“Rosa”

I won’t be posting spoilers of the latest Doctor Who episode. But I suggest, even if you don’t watch Doctor Who… even if you don’t “approve” of the female Doctor… you should watch this episode. It’s a stand alone, and very strong. But, I do have some thoughts on it. I’d like you to consider a few things.

First off, something I didn’t know. “History” isn’t my strong point. Like, at all. This is my own failing. Something I should pay more attention to. As George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Another thing I’m not good at is gauging time. I’m horrible with time distances. My friend died two years ago. I lived in Georgia two, maybe three years ago. I don’t actually know. I don’t know how long I lived on my own. Though I do know I graduated high school in 2011, I don’t know when my grandma died. I do know my friend died two years ago, only because her husband corrected me last year. Last year I thought had been two years, and it had only been one. It had seemed like I’d been forced to live a lifetime without her. I literally cannot judge time.

I didn’t know. I didn’t know that Rosa Parks and I lived at the same point in history, that she passed away just 13 years ago in October of 2005. There’s a point to this.

I think we get lost. We forget where we are, where we came from, where we’re going. When you talk about civil rights… it seems to have happened many generations ago, but it didn’t. We look at how far we’ve come, and think that’s because it’s been so long. But the distance we’ve traveled wasn’t very long in time. 

When you look at politics today, you can see how being lost in time and forgetful affects us. We somehow think we’ve done enough and we’ve come far enough but we don’t realize… there are people alive today who have lived through segregation.

And this is important. It really is. Because we’re new at this. We just started. So, why have we decided it’s time to stop? That we’ve come far enough?

I see you. I see you. I see all sides of the spectrum. Liberal, Conservative, everything in between and around them. You’re tired of this conversation.

“Look, look at all we’ve already accomplished. Look at everything. It’s enough! Can’t we be done?? Can’t we just relax now? I’m tired of fighting. It’s hard work. It’s scary. I’m tired. I did good. I helped. We’ve changed. We don’t do that anymore. Why do we have to keep going?”

I see you.

But we’re like recent High School graduates. We’ve got our diploma in hand. We’re ready to set off, and we’re tired, and we just want to be done, take a break, but now is the worst time to stop! Let’s not settle!!! College is right ahead! Think of what your parents would say, or think of what you did say to your own kids when they wanted a year off. “I know you’re tired. Don’t lose your momentum. Your moment. You think you’ve learned enough, grown enough. You think your work is done. But it’s not.”

If the Doctor would show up today, would she be proud of us? Of how far we’ve come? Sure, but she’d keep pushing us. 

You don’t see it. You don’t want to. You want to wash your hands. You want to be done.

But listen, please. Listen to your neighbors, your family, your friends. The ones not quite your color. Not your gender. Not your religion. Doesn’t have your physical abilities. Listen to what they have to say. What they say about their experience. Don’t ignore them. Listen to the voices of their children, screaming that there is still work to do. A lot of it.

You think you’ve done enough. You think everything is even, but you don’t understand because you’ve never been on the other side. They are saying it’s not.

Believe them. Keep working. Rosa Parks was alive, not generations ago… this generation. We haven’t put enough time between then and now. We can’t decide it’s enough yet.

Please. Don’t stop. Don’t stand up. Don’t get off the bus. We have a few more stops to make. There’s still people not allowed on. There’s still people who don’t even have seats.

Don’t stop.

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