We, and when I say we, I mean we white people, need to own the violence that that has been committed in our names, our history, all of it, especially the violence against Blacks and Native Americans. We need to own the violence of slavery, the repression of Jim Crow, the genocide of Native Americans. We need to reject saying that “it happened before me, I’m not responsible”. I’m not saying we have to feel guilty for things that were done before our births, rather that we need to accept and admit they happened. We need to understand the violence that built this country and how it still effects life here. Until we do? The words “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…” are white words, not words of inclusion.