As a mother, I’ve learned that it’s possible to hear and acknowledge the pain of more than one person at a time, but each must be heard and acknowledged individually. To stand with one is not to ignore another.

Every story of suffering is unique, as is every story of kindness and generosity. I reject the categories used to divide us. They open doors to political opportunists on all sides.

I don’t believe human politics can solve human issues because they are based on faulty assumptions, including the notion of race, which ignores endless degrees of biological and genetic complexity. We’re limited by the nature of our questions as well as by our assumptions and conclusions.

Our collective questions are generally self-serving. Freedom comes from asking better questions. In the meantime, I will stand with those who hurt and will not question the legitimacy of their pain.

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