I cannot stay silent.

It’s hard keep quiet on social media about politics and other polarizing + controversial topics, but for the most part I do. I run a business, my Mom + Joe have a business. It’s just good practice to keep my mouth shut so as not to upset those on either side of the issue at hand.

I keep my political affiliations private; although if you know me, you might know.

That said, what happened to George Floyd in Minneapolis, killed for NO reason. So he passed a fake $20 bill. Okay, arrest him take him in for questioning, he does not deserve a knee to his neck, letting you know he cannot breathe for 8 minutes. I cannot say if I have ever passed fake money, I may have. Was it intentional, no. Was Mr. Floyd’s? We do not know, he wasn’t give the opportunity to tell his story. Because one man, a bad apple of a cop, held him down with a knee to his neck with three other officers stood and watched and did nothing, while George pleaded for his life.  Not even a citizen standing by stepped up, instead they turned on their phones and captured it on video.

I am a white woman the only real injustice I face is that [at times] the government wants to control how I handle my reproductive organs. I go about life pretty fearlessly, but obviously safely.

Due to COVID-19 overpowering the news and it being quite depressing I’ve really steered clear of the news lately, very unlike me, I’m usually quite aware of things going on not just in the area, state, but usually in the nation. I just like to be aware.

I still check CNN a few times to see wha is going on and follow my local new station on my Facebook feed.  I’m just torn. I see people upset by the protesting / demonstrations / rioting.  A friend shared an article from April 2015 about rioting that quoted MLK Jr so eloquently I felt the need to share: Full Time Article

King’s conviction, however, did not stop the influence of those who championed riots as a tactic. The following year, in delivering his “The Other America” speech at Stanford University, King returned to his idea about what goes unheard:

…I think America must see that riots do not develop out of thin air. Certain conditions continue to exist in our society which must be condemned as vigorously as we condemn riots. But in the final analysis, a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it that America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the plight of the Negro poor has worsened over the last few years. It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice, equality, and humanity. And so in a real sense our nation’s summers of riots are caused by our nation’s winters of delay. And as long as America postpones justice, we stand in the position of having these recurrences of violence and riots over and over again. Social justice and progress are the absolute guarantors of riot prevention.

Kings point, though subtle, is clear. He does no support violet tactics, including riots, but he agues that the way to stop citizens from rioting is to acknowledge and fix the conditions that they are rioting against.  And in the larger context of the speech, he got a chance to explain how exactly that mending should occur.

A white musician from Nashville shared this on his Facebook this morning so I’m sharing parts of it that I agree with:

As we have no way to truly put ourselves in the shoes of the black community, the only thing we can do, is stand with them, raise our voices, lift them up, demand justice for unanswered murders, and love them harder than we ever have before.

It’s sad it has come to this, but what can we expect, when their peaceful protests are ignored time and time again? Who are the monsters here? The ones closing their eyes to injustice for all of history, or the ones destroying property out of anger and resentment? It’s devastating to see our country, brothers, sisters, police, and civilian in this fight. 

I cannot say it’s true as I did not witness it with my own eyes, but I’ve heard that there were anti-Black Lives Matter folks in the Twin Cities with rocks / bricks and items that could be thrown to set a building on fire from out of state that were essentially instigating, then leaving. Again, I’ve heard, but do not know for certain. If this is the case, THEY ARE THE PROBLEM.

I agree with the above statement, when peaceful protests are ignored time and time again, then what!? Noise must be made for action!  I’ve seen photos from the Denver rally where they laid on the hot ground for 9 minutes saying “I can’t breathe” to show just what it was like. I saw videos of white cops with megaphones saying they were putting down their guns and batons, we are here together that it was a parade not a protest. they wanted to offer hugs. It was beautiful. Yes there are bad people, but because their skin is darker complected does not immediately make them a bad person.  Most cops are good people, and want to do their job to the best they can and help all people, but some ruin it.

We all need to be better people. Stand up for everyone. All lives will not matter until black lives matter.  While I was sickened to see the video of George Floyd, I was more disgusted that three officers stood around and let it happen and that bystanders didn’t speak up.

It starts with one. Be that one.

jess

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