I am very angry.
I am angry for America.
Today marks a week since the murder of George Floyd. The autopsy came out today showing that he didn’t have any pre-existing conditions, and that he died from asphyxiation, as a direct result of the officer holding his knee on Floyd’s neck for over seven minutes.
I don’t know what to say to my Black friends. I don’t know what to say to my children. I don’t know what to do to bring about change.
It makes me sad that there are people who are taking advantage of the situation. They are violent. They are looting. They are agitating. The juxtaposition of those people to the peaceful protestors is tremendous.
I sit and watch coverage on MSNBC for hours each night. I just can’t believe what is being shown. People are exercising their First Amendment rights. Police officers are taking excessive measures, in some cases. In other cases, officers are taking a knee, walking with protestors, and standing in solidarity. I stalk Twitter to see what new information is being released about the protests that have been going on for the seven days/nights since George Floyd’s murder.
I spoke to a friend the other day. She is Black, of Haitian descent. Her oldest son was so upset by what’s been going on this week, that he openly wept the other day. I didn’t know what to say to her. What can I say?
I feel like whatever I say is wrong, or will be perceived as wrong. I tweeted the other day that while I don’t know what it’s like to be Black in America, I know what it’s like to be Jewish in America. I meant it as a sign of solidarity. It was insensitive of me to do that & I’ve deleted it. I clearly don’t get it. Please read this thread.
Not all White people are like this. I am not like this.
I am angry, and I am sorry.