Megan Wolfe: A gentler society, yes, but we also need justice
By Megan Wolfe / Heralds Forum
Lately, I have seen a lot of calls for a return to civility and kindness locally and nationally.
I agree that living in a nicer, more civil community would be wonderful, but I think there is a big difference in what people mean when they say they want the world to be a better place. kind. From what I’ve seen, many of those who call for kindness in our society actually want a return to a time when their bigotry and prejudices were not questioned or challenged. They want a return to a system of silent acceptance of discrimination and hatred.
I would like us to live in a gentler society. A company that puts the needs of the people first. A society that sees people being oppressed and stands up and says ‘this can’t go on’. The kindest leaders I see in our community are actively fighting for a more just world.
Kindness is defending others, fighting against oppression and oppressors, defending what is right, defending the humanity of others. Kindness means that we strive to ensure that people from all walks of life have access to housing, food, health care and support. A kinder society would have less hatred of being spewed out by rulers and neighbors and would focus on how to solve problems instead of gaining power.
The cuteness I want to see in Snohomish County is the leaders speaking out loud about the systems of oppression that hold us all back. I want to see my friends and neighbors talk about the hate and discrimination in our community.
I believe that a really nice community would work hard to ensure that every member of the community has accommodation and food, that mental health crises are handled with compassion and empathy, that all of our schools are top notch, regardless of the neighborhood in which they are located. a gentler society would never tolerate blatant or subtle racism, homophobia, transphobia or misogyny.
A smoother society would be a wonderful place to live and it will take all of us to make it happen. So speak out loud about injustice and start spreading goodness by opposing bigotry and hatred in our society.
Megan Wolfe is Executive Director of Girls on the run, Snohomish county, which offers programs for girls in grades three to eight.