An Exercise in Self-Reflection

Let this sink in:

“What we saw on that video was torture. What we saw on that video was inhumane. What we saw on that video was evil. We cannot cooperate with evil. We cannot cooperate with inhumanity. We cannot cooperate with torture. We must seek justice.”

Attorney Benjamin L. Crump

Blog by Associate Colette Parker

Now, take a look in the mirror and answer the following questions:

  • Are you a seeker of justice?
  • How do you show justice to others?
  • Do you (unwittingly or intentionally) fail to do justice?
  • Are there groups of people who you think should have no rights or limited rights?
  • Do Black lives (really) matter to you?
  • Are there areas of your life in which you are indifferent to justice?
  • What are you prepared to do to act justly?
  • Again: Are you a seeker of justice?
Posted in Associate Blog, News

22 responses to “An Exercise in Self-Reflection

  1. Thank you Colette for posing hard questions to answer….as we all have biases and it’s only in being honest with myself that I dare to flesh them out. It’s not something that you do once and you are done…..I live with the biases that are inherent within me but once I name them and acknowledge them then I can move forward towards acting with justice.

  2. Thank you, Colette, for your clarity and honesty and courage to speak out in the face of injustice.

    Martha Lubitz
    Niskayuna Associates

  3. Being a person who demonstrated with Cesar Chavez, picketed the School Board, Safeway, etc. It is difficult to watch what is going on now and not be able to be a part of it. My prayers are with all who need are able to represent all of us.

  4. Thank you. It is time for this reflection and to act on the fruits of this reflection personally. Mm

    1. Sr. Margaret Mary, each of us must start with ourselves. As you well know, people are not fooled when we fail to be honest/authentic/genuine/real.

    1. Rosie, thank you. When people ask me what they can do, my first answer is always “start with yourself.” I believe that if you can be honest with ourselves, we can honestly determine what we are prepared to do.

  5. Thank you, Colette, for giving us these questions to ponder. May I do so honestly!
    Marilyn Pierson

    1. Sr. Marilyn, thank you. I do hope that our introspection will bear good fruit — love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

  6. Good questions Colette, some real soul searching here. I love when you challenge us to think and act.

    1. Patti, thank you. I believe it is important to acknowledge who we really are. We must be honest with ourselves, if we are to make a real (positive) difference.

  7. Thank you for this blog it helps us all to look inside ourselves , and express Love , respect, and dignity with all people.

    1. Val, thank you for reading. Truly, the bottom line is about getting to the place where we are all embraced as part of the human race.

  8. Another question, Do I recognize my privilege as a white person? Not just origin but “complexion”? I know as a Mexican/American being of lighter complexion can make a difference — until I speak? Thank you for the questions, Colette.

    1. Sr. Esther, the privilege question is very important and the complexion dynamic could be its own case study (as I am sure it has been). I do hope that as a first step people can be honest with themselves about who they really are and where they truly stand in this fight for justice.

  9. I’ve tried leaving comments to blogs in the past but never had one acknowledged, so although I appreciate the opportunity your questions offer, I’ll wait to actually respond until I’m sure you get this.

    1. Karen, my hope is that the questions help each of us enter into the space of deep introspection. I don’t need to know the answers, but I hope that we can (at least) be honest with the person in the mirror because that is whom we live with 24/7.

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