‘Tis the season and everyone, it seems, has a list of wants: the latest electronic gadget, jewelry, clothes or luxurious pampering. I have wants too, but lately they have taken on a much broader scope. See, I believe that needs and wants get mixed up. Wants get mistaken for needs. Yet my list of wants covers what each of needs: To feel valued and safe.
I want young black men to live in peace and safety,
Not to die in the streets due to gang violence or police brutality.
I want my gay, lesbian and transgender friends to be able to marry those who share their hearts.
I want men and women to be free from the terror of domestic and sexual violence
I want the mentally ill to not die by police hands for behavior that is out of their control.
To not be treated as criminals for a mind that works differently.
To not have to wait up to 12 weeks for crisis intervention.
I want women to be able to move within society without being prey.
I want children to be able to play without fear of abduction.
I want each person to be viewed with understanding eyes for their unique humanity.
I want each person to foster humanity with love.
I want each person to be safe and have enough to eat.
I want each person to know and BE love.
I want. I want. I want. ~ Paulissa Kipp