FAIR News: Hope is Not Lost
Dear Friends of FAIR,
Recently, a friend asked me a question that I should have been able to answer without hesitation, but I couldn’t: What drives me to commit so much of my time, energy, and effort to FAIR?
It’s a reasonable question, but it’s one I’ll admit I haven’t given nearly as much thought as I should. I spend so much of my time focusing on logistics, operations, strategic planning, writing and responding to emails—and of course, fundraising to ensure all of this keeps happening. Like most people, I’m also busy juggling family commitments, being present for my partner, dealing with a teenager and aging parents, paying bills, and dealing with the nuts and bolts of life.
And in the moments between it all, I rarely stop to ask myself what drives me to do the work I do at FAIR. I’m not the only one who should be asking themselves this question.
We at FAIR know what we do. We promote a common culture based on fairness, understanding, and humanity. We defend the right of all human beings to be treated equally. We advocate for diversity without division.
But why do we do this work? I think the answer to this question matters far more than we think, because we can’t be as impactful with our work unless we know why we’re doing it. We can’t accomplish the change we want unless we understand why we want it.
I’ve given this question a great deal of thought, and I can now tell you what drives me to do the work I do at FAIR: My country is in crisis, and I will do everything in my power to save it.
When I look around America, I’m distressed by what I see:
Inflation is raging.
Housing is unaffordable.
The fentanyl crisis is destroying our younger generations.
An epidemic of homelessness has overtaken our cities.
Our schools are more focused on encouraging kids to see themselves as victims or oppressors than educating them.
Our government no longer values our privacy or our freedom of speech.
The social fabric that keeps us together is being ripped apart at the seams.
What I see fills me with such sadness, but what saddens me more is knowing that what I see isn’t just happening here; all around the world, people are losing their communities, their way of life, and the freedoms they’ve taken for granted.
I also know that this country, even though it’s in crisis and despite its many flaws, is not only worth saving—but must be saved at all costs.
The house our ancestors built wasn’t perfect; it was just an experiment. But as it progressed, something unexpected happened: an experiment that was intended to favor only wealthy white men would end up benefiting people that its founders never intended.
Our home has survived depressions, world wars, social unrest, global pandemics, and presidential impeachments. But what our home wasn’t built to withstand is unrelenting division that rots its foundation. Abraham Lincoln reminded us of our Achilles' heel on the eve of the Civil War, the moment our nation almost ended: “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”
Now, our house is divided again. The roof is collapsing, and the walls are buckling. Worst of all, its foundation is cracking. Our home is in grave danger. But we can’t let it fall.
We must keep this house standing because America is the line in the sand, and if we don’t save it, the world becomes very dark. This experiment has only happened once in history. If it ends here, it may never happen again.
That’s where FAIR comes in.
We believe it’s not too late to save our home, to rebuild it. We also know that rebuilding our home doesn’t mean tearing it down and starting with something completely new. We can—and must—keep the foundation it was built upon. The foundation of freedom.
We in FAIR pour our time, energy and effort into this organization because it defends that foundation, the fundamental principles this nation was built upon—principles we have taken for granted for too long and that too many have forgotten. We understand how precious the American experiment is and that we have the power to save it. But we also know that we can’t save our country if it’s divided. Our mission is to bring people together, to appreciate our common interests and values, so we can save what matters most to all of us.
This is what drives me. What drives you?
Monica Harris, Executive Director
FAIR is proud to announce the latest addition to our advisory board, Ilana Redstone. Redstone is an Associate Professor of sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also co-director of the Mill Institute at UATX. She is the creator of the “Beyond Bigots and Snowflakes” video series and the author of the Certainty Trap (coming out in summer 2024). She has a joint Ph.D. in demography and sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. You can find out more about her work at www.ilanaredstone.com. Welcome, Ilana!
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