These days are so extraordinarily challenging for all of us because we realize, both intellectually and emotionally, that we must confront deep-seated issues not only in others, but in ourselves.

As a white male of life-long privilege I can sense the enormity of the challenge ahead. For how is it possible to incorporate the knowledge of hundreds of years of dismissal, debasement and death of Black neighbors without staring straight into the face of complicit silence?

Those of us who are white will need to use our established practice of silence, only now for a far better purpose. To listen quietly, with humility and openness, to the voices of the Black community, helping us to dismantle and discard the mythology that has long covered over the grievous founding crimes of our country.

We can listen intently to their voices, joined by those of Native Americans, Asian Americans, Latinx and many other immigrants and neighbors. In brutal candor they can reveal details of the privileged striations of our color-bound society, and of the dangers that lie therein.

This process of listening and learning will be difficult but ultimately valuable. There are deep and jagged fissures within our social and political context, intimidating to approach, even more dangerous to avoid. The same is true at a familial and personal level.

Luckily there are many wonderful leaders out there, locally and nationally, who can help guide this process. They’re remarkable in their intellect, compassion, determination, and yes, in their appropriate sense of urgency. Many have shared their writings, and many are embedded throughout the scores of vibrant technicolor marches that continue across the country.

Members of the MCF staff have collated a range of organizations working on the critical issues of the day, groups well worth consideration for support, engagement and funding. This resource page will be kept current and available on the MCF website.

Sorrow and pain, shame and fury. These feelings need to be acknowledged and lived through. Concurrently, we can and must turn toward deliberate action. We can turn toward choices that are life-affirming, justly reflecting the equal value of each and every person.

We can turn toward the bright light of hope.


- Dr. Tom Peters

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