Who is David? How did he get to be? What influenced him to believe that Black Lives Matter? That working on Anti-Racism is important?
So yesterday I was out holding my sign. Like every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, my new connection David drove by. As he passed I yelled out "I have something for you". He took a break, stopped by, and I gave him a copy of my "raised fist" posting, and we talked about why I couldn't. … Continue reading A Raised Fist (Part 2)
I can't. I can't do it. I can't raise my fist. See, for me, a raised fist, it comes from The Black Panther Party and is a symbol of Black Power. When I'm out holding my, or signs, I have a lot: "I Can't Breathe #BLM""I Will Not Turn the Other Cheek #BLM""Police Matter. So … Continue reading A Raised Fist
(Yes, I stole the title from a movie, get over it - oh, and the movie? It is worth watching) I was listening to a story on NPR this morning. They talked to a man who said he wouldn't give his name because he "was afraid he would sound racist". Think about that. If he, … Continue reading Dear White People
For more than 150 years, first Negroes, then Blacks, then African Americans have been told the same thing: just wait, it will get better. The Massachusetts 54th, the first African American regiment, fought not just to end slavery, but also for the promise of a better life. Freed slaves were promised "40 acres and a … Continue reading I Will Not Turn the Other Cheek
I've been to protests where that was the chant: "The whole world is watching". But this time? That's not right. The whole world is joining. Paris. London. Cape Town. Hong Kong. Kolkata. Jerusalem. Berlin. Athens. Last night, in Bristol England, protestors tore down a statue of a slave trader and threw it in the river. … Continue reading The Whole World is Watching?
I posted the words below as an update on Facebook. As a preface, if I believed that any of you would be offended, well, I'm pretty sure you wouldn't be a subscriber! I live in Melrose, MA. Friday I stood out with a sign that said "I Can't Breathe #BLM". Today I held "Racism is … Continue reading An Update re: David
Today I listened to the President explain that all was good with the "reopening", that, of course, he was right. His evidence? That the number of reported new cases of COVID-19 is trending down. Except.... Economists look at statistics in one of three ways, leading, coincident, or trailing. Leading statistics tell us what is going … Continue reading Let the Gaslighting Begin
"May you live in interesting times" - Attributed as a Chinese Proverb Some also see it as a curse. Earlier today I was thinking that I'm looking forward to a day, hopefully in the near future, where the lead headlines in the newspapers and on news programs are not about COVID19. Then I realized that … Continue reading A Proverb? A Curse?
The link below is to the best overview of COVID19 that I've seen. It covers what it is, how it spreads, why soap works, how testing is done, and why social distancing matters so much. It's from the Yale School of Medicine. Watching it may be the most important 8 minutes you'll spend today. Thank … Continue reading COVID19: Real Facts