Can we hold two equal truths?
In America have people dying in the streets, terrible schools, a horrible health care system and a still stacked racist justice system.
The rest of the world lives in way more poverty, disease and danger.
We have a moral obligation to be part of the solution of both.
I am noticing anger arising when I voice my concern for the state of our country because I’m labeled callous and heartless. Here are two realities:
The most pressing things that need addressing in the US make almost no difference in my life because I’m faced with almost none of them.
And if you look at Chicago’s murder rate or any inner city school or the way women are treated or the racist justice system and on and on it’s evident that we as a country have SUCH a long way to go on these issues.
It comes off as incredibly self-righteous to claim that the mentality of attending to US issues (particularly for our poorest and most discriminated against) is troubling or alarming because you’ve jumped to the conclusion I don’t care about the rest of the world.
We don’t shirk our global responsibility by holding the local and global imperatives with equal importance.