Today I can’t walk.

Posted: June 1, 2020 in Monday walk
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Today I can’t do a Monday walk. My heart is broken, broken because of the violence: the violence of a death and the violence of burning and looting.

I believe George Floyd’s life mattered and his death was criminal.

I believe all lives matter.

I believe peaceful protest is a right and should be exercised.

I believe looting and burning is stealing and is wrong. It is not protesting.

I believe violence is not the answer and is divisive rather than healing.

I believe not all black men are criminals and not all police are racist.

I believe we need to be outraged at the number of black people killed weekly by other black people in cities such as Chicago as much as we are outraged by this killing and others like it.

I believe racism isn’t confined to one race or country.

I believe we can and must do better than this.

I hope I can believe that light will emerge from all the dark surrounding it.

for Jo’s Monday Walk

Comments
  1. Sue says:

    Yes, I agree with your sentiments, Janet

    • Difficult times, Sue. We have a curfew in Arizona for the next week and heard last night that there could be looting (I won’t dignify it by calling it protesting) at a nearby mall and other suburban malls. Haven’t heard if anything happened anywhere or not.

  2. pommepal says:

    We met so many friendly people when we travelled around America in 1991 and my heart aches for all the people caught up in this disintegration and burning of your beautiful country. Your post puts it into words that I totally agree with. Stay safe Janet

  3. ledrakenoir says:

    Guess rarely been more actually than now, these words from “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare – “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark (and the rest of the world too)” – so many awful behaviors. We humans are scratching the bottom of dignity. :-/

  4. Thank you. Very well said. We can’t walk or drive. We got a warning not to try to travel anywhere tomorrow because of violence here in the SF aBay Area.

    • A week of curfews here, too, Carol. We can be out during the day, but 8 pm to 5 am my understanding is no gathering in groups. Haven’t really looked at it yet, but we’re in by that time anyway.

  5. Su Leslie says:

    Beautifully said Janet

  6. I couldn’t agree more and that certainly makes me sad. After 9/11 the country came together. This virus has separated us and then this unnecessary taking of a life has gotten truly ugly and provided a cover for violence and greed. A comment above said it best – “We humans are scratching the bottom of dignity.”

  7. dweezer19 says:

    I believe this too.

  8. Dan Antion says:

    Maybe this time, we’ll start to fix the problems, Janet. This is too sad and too familiar.

    • What’s difficult is that these are the symptoms of the underlying problems, problems with roots in both white and black communities. They’re going to take hard work backed by the willingness to listen and try and if something doesn’t work, try again rather than blame. You have to help people, no matter their color, have skills and jobs and they also have to have–I’m not sure what to call it. “Morals” isn’t right, but standards that have to be lived up to by each individual and family and those can’t be legislated. In fact, what needs to change has very little to do with money.

  9. orna2013 says:

    I agree with all your sentiments. America seems to be badly broken right now and I hope things turn a corner soon. We are all watching sympathetically from Europe and feel your pain. Take care. x

  10. lolaWi says:

    beautiful sentiments, Janet. i am with you. 💔

  11. restlessjo says:

    How can any sane or humane person not agree, Janet? I understand from Nicole, who is close to the centre of this in Minnesota and actively involved in trying to feed those who are too terrified to go out, that there are activists simply trying to stir up trouble and inflame a volatile situation. Heart breaking is right!

    • Yes, that is happening in all the places. Many are trying to protest peacefully and as far as I could see, last night in Minnesota was peaceful. But many places the peaceful protests are getting highjacked and even without outside influences, people will often do something when part of a large group that they wouldn’t do alone or with a small group. It’s bad and only makes the divide greater rather than trying to fix it. I had someone I know on FB tell me that I couldn’t understand what black people are going through and even though I’m a good person, that makes me part of the problem. If we can’t treat those people not like us simply as people, we’re doomed. People with different experiences and problems, sure, but you don’t have to experience something to know that it’s wrong or work to change it.

  12. rugby843 says:

    I felt the same way for a few days, so sad. Today is better.

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  13. Lignum Draco says:

    It’s so sad to see what’s happening in your country, to humanity, to our world.

  14. I agree with your words Janet! It is so sad to see it happening over in USA. Here in SA we also endure a lot of rasism. Stay safe

  15. Heyjude says:

    I agree with your sentiments Janet. Racism can exist in all countries and colours. And there are bullies in all kinds of organisations. We just all need to stand up for injustice, in whatever form it takes. But rioting and throwing objects at policemen and women is not the solution.

    • I was trying to tell my husband last night that although I understand how difficult it is for the police right now (as much as I can understand not being a policeman), they have to whenever possible take the higher ground because everything now reflects on them: good, bad, justified or not. The older man that got pushed to the ground was a known agitator and got right up in the policeman’s face. But the best way and the most insulting to someone trying to agitate, would have been to ignore him and just walk around, leaving him to stew in his own juices and all those cameras empty of anti-law enforcement videos.

    • And rioting and looting are always about greed and destroying, not about protest or trying to change things. It’s stealing.

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