Close to Home
There are moments when events unfolding before our eyes seem far away, like it’s happening to someone else. We know, as a caring, compassionate community, that we share the weight of sadness, outrage, fear and defiance in the face of violence against another human, no matter where it happens. We stand together, again and again, declaring that Black Lives Matter. Together, we are reminded of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s words, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Sometimes that anywhere can feel far away. And sometimes it’s close to home.
Jacob Blake, the 29-year-old Black man who was shot by Kenosha police in front of his three children, is a name we all now know. And what happened to Mr. Blake hits close to home for our Camp Chi family. Jacob Blake’s family members have been Camp Chi campers and shared the magical Camp Chi experience. They called Camp Chi their home away from home like all of us.
Knowing that Jacob’s loved ones spent their time at Chi brings this all so much closer, deeper into our hearts. Maybe it also ignites outrage, confusion or the need to take action— to stand up and speak up.
What do we do? It is a great question, and one that each person and family needs to address for themselves. Below are some resources to help you find your way to do what you can to help end hate and racism. As a camp, a community, a family, we pride ourselves in helping make today’s young people better big people.
Join with us and together we can help to teach our children to give the world a better future.