Peace Kimberly Bailey-Tureaud
by Kimberly Bailey-Tureaud
Peace is on the horizon
With the dust settling after a lengthy presidential campaign and intensely fought state and local elections, it is no wonder that so many of us are now searching for a new sense of peace.
After a season of nonstop political advertising and fierce debates with those on the other side of the ideological spectrum, weariness begins to set in. As we reflect on all that has been said and done — much of it ugly and offensive to our core values of decency and community — rational questions emerge: “How far have we really come?” and “Where do we go from here?”
No matter the outcome, one legacy of the conversation that led us to Election Day: unsettled feelings about how we see our country, and (perhaps more alarmingly) how our country sees us. There is work to be done; the dream of a colorless society appears yet distant. In this light, we must move forward, toward a renewed commitment to keeping our country, community, family and selves on a path to spiritual and personal development.
The content of our character and depth of our intellect can propel us far, but rest assured the nuances of institutionalized racism lie in the crevasses of lazy minds. It brings peace to be aware of these realities; we will not be blindsided by external perspectives that hurt or set back our mission to progress. Our accomplishments show we have met many challenges; our children’s forecast demands that they still exceed every expectation.
It is in all our hands to face down the lazy minds, and awaken them to a more enlightened view of our strong and triumphant history. In that event, humanity wins, and peace is on the horizon.