I saw a post-game interview with Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr from last night after the game in Dallas. Kerr was visibly upset over the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas yesterday afternoon. He said one thing that really made me think.
“We don’t need any more moments of silence “ to remember those innocent children who died needlessly. Silence is our enemy. Silence indicates consent to the status quo, and that is unacceptable. We have elected representatives who openly refuse to address the problem of gun violence in this country because they are afraid of losing votes.
We have elected officials who value votes and their own careers over the lives of innocent children. This isn’t right; in fact it is totally wrong. “Moments of silence” won’t bring any victims back. “Moments of silence” won’t affect the next mass murderer. “ Moments of silence “ won’t comfort the families of the victims.
Silence is not an option. Our voices must be heard if the cycle of violence is to ever stop. There is no solution that is out of bounds, no sacred ground that we cannot cross to solve this problem.
The only sacred ground we should honor is the ground where the victims of our indifference are buried. If we cannot do something, then we lose any moral authority we might have claimed.
NO MORE MOMENTS OF SILENCE