I wrote this blog about two weeks ago, during the height of the rioting/protesting that was going on around the country. Will my blog change what’s happening out there? No. I don’t think there is anything one can say right now that’ll bring an end to the anger/hate that so many people are feeling.
I still remember the riots in LA after the Rodney King verdict came down. In 1992 we didn’t have cell phone cameras or social media. We relied on the networks to show us what was going down. Rodney King made a once in a lifetime statement that we all remember, “can’t we all just get along?”
Unfortunately, we no longer have George Floyd with us to have him make a historic statement. We only have the memories of that awful video. He will be remembered in our history books, and I hope it’s as a good thing. Something that leads to a change and not for the riots of 2020.
These riots/looting couldn’t have come at a worse time. Here we are still battling a once in a lifetime pandemic that forced most of us to stay home for months. Where it looked like we were finally beating the virus, now who knows, will this make things worse?
Right now this country needs a leader. Someone that will stand up and take command of the situation. It could be Trump, Biden, Zuckerberg, anyone. They need to be able to reach out to every citizen of this country. Forget party lines, forget what nationality, race, sexual orientation, etc. for a minute. Speak to everyone as Americans. This is the greatest country on earth and we can’t sit back and destroy it.
So many great people have led this country in troubled times. Do you think for a minute this is something that makes our founding fathers happy or Dr. King happy? Many of the great leaders in our country gave their lives for us.
We live in a 14-day world. We care about a subject for two weeks and after that, we try to sweep it under the rug and move onto the next subject. The events over the past month cannot be ignored. They must be faced immediately.
We try to explain the events that are happening to our young children. My children understand why they are not going to school and why they cannot play on the playground. But explaining hate, rioting, and protesting is whole other ball game. Try explaining to a three-year-old that some people don’t like other people by the color of their skin. They are simply going to ask “why?” There really shouldn’t be that question or answer.
My wife takes Cameron to a lot of her walks and protests. We want him to understand the fights that people of all different races, sexes, and sexual orientations have to go through.
I believe that if you watch sports how could you be a racist? I mean who the fuck do you root for in a football game, the punter? Sports and entertainment give us the opportunity to teach us to love all people because of every race, sexual orientation. More tv shows and movies should be more diverse.
I work with a very diverse customer base. The only clients I do not like are Boston sports fans. In so many professions people work with many different kinds of humans.
Right there are two examples. Let’s start there and see where it can take us.
Native New Yorker, now living in Connecticut. Husband, and father of two amazing boys. Kidney transplant recipient, and a big supporter of organ donation #donatelife. Mortgage banker, but not by choice. In my free time, I enjoy golf, reading (especially presidential biographies), and finding that hole in the wall restaurant that has great food.