• Tom Goffe

Communities of color have had enough, again. Suffering the continual debasement of subtle racism, enduing the unwarranted second looks, all too often seeing police not as protectors but potential oppressors. Screens around the world are full of images of violence, of arson and rioting. For many in the European American community (PC for white folks) it isn't easy to understand how the basic fears of daily life for people of color explode this way.

The conversation of race in America is a strange one, a discussion that is dysfunctional. The voices of people of color are loud, powerful and anguished. But if they were truly heard and taken to heart, we wouldn't be in this mess. White people are even more messed up--much of that mess attributable to upbringing and political outlook. But what baffles me (a pragmatic, Catholic, white conservative male) is how white people who profess to be people of faith aren't. They'll go to church on Sunday. They'll give thanks before a meal and often react to social media posts with 'praying' or some other public expression of faith.

Without getting 'preachy' there are a couple of places where white people of faith must do better. We need to quit saying that we follow "The Golden Rule" and actually live it. It isn't enough to say "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" but we must do it in a visible and meaningful way. In other words, people of faith must remember that faith without works is dead. It isn't enough to proclaim being 'pro-life' when it comes to abortion or euthanasia but that also applies to every moment of life in between. Being pro-life is predicated (in Catholic theology) on the dignity of the human person. What we are seeing today with the protests and rioting is an anguished cry for help by people of color demanding to be treated with dignity and respect that white people take for granted.

How can white people fix this? Let's face it: racism (whether subtle and unconscious or otherwise) is something where talk is cheap and only a change of heart will result in change. We must stand with our brothers and sisters not just in their moment of need, but continually. It isn't enough for a token contingent of progressive whites to show up at a protest, but the evangelicals, the conservative Republican 'pro-life' suburbanites and rural folks across the heartland have to join arms and say, "By God, enough!" We have to join the march, to raise our hearts and voices against injustice. It isn't enough to pray for people of color, but we must put our faith into action. We need to listen to their stories, to walk a mile in their shoes and to convert our 'thoughts and prayers' into action.

It is high time for us to join the march and stick with it until the day arrives when we are all equally God's children not just in His eyes, but in the eyes of our fellow man. Injustice against one is an insult to us all. Where one is hurting because of intolerance or hatred all of us are diminished. We must recognize their suffering and endurance, then turn their strength as inspiration to add our voices to theirs. We must stand together: we can do no less and our brothers and sisters deserve that and much, much more.

Join the fight.

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  • Tom Goffe

Updated: May 28, 2020

Life in the pandemic age. What to do? Start a blog where I can say what I want when the mood strikes me. Two things I'll do is share views and reviews. But, first things first: who is this guy?

I don't talk about myself that much, but so you'll know where I am coming from, here goes. I've lived in 12 different states and 3 countries-first as the son of a petroleum geologist, then as a soldier and finally as a husband. I soldiered for 13 years before Type 1 Diabetes killed my pancreas and Uncle Sam invited me to find a different line of work. I went to college at Fordham University in New York before starting over on Wall Street and getting married. Before the 'dot com' bubble burst my wife and I moved to DC where I worked as a Treasury Department bureaucrat. After half a decade I took a job as a magazine editor in Connecticut then worked in a winery. We lived in a house built in 1785 before moving to North Carolina when my bride's employer gave her an exciting promotion. Down here we burned our moving boxes (much like how the Vikings burned their ships after arriving in a new land). I worked for the NRA as a grassroots organizer, then took a job working for an exceptional legislator in the NC House of Representatives. When he left so did I, realizing it is always best to go out on top. Since then I've been renovating another old house (definitely for the last time), became a much better marksman and gotten involved in local politics and more in touch with my faith. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

'Views' is where I share what I've learned here and there about things I think might be important. It might be lessons that have come to me the hard way--appropriate since I'm hard headed.

  • What exactly is an 'advocate?'

  • Why did the Sanders' campaign flop?

  • Why is the 'reopen' movement deadly selfish?

  • How to get heard by a politician?

  • Can Covid-19 turn Generation Z into the Greatest Generation of the 21st Century?

  • Willie or Waylon?

  • How I became culturally illiterate?

  • What exactly is 'affordable insulin?'

Those are a few things that come to mind, and over the coming days they'll get fleshed out here.

'Reviews' is where I sound off on things I've used, places I've loved and little tidbits of occasionally useful information. Example: liberally apply hair conditioner before you shave. Then a minute with a steaming hot towel before reaching for the razor. You're welcome. I'll be writing book reviews, my user impressions of diabetes devices, products I've tried and what I thought of them--essentially writing what I'd say in an online review without having to give up my email to some big company.

I hope you'll find this entertaining, periodically thought provoking and worth your time. Please chime in, whether you agree or have a different take. I look forward to learning from you.

#newyear #resolutions #old

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