Unsolicited Opinions in an Unprecedented Time

Reading the news. Seeing the memes all talking about the turbulent times we are finding ourselves in I needed to say something. I needed to put my thoughts down and share my unsolicited opinions as I often do.

Let me start by saying regardless of all that is happening I hope peace is found. Justice is found and real change happens. Laws need to change, education and empathy will go a long way. We need to all get to a place where sharing our opinions, views and differences do not incite word wars or end relationships. Its differences that make us stronger. It is our differences that allow for growth and further innovations.

With those thoughts in mind here are mine.

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It’s not that we “aren’t doing covid anymore” It’s just that we aren’t doing police brutality anymore or racial injustice anymore. Maybe it’s just that we aren’t doing hate anymore. Maybe instead of waiting for someone else to end systemic racism people have had enough and are speak up and speaking out. Maybe it’s that we aren’t doing murder at the hands of the police anymore. It’s not that Coronavirus has become irrelevant its that Black Lives Matter more. So many people are more concerned with the fact that people are protesting within 6 feet of eachother, not wearing masks or gathering in large groups then they are about the fact that George Floyd was murdered by police. Or Breonna Taylor was shot and murdered in her bed because the police had the wrong address. Or that Ahmaud Arbery was shot and killed for jogging. The list is long. The people more outraged by the protests then the whys of these global protests are why it is imperative that we continue with the cause. Ignorance can no longer be blissful. We can no longer let these systems of injustice be tolerated.

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I am also tired of hearing that you can’t see all police officers or law enforcement officials through the same lens just because of a few “bad apples.” Or that the actions of some do not represent the mindset of the many. When isn’t that what is happening in general. You broadly paint Black community as less then and hold them all to a standard you’ve systematically beaten them into. It is with these brushes we only highlight racial, social and economical biases. After years of using a privilege many took, not earned. You’re livid when they say “No more. We matter. We are equal.” How can you justify your anger and not theirs? The message isn’t that all police are corrupt or morally ignorant, its that the systems are corrupt and morally ignorant. Black Lives Matter is not about putting black lives ahead of anyone else’s it’s about making them be seen as equal to everyone else’s. I heard someone break it down this week simply. I am going to steal their words here. All Lives don’t matter until Black Lives Matter.

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I want to be clear. I do not think all police are criminals. I do believe however there is something fundamentally broken in society. It needs fixing and everyone has a role to play. What has become increasingly clear to me these past few weeks is that the anger and anguish that has been boiling under the surface has reached its breaking point. There can be no going backwards there is also no standing still. We owe the lives lost more then that. We need to propel forward linked in arms with all our brothers and sisters until everyone is safe to sleep, to jog, and to breathe without fear.

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