I live in a suburb, right outside the city limits of Minneapolis, a city I love. Mr. UT and I visit he city often, walking around the lakes, going out to eat, going to plays, and shows. In fact, I often say I am from Minneapolis.
As you all probably know by now, Mr. George Floyd was murdered by the police here. I was very angry and upset at this murder, and send my love to Mr. Floyd’s family. It has been a hard, hard time for this area, as well as for communities all over the United States, as we face racism, and police brutality.
Then there was the rioting and arson, on a street close by the memorial, a street we drive on, where local businesses were burned and looted to the extent they cannot reopen.
Mr. UT and I went to the street memorial for Mr. Floyd. We went in the morning, and all races of people were there, and the mood at that time was hushed, quiet. As we paid our respects, I couldn’t help but cry.
We must change now. Our governor is proposing some good legislation, and the Minneapolis City Council is going to redo the police department.
Of course, this all runs deeper than the just the police. I always knew about institutionalized racism, but I have been reading and learning more about this. Mr. UT and I have been talking about the ways we see or hear racism, and although we don’t in our immediate circle, we know it’s there.
I keep coming back to what I can and can’t control. I can vote for the people who want to change these systems for the better. I can have hard discussions with my friends, talking about racism. I can continue to make kits with Naloxone, a drug that saves people from dying of an overdose, which is so needed in many communities right now. I can listen.
My anxiety was sky high for a while. I keep walking outside because it helps me cope with my intense emotions.
I was thinking the other day, as I was walking and taking nature photos, how mother nature has made the earth with a gorgeous array of colors, shapes and forms, each one of them are equal in the big picture of the beauty of the earth.
Why can we not see that in human beings?
With Sadness and Hope,
On Day 2107,