When I returned to work three weeks ago, one of the first things I noticed as I drove my students to and from their private school were the signs planted on the front lawns of this well-integrated, well-to-do area where “Black Lives Matter” and “Someone is Excited to be Entering Kindergarten” this Fall – even though her public schools had to open virtually.
Of course, there are political signs too, many for “Biden & Harris” and others for “Trump” - without Pence. In a park in a neighboring district, I found a sign telling people to walk only in a clockwise
direction to maintain social distancing. Outside nursing homes and clinics there are signs honoring the heroes who work inside - although I hold to my belief that we are all heroes, some of us, at times, in more imminent danger than others.
But my favorite sign by far is one with pastel letters set against a black background that seems to
We believe, it says, that
Black Lives Matter
No Human is Illegal
Women's Rights are Human Rights
Science is Real
Water is Life
Injustice Anywhere is Injustice Everywhere
And, right there in the middle of that sign is my
favorite line of all: Love is Love!
Has there ever been any statement more profound?