I’m about to do a rant! So if you expect this post to be about sex and male chastity/caging, move on to the next post. I don’t promise to be erudite nor to necessarily be “right” but I have to do this. You have been warned!
The video of George Floyd being murdered in front of the world hit me hard. I’m white. I’m male. I’m not physically disabled in any way. I have above normal intelligence (based on IQ tests) So I’m as privileged as it is possible to be! I grew up with an adopted brother and sister who are black. My father read an article that said black babies weren’t being picked for adoption and that the numbers were building up. My mother was warned never to have another “natural” baby as it would kill her. So we adopted a black baby boy. A few years later we adopted a mixed baby girl–though her features are definitely black. She’s beautiful in all ways–I want that made clear!
Before George, there was Ahmaud Arbery, a man shot down while jogging through his streets in broad daylight! Then there was Breonna Taylor. She and her boyfriend were sleeping on their bed when the Louisville police executed a no knock warrant. This means they broke into the house without warning. Awakened from their sleep, Breonna’s boyfriend grabbed his gun and fired in self defence. The police fired back and poor Breonna was hit with 8 bullets and killed.
All of these are terrible events. The worst part of it is that they are not rare situations. I have heard of so many similar events. Children of colour are being killed by police. Indigenous people are being killed by police. I see all these video clips and it bothers me. How can we fix this situation? What can we do to engender change?
There are protests all over the world! These are largely peaceful though there have been some issues. What has struck me is the violence perpetrated by the police forces! Unnecessary violence. Violence that seems to be done for no reason!
Police attacking journalists with batons, tear gas and rubber bullets! The journalists are only trying to do their jobs. In some cases they were hundreds of feet away from the action and yet they were still targeted by the police.
Police hitting people for no reason. A 75 year old man was shoved viciously to the ground in Buffalo for no apparent reason. The two officers involved were suspended and a whole garrison of cops quit the special division they were part of to protest the suspensions. Did they not see what these two did??
I believe that if we are not part of the solution then we are part of the problem. I want to be part of the solution. Now I try to deal with all people fairly and reasonably. I discourage jokes that are racist in nature and for the most part I no longer hear those types of things. I come down on people I work with who exhibit racist behaviours or speech. Frankly, this doesn’t happen too often either. But I feel the need to do more! I’ve been posting things on my vanilla Facebook account. A friend responded to one of my posts with a yelled “ALL LIVES MATTER!!” This really bothered me. She wasn’t getting the point of mine and others posts. So I phoned her and tried to explain. I used some analogies to explain the slogan “Black Lives Matter!” She got angrier and angrier with me. In the end I gave up before she hung up on me. I went to my post and deleted her comment as it offended and bothered me. She seemed unable to get it!
Do you get it?? Do you understand that if one house is burning we try and save that house. The other houses on the street are safe and don’t need the help at the moment. Black houses are burning now! All over the world these houses are burning. We need to put out the fires and fireproof them. The way to do this is by eliminating racism. This will have positive effects for the indigenous peoples of the world. It will have positive effects for anyone who is a minority and who experiences negativity because of their race!
Do all lives matter? Of course! But at the moment I as a white man don’t have to worry about jogging down my street! I don’t have to worry about cops breaking into my home and shooting me in the dead of night! I don’t have to worry about being murdered on video! Blacks and people of colour do have these worries and they are legitimate.
This is a rant. If I’m a little disjointed I apologize. Please be part of the solution and make the world a better place! If you are part of the problem and this post bothers you, then please stop following me.
The picture I used for this post was from Kortni Ellett Photography and I found it on Pinterest! I hope she’s ok with my using it, but I used it because it showed two people with different skin colour embracing and happy to be with each other. It showed love! And if everyone could do this with everyone else, wouldn’t we all be happier?