Maybe it’s too many days of staying home. Maybe it’s not being able to spend time with friends and family. Maybe it’s not doing the things that are part of my daily routine. Maybe it’s the planned trips we have cancelled. All of these things likely contribute to the tears flowing this morning, but there’s more.
Every morning I begin the day reading the news. Today was no exception. It’s a continuing story of the increasing death toll associated with the coronavirus, people losing jobs, businesses closing because of lost revenues, the refusal of some people to wear a mask, the failure of our president to lead in time of crisis. Finally is the straw that has broken the camel’s back, the senseless brutal murder of a man of color. The consequences of that act are deplorable.
Throughout my life I’ve been aware of the challenges for African Americans. While there have been changes that allow them more opportunity, there still remains the fact that these folks suffer from injustice. Why? Why can’t we as people learn to respect one another, not to be suspicious of a person of color, live together in peace?
What is happening now does nothing to improve the situation. Destroying property, looting is not going to make life better for anyone. Nor is the president’s continuing verbiage that incites some of the violence. As a united people, we must stand up and say loudly ENOUGH and begin the process of solving the problems we all know exist.
I care about this not only because I want this country I love to be safe harbor for all who choose to live here but because I have an African American son in law and three precious mixed race grandsons. More than anything I want them to be safe, to live in a world where they are accepted and have equal opportunity, to not be afraid.
With all these thoughts rolling around in my head, is it any wonder I can’t stop the tears. I reach out to all of you to be part of the solution to problems we face, to wear your mask in consideration of others, to help where you can and to have faith that there is light ahead. Take good care.