletter, 5/7/15
As I write this today, I am watching what is happening in Baltimore as reactions to a death of an unarmed man in police custody has led to violence. I grieve for our loss of community — or the potential of community — as we retraumatize each other, over and over again. I’m angry that my “it’s not my problem” attitude has contributed to today’s violence.
I’m privileged to have grown up in a world where my contributions are wanted, valued and needed. What if I had grown up in poverty, without one or both parents, where violence was part of everyday life, mental illness was untreated and addiction just a way to cope? What if I had grown up in a community where justice was fleeting or missing? Making a contribution to others would be not just more challenging, but perhaps impossible.
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