T R A N S I T I O N | The process or period of changing from one state or condition to another
There is an increased amount of discussion, worry, fear, and division about the upcoming transition of leadership. America is in transition and no matter where you stand on President #45, we all seem to be preparing for a 4-year roller coaster. Although, even I am skeptical about what the future looks like under this new regime, I know America is in transition. If the election has taught me anything, I’ve learned I can be what I want to be, simply because I want to be it. With this new found self-proclaimed power, I’ve appointed myself America’s Transition Coach. America must do these 3 things now that we have all touched and agreed, America is in transition.
- START IN THE MIRROR: America is long overdue for self-reflection and awareness. No matter where we rest on the issues, there is no better way to see change than to look in the mirror. This means turning to face our painful past and the division within our own borders. This means having conversations about hate, racism, and privilege. America can’t act as if these things don’t exist. But how do we do this? One thought or possibility is mandating a State History Townhall, making each state responsible for presenting their history; the good, bad, and horrible. This would not only educate the people of that region but also begin the first steps to healing, acknowledgement.
- IDENTIFY, CONFRONT, & BEGIN THE HEALING: America hasn’t been kind to many, but just to name a few, African and Native Americans come to mind; we are still in America, walking in the shadows of our painful past. We have not healed nor confronted the lasting effects of slavery but still, are encouraged to get over it. Instantly, rationale kicks in and I have to ask myself, “How does one truly get over something that has yet to end?”. Slavery, like the diamond industry ran one hell of a marketing campaign, one that’s still effective, alive, and working in 2017. Sure, the ties that bind African Americans have loosened for opportunity, chance, and a seat at the table; but communities are still impoverished, enslaved, and disenfranchised. The top of the food chain is still Melanin deficient and no, having an African American President didn’t make it all go away. America’s transition will make us comfortably uncomfortable; freedom and equality has not been given to all. We must go up against opposing ideas and leadership that suggests everyone is treated equal. We begin by placing #BlackLivesMatter vs. #AllLivesMatter, police brutality, and judicial sentencing debates at the top of the list. We must help America identify, confront and get over her fears and foundational cracks. If even one person can’t do this, then we all sit until we can.
- EMBRACING CHANGE & LEARNING TO ENDURE: America must learn to embrace the change, while on the contrary, we the people have to endure (brave, face, sustain and tolerate) the growing pains to free ourselves from America’s historical hold. It will take fighting for what’s right and never being silent about America’s needed growth.
The election left many feeling stuck, depressed, in fear, and questionable about our next moves. As many of us laid our burdens down, experiencing signs of Post-Traumatic Syndrome Disorder (PTSD) arising, I realized, now is the time for us to transition. We can’t lay dormant at the watch of such a great opportunity to Agitate! Agitate! Agitate! ~Frederick Douglass.
Now is the time for us to stress the need for America to grow.
Transition is difficult, it can be divisive, cruel and harsh but that doesn’t mean good can’t come from it. When I look at our days ahead, I see America in Transition; we will either fight to get through it together or fight to stay in it together, either way, we fighting.
Nikki Giovanni said, “I’m interested to learning about the new world we’re in and taking full advantage of what it has to offer.”
I’m optimistic about what we the people can do to help America transition. None of us during this time should lay down, be ignorant on the decisions being made, nor remove our hands off the pulse of equality, peace, and justice. In the face of transition, we simply can’t afford to do that. So, I welcome America to her Transition and challenge everyone to find out what they will do, wear, and potentially bring as a snack during the marches because if America is in transition, that means we all are in transition.
And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:
Free at last! Free at last!
Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!
Martin Luther King, “I Have A Dream”
*Updated Aug 20, 2017