I haven’t been posting much recently.
Things get in the way – life, travel, work, a stupid head cold that leads to vertigo (Tip: If anyone ever asks you whether you’d like extra fluid placed in your ear tubes, so that your head spins like you’re on a daredevil carnival ride and your stomach turns inside out with nausea, your answer should be unequivocally “no.”)
And then life keeps happening and you can no longer NOT post.
I suspect the second half of the “2010’s” will one day be compared to the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s. Social unrest, police violence against our Black brothers and sisters, protest, anger, landmark Supreme Court decisions…we have it all, baby.
And now we even have targeted killings of police officers.
Can I condone the deliberate shooting of police? Of course not. Not only is the Dallas shooting barbaric, it sets back the wholly legitimate “Black Lives Matter” cause immeasurably.
Can I understand the anger and pain that led to the Dallas shooting? Absolutely. Centuries of being forced to live as second-class citizens (or not citizens at all), through both legal and societal discrimination, will be forced to come out somewhere. White people, who hold all the cards, continue to ignore and perpetuate institutional subjugation. It’s a recipe for disaster.
In general, Facebook memes just piss me off. But one I saw last night really spoke to me: “If you think discrimination against our black brothers and sisters isn’t real, you’re white.”
Change must come. Whether it’s peaceful and loving change or deadly and violent change? That’s up to us.
I choose to stand on the side of peace and love.