From Shannon in Florida: Finding a new Perspective on “Why”

Well another week has passed and Covid-19 still hasn’t caught the hint that nobody likes it. This virus is like people that drop by, and then hang around, somehow end up having dinner, and then won’t get the hint despite all the yawning and “oh man it’s getting late”. If you’ve been in that situation you know what I mean, and if you haven’t, then you’ve been that guest that overstays their welcome. 

All jokes aside, not much has changed in the past week. Protests are still going, Atlanta is on fire because police officers shot and killed Rayshard Brooks in a Wendys parking lot after he resisted arrest and started running away from cops.  The Wendys since has gone up in flames, the mayor has asked for the officer to be terminated, and it’s only added fuel to the fire. 8 officers in Atlanta have resigned since the events transpired. The sad thing to consider is this isn’t coincidence that another black  man we unnecessarily killed, but rather we are hearing about it now vs. before we were not. In Oklahoma two black teenagers (~13 years old) were arrested for “Jaywalking”, on a street where there was no sidewalk. It showed yet again the targeting of black males in America. 

Say what you will about how people are becoming too dependent on phones, but these phones have allowed for continuous documentation of what is happening. They are providing evidence about how events happen, avoiding this “he said she said” that can stand in the way of justice. 

One of my friends posted a insightful quote on social media last week:

What is 2020 isn’t cancelled? What if 2020 is the year we’ve been waiting for?A year so uncomfortable, so painful, so scary, so raw –  that it finally forces us to grow. A year that screams so loud, finally awakening us from our ignorant slumber. A year we finally accept the need for change. Declare change. Work for change. Become the change. A year we finally band together, instead of pushing each other further apart. 2020 isn’t cancelled, but rather the most important year of them all. 

Leslie Dwight

Maybe if we can all change our perspective to see the importance of this, we can grow together and become better. 

PS. happy pride month to all, and congratulations on the Supreme Court finally ruling LGBTQ workers to be protected from job discrimination! Finally a glimmer of hope almost the virus ridden fires. 

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