Like you, I’ve witnessed videos and news coverage and riots/demonstrations on social media and in my city. This stuff is scary and depressing and emotionally draining.
This post was originally over 1,600 words and was mostly me trying to work through my own thoughts and emotions on the subject. Some people share thoughts in social media feeds, others head to the bar and drown their sorrows in suds. I’m a writer and a speaker, so I deal with difficult things in words.
I wrote out the entire article and was one step away from hitting the Publish button, but then decided it was too soon.
I saved the original post as a draft and perhaps someday the full content will see the light of day, but for now there is enough drama in the world. I’ll just say this…
These past few days have been nightmarish for cities across America. It’s like scenes from some apocalyptic movie come to life. Anger, frustration, and fear finally reached a boiling point after decades (generations) of mistreatment and inequality of black people in our country after the death of George Floyd was recorded and shared across the internet while he was in police custody.
We purport to value life in our country.
There are pro-life organizations striving to protect the lives of the unborn and there are anti-death penalty organizations who strive to prevent the government sanctioned deaths of inmates. There are anti-war protesters who march against sending soldiers off to die in wars and there are proponents of the 2nd Amendment who exercise that right to keep and bear arms in the interest of protecting their families.
With all these organizations seemingly focused on protecting life at every stage, why can’t we seem to stop killing each other out of fear?
Love you guys…