Today in My History
4 June 2020
From David Gerrold: It's time to let Facebook and Twitter know that they have a responsibility to be part of the solution, not part of the problem. It's time to stop being a bully's pulpit.
(This does not mean no Funny the World, of course!)
In speaking to her high school graduating class, Megan Markle spoke of George Floyd's murder. She said what I think many of us think about speaking about the murder and the injustice that is now being demonstrated against.
That's how I felt yesterday. I sat down to write my entry and I was going to write about Brianna's graduation but realized the importance for me to speak out about George Floyd's murder, but wanted to say "the right thing." And then I realized that whether it was "the right thing" or not, I wanted to go on record with my feelings at this time.
My cell phone makes me angry. It shows me headlines and if I follow them and read an interesting article, I can never find the article again, so the article I most wanted to re-read before writing this is one I can't find again. A young woman of mixed race was talking about Floyd's death and about how the one person she could not discuss it with was her mother. Her mother was white, her father was black and while her mother was as appropriately angry about Floyd's death as most of the rest of us white people, she could not understand it on the level that her daughter could.
The daughter went on to discuss how her first reaction was not only anger, but fear, because she understood what it's like to be a black person dealing with white police officers. Not all of them, of course, but her first reaction was fear because of her experiences throughout her life of being rejected, having people yell at her, being harassed for no other reason than that she is black.
It's something we can't understand if we are white. We can understand it intellectually, and maybe have experienced some of the same things, but if this has been your life all of your life, you respond differently.
Blair Underwood this morning was discussing the protests and how encouraged he feels by what is going on this time because of the diversity of the people involved. This is not black people protesting the murder of a black man. This is millions of people of all races in many countries (I learned from my new pen pal last night that there was a demonstration in Helsinki yesterday) who are mostly all protesting peacefully about not only the murder of George Floyd, but about the experience of African American people.
What will come of these demonstrations? I don't know, but if nothing else, there are a lot of us who are learning even more about the experience of growing up black in this country, who might make a difference in our own communities.
And once again, I have written
something that doesn't really express what I want to because I can't find "the
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