As an expression of my belief in love, abundance and prosperity for all human beings, for the last 4-years, in addition to what I do professionally, I worked with Landmark Worldwide and their Family Division. In that roll, I met dozens of children between the age of 8-17 years old and their families. I’ve heard young people, of every nationality and religion, not only say what they were committed to in their families, schools and communities, I watched them take powerful actions in the midst of knowing the difference they make in the world. Being in the presence of their self-awareness simply lifted me.
However, in one brief moment, upon hearing the news of the tragedy, at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina, my heart sank as sadness settled in, and my sense of being able to make any difference was diminished. Such is the nature of being a target, directly or indirectly, of racial hatred.
I was reminded of the multitude of times I’ve felt this way as a child in the late 1960’s and 70’s. The emotions running through me took me to similar times in my life. I truly feel for all people – and racial hatred against African Americans affects me in a manner that is distinctly different. There is a sensation of deep hurt and helplessness connected to the first time I experienced it as a child when Martin was shot. Again, when I saw my father thrown against the hood of our car by a policeman and handcuffed while wearing a tuxedo. Again, watching the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and every time I hear the report of a man of color being attacked.
The list of occurrences that drum up feelings of dread that rise up inside of me EVERY TIME racial hatred toward African-Americans occurs, is far too long. The worst thought I had was, after all of the work, protests and marches, and legislative changes – nothing had made a difference. I felt helpless, as I also ached for the young man who committed this horrible crime, and the deep hatred and disconnect he had to be feeling.
I am astonished of how adept us Americans are at accepting the suffering of people we deem to be different than ourselves. So, when my friend shared John Stewart’s broadcast with me, my thought was, “There is hope for our broadcast media, they are a primary source for thought patterning in our country afterall.”
The fact is, us human beings are designed intrinsically the same. There is no arguing that. Blood and bone marrow can be donated and babies made by a healthy human male and a healthy human female – Period. Race, religion, and political beliefs simply make no difference when it comes to our species. We are designed that simply – Us humans just keep messing up our planet with our so called intellectual ability.
Two days later, I am comforted knowing that my actions, despite my feelings, l do make an impact. I am producing a feature film that empowers the spiritual strength and dignity of young awareness. I believe there is no more powerful means of communicating and impacting a large number of people than through the art of cinema. I believe in legal and social change and I invite you to step into whatever your self-expression is that generates another’s greatness, by taking action. All of us doing this will make THE difference.
John Stewart on Charleston, NC
Kara works with small to mid-size businesses and filmmakers to create a more clearly defined focus and distinctive business strategy that will provide them with a competitive advantage for new business, higher reputation recognition, and enhance their ability to attract, win, and retain the clients and audience they really want.