Yeah, I’ve got nothing.
And you know what, that’s okay. You don’t have to make a public statement every time something awful happens just to show you give a shit. Sometimes the greater wisdom is to shut up and listen to people who know better than you. Black Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter, this is so much bigger than just the thing the Internet is pissed off about this week.
The only bad guys I face on a daily basis are germs, grass stains, and preschool waitlists. What insight could I possibly have into the scary, difficult jobs of police officers? And as a small, white, nonthreatening woman who lives in a nice neighborhood, what could I offer about the daily indignities and dangers of being a person of color? Police officers smile at me, call me “m’aam,” and give me their phone numbers “just in case.”
I can offer my sympathy, my outrage, my sincere desire for things to be different. All of this is true, but isn’t it as pointless as offering “hopes and prayers” every time elementary school children get shot up in their classrooms?
So I’m respectfully declining to comment on shit I know nothing about. Instead, I’m informing myself by reading and listening to people who DO know so I can be a thoughtful, engaged citizen and raise my kids to be thoughtful, engaged citizens, too. Being part of solution comes in many forms, and in some cases, listening can be far more powerful than outrage.