I am going to step away from our usual focus on the importance of nutrition in health for a moment. Fear not, we will return to our regularly scheduled programming….
Right now, our national house is on fire. Nationwide. Our house is burning. The flames of racism, white supremacy, and associated privilege have been carefully tended and fanned in The USA for more than 400 years. African Americans have borne the worst of the inferno for all those years just because of the color of our skin.
This month, with COVID19 deaths taking a higher toll among African Americans, and sky-rocketing unemployment, and all the other pre-existing conditions, the situation reached ignition point. Then, a few seriously misguided people have added gasoline and BOOM! The house is exploding. We have another holocaust. Again.
To blame the victims of any despicable act is to support injustice. To deny or minimize it is blatant hypocrisy.
At PBNM we support truth and lead for change in any area that negatively impacts individual and community health. Today and always. To that end, we denounce violence of all kinds. We denounce police brutality. We stand against the bold and subtle ways people are robbed of their humanity and marginalized. That goes for all people, and especially for people of color.
We honor all life, and the freedom to live without fear for your own or your children’s safety, especially because of the color of a person’s skin.
We encourage you – yes you – to look deeply into what you can do to stand against systemic racism and injustice. We all have a role to play in extinguishing the blaze that consumes the nation. Don’t let the inferno continue unchecked. The fire, the heat, and the smoke are killing us all. Can you feel it? WE can’t breathe.
In Solidarity and Respect,
Meryl A. Fury, MS, RN
Plant Based Nutrition Movement