To continue our November discussions on being a bridge in our own communities, we invited Brooke Broussard to be our Guest Blogger for December. She is a St. Catherine’s parishioner who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Her family attends Session E.
“Speak the truth in a million voices. It is silence that kills.”
- St. Catherine of Siena
“We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people. Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of men willing to be co-workers with God, and without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation. We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.”
- Letter from Birmingham Jail, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"We become bystanders who tacitly endorse evil and so share in guilt in it."
- U.S. Catholic Bishops, 1979 Pastoral Letter on Racism
I thought I’d take a little time to introduce myself- I am a woman who wears many hats. I am a St. Catherine parishioner, a mother of two bright, athletic and spirited boys, ages 9 and 13, a wife of a very supportive husband who has served in the US Air National Guard Security Forces for 13 years, a business lawyer who counsels businesses of all sizes, from small family-owned restaurants in East Austin, to idea-stage start-ups, to large technology corporations like Google and Tesla, a volunteer lawyer for children in the Texas foster care system and child immigrants, an owner of two bossy dogs and three friendly chickens, a Cajun who grew up in rural Southwest Louisiana, and then later, one of the largest and most diverse cities in the United States, and a white woman who is part of a mixed race family and raising two biracial children.
"Have you ever felt powerless to do anything?"
It seemed to me like families like ours were being ignored by the national discourse, and that our country was being distracted from very serious and existential issues like systemic racism. I needed something more than a hashtag to share. I wanted to learn more about racial injustice in our community, and what we are doing to dismantle, reconcile and heal these injustices. I wanted to have serious conversations about race and social justice, and take concrete steps towards creating a more peaceful and equal world on here on Earth.
What are we doing to dismantle, reconcile and heal?
This month, I will be blogging about ways that we can undo racism in our homes and community. The first step is to learn about racism in our community. A good place to start is by reading articles by Catholics who write about race and social justice, such as: