· george floyd,covid 19,lack of humanity,consequences,frustration
Originally posted on 5/29/20 on my other blog.
Honestly, I don't want to type words.
At this point, they mean nothing.
We as a country (US), are in the midst of a verifiable pandemic illness and simultaneously are reliving every race-driven atrocity. Why? Because we don't learn or maybe we're too lazy or maybe we believe things that any thinking human being would question or want to research further.
At this point let's just move to natural selection; because I have no other ideas.
Regarding the spread of illnesses, the basic fundamentals are that if you make the choice to risk your health and the health of others, I welcome you to deal with the consequences of the risk...good or bad. If you have made the decision to exercise your rights to not protect yourselves or others based on common human decency and the golden rule of do unto others as you would have done to you, you should have to bear the full weight of whatever happens to you (medical expenses, potential lawsuits from others who've been affected by your negligence, etc.). We have the freedom to choose, we also have the responsibility to deal with the consequences of those choice.
I know this puts other people at danger and I'm very sorry for that. It's the consequences of free society. I accept that and know the risks. So I protect myself, I do what I have to do on my side of the equation. I'm terrified for the most vulnerable among us. So I'm going to do what I can to protect them when I go outside. All that's been asked is if you do go out, please be mindful of distance, wash your hands and wear a face covering. That's it. It didn't say pay $1000 for stepping outside your door, it didn't say you'll be arrested if you don't abide, but if you give one flipping care for your fellow human beings why not just help the situation by doing what seems sensible and human?
And for the people who seem to not understand yet, same rules apply for anyone who knowingly takes another's life regarding consequences. Oh and making phone calls because you're "scared" and each time you just happen to be "scared" of people of a certain race or gender well that comes with consequences too. If you act a fool, which includes looting (I accept that rioting will happen because America was founded on revolt, and while I understand the why behind the looting it's still not okay), you're going to have to pay the consequences of those choices as well. I'm not saying it's all okay....I'm saying it's a consequence of our ongoing lack of change.
Change is NOT pretty. It's messy as hell. That's part of the process.
I am outraged for the ongoing use of excessive force towards men and women of color in this country. Whether that be native Americans as we so brutally started out our journey on this land, to the importing of humans for sale and use as slave labor. Regardless of when this horrific tendency towards other humans began, this is not how you treat other human beings. These are precedents started centuries ago, that still get perpetuated on some level today and we don't want to think about it because it's too awful to consider. Yes...it is awful. It's awful and understanding how awful it has been is meant to keep you from doing it again. And again. And again.
With the death of George Floyd, caught on camera my generation (X) is reminded of another situation that happened almost 30 years ago let alone last year and the year before. Taped evidence of police brutality and excessive force. I'll never ever understand how you acquit people when you have videotaped proof??? Rodney King's fate has never changed in the almost 30 years since it happened. This is not progress. This is ongoing systemic racism that perpetuates and it has to end.
We have to demand more of our system, we have to elect more people of color. We have to have a system that resembles our diversity. Just sitting here and shaking our heads doesn't change anything...shake the system UP.
I know so many police officers who would never ever consider this level of force. I know so many police officers who would have intervened and stopped this. I know police officers who would call this level of deplorable behavior out and push for certain people to get fired. So why do we allow this to keep happening in parts of the country? Where are the consequences??
I know you may not agree with me on either point, or both for that matter. I know you may want to come for me for any reason, please know I'm just giving you basics of consequence and cause and effect. Look, same rules apply for me. I'm fat. I don't blame anyone for ME being fat. I have made choices in my life and I realize that I have to bear the burden of these choices. Regardless if some of it is hereditary, I do realize that I have made decisions that don't help my case.
In the end, you choose, you have to deal with the consequences of your choice.
I'm just tired of seeing so much lack of disregard for our fellow man. Mind you, in a free society, you have the right to disregard your fellow man, but by god I want you to pay for that disregard however that consequence reveals itself.