While you are steady spewing hatred, I am steady building steps, brick by brick. Mixing the cement that holds it together. Cuts on my hands, sand under my fingernails. I am laying the bricks down one by one. Standing back at times to look at the work I have done. I am trying hard to understand the dimensions of the structural and cultural problems that may hinder my progress. Still I step up to the challenges that divide and plague our nation. One red brick, two red bricks, and three…. Lifting myself up higher and higher and allowing anyone who is willing to walk by my side to come along in pursuit of love, in pursuit of peace, in pursuit of justice, and tolerance.