The impact of this video is profound. I see clearly that I have been living in a bubble that allowed me not to see many of the fundamental problems in our society. My vision of progress has been revealed as an illusion. The thinness of that 1960s vision is apparent.
Yet, I am not without hope. The spontaneous protests across the country and the world are generating incredible momentum for positive change with an intensity I have not seen in the last 50 years. A great opportunity is at hand. Now as Chairman of the Board of Directors at Trinity Boston Connects, I endeavor to use my voice in concert with a team of highly capable people committed to dismantling systemic racism and offering healing from the traumatic impact of that system. Through them and my own individual learning inspired by my work with Trinity, I now see the myriad ways structural racism is still deeply entrenched in our society. Equally important, if not more so, I more deeply understand the role I – and people in my generation - need to play in both my personal life and professional support of TBC’s efforts to dismantle these systems of oppression. Rather than a defeat, our collective response to this moment in history can yet become a continuation of the promise of the 60s.