Updated: Jul 24, 2020
Hello and welcome to this glorious Friday, May 29, 2020! Today is a rare and precious day that will never come again. For George Floyd, it didn’t come at all.
I’m at a loss for words. One might think that if I were at a loss for words, this letter would stop right here. I’m not sure yet where I’m going with this, but I can’t not talk about this prejudiced - systemic - violence.
I have a recurring and convincing thought which suggests that I just turn off the news, do peacefully what’s in front of me, and ignore all this chaos. In many circumstances, this may be good advice. Regardless, I can’t sit idly by and do nothing. I was having a conversation with DC about this ongoing senseless violence and wondered: If George Floyd, or any other unfortunate victim, was my son, father, brother, cousin or even friend, would I sit idly by waiting for the pain to pass all the while hoping that “They” will fix the problem so that I could get on with my life? With confidence, No! Each time I read about a cruelty, my mind tries to convince me that I’m an ostrich and I should bury my head in the hot sand. I then recall the following quotes:
“The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.” John F. Kennedy
“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.” Albert Einstein
“I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Council-er or the Ku Klux Klan-er, but the white moderate who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice…” Martin Luther King, Jr.