Today is #BlackOutTuesday. Today is a day to show support and solidarity with those protesting the murder of George Floyd. What happened on May 25th is horrifying. The video is awful, and gives me the chills just to think about it. For the first time in my life, I truly believe I witnessed a murder, along with millions of others from the comfort of our phones.
I don't believe in treating others different because of the color of their skin. I don't believe in treating others differently because of how & where they were brought into this world. Some things we can't control. However, there are things I can control. It's not enough to say I'm sorry. I must understand and appreciate how others feel and what their experiences are. Being a leader of change is important. Being a change agent is necessary.
It's important to understand that not all cops are bad. I know many of them, and could never see them doing what Derek Chauvin did. Do I think cops feel like they are untouchable? Yes, I've experienced it myself. I've also experienced some police officers who go above and beyond to be helpful. I like to think they are the rule and not the exception. It's also important to draw a distinction between protesters and looters. Two very different groups. Those protesting want to prove a point and have their voices heard. Looters are just opportunists looking to destroy and prosper. Protesters distance themselves from that, they are working hard for a cause, not to take from other hard working people.
My hope is that change does happen. Change is good when it's for a good reason. As the world changes, we must change with it. Simply doing nothing isn't really an option.
Be kind to one another, respect everyone's viewpoints and experiences. We do have something to learn from others. Peace is much more enjoyable with others, and we all deserve to live the best life we can.