“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”- Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens’ classic novel ” The Tale Of Two Cities” deals with a family’s experiences in London and Paris during the French Revolution. There were moments of optimism that were felt as a result of kind, compassionate and generous neighbors during a time of a lot of upheaval, and tension.
As I reflect on the #FamiliesBelongTogether” marches and protests that took place around the nation this time last week. I am still reminded of the passion that was emanating throughout the crowd, the sense of warmth and welcome that I experienced among the predominantly fellow protesters. I participated in a local event that took place in Milford, CT. Milford is a small predominantly white middle- class liberal town.
The event that I participated in was being hosted by a advocacy group ” Milford Speaks Out”. The crowd was diverse with a composition of predominantly white with a sprinkle of other backgrounds- it was a peaceful protest and everyone had something that they wanted to share, express and we were all encouraged to speak. As I was observing everything that was happening around me and listening to the various speakers, Michael Jackson’s song “Black or White” kept resonating within me and I left the protest feeling optimistic to a certain degree.
The event that I attended took place in Milford, CT which has a predominantly white middle – upper class population. My previous encounters with the residents and businesses over the years have been mostly pleasant. Needless to say that a majority of the protesters where white with a small sprinkling of POC such as myself were clearly in the minority; however- ( and this is a big however) we for the most part felt welcomed and were united for a cause that we were passionate about.
Fast forward to last night and the very cold reception with an underscore of oppressive tension that I experienced at a local urgent care facility in North Haven, CT. I felt the underlying tension from the moment that I walked in. It got to a point whereas I had to say several quick prayers during my encounter (aka visit) in order to deescalate the situation by keeping my cool while in no means patronizing the culprits ( excuse me- condescending pretentious 𝕄𝕖𝕕𝕚𝕔𝕒𝕝 staff).
North Haven is another small town in Connecticut with a predominantly white middle – class population that leans more conservatively than Milford.
Although, Milford and North Haven are in the same state; the contrast between the two cities in 2018 is as clear as the contrast between Paris and London during the French Revolution.
Needless to say that it is reflective of the contrast and the divisiveness, the contrast of love and hate that is taking place throughout our illustrious nation during a time of upheaval that is being orchestrated by our president and his supporters.
As I left the doctor’s office last night I found myself relating to the immigrants that are seeking asylum and refuge here as they try to escape the violence and oppressive conditions of the respective countries that they left behind.
I heard several stories of those being detained and have been separated from their families say that are willing to return to the very oppressive conditions that they were trying to escape rather than try to remain here in the United States under these current conditions because they felt unwelcome. I’m sure that my little encounter last night by no means can compare to the sense of shock, despair to say the least, that these families are facing and experiencing.
During my reflections the following verse also kept resonating …
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Rom 8:28
Therefore, being able to identify and relate more with these families as a result of my recent experiences, has only deepen my conviction to express my message of love, and welcome louder so that it overpowers their ( the president and his supporters) message of hate and oppression. I welcome and encourage you to join me in this challenge.
Let’s work together to restore the optimism that these families once felt upon deciding to embark on this journey.😘🙏🏾🇱🇷
- Romans 8:28- And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
- Tale of Two Cities; retrieved from:https://g.co/kgs/7qNnJU
- Milford Speaks Out; retrieved from: https://milfordspeaksout.org/
- Michael Jackson “Black or White”;https://youtu.be/pTFE8cirkdQ