I got up and checked my Facebook this morning. First thing I saw was an article about the CNN reporter and crew being arrested in Minneapolis. CNN reporter, Omar Jimenez along with his producer and photojournalist were arrested early this morning during a live report in Minneapolis.
Jimenez had his credentials on him. His fellow CNN reporter, Josh Campbell who was also on the scene reporting was told he was “okay and permitted to be in the area.” I’m appalled and saddened by the things I’m seeing in our country.
I cannot speak as anything other than what I am. I am a 50 year old Caucasian woman. I can’t walk in anyone else’s shoes. I can empathize and try to understand where another human being is coming from. To be perfectly honest, I knew prejudice still existed. But it was at one time easier to spot. The racists were loud and proud to spew their hatred. At least with skinheads or Neo-Nazis you could see them coming and knew who they were. I did naively think with not seeing or hearing much about these rallies of late that race relations was improving. I guess I was wrong.
It seems to me that many bigots are hiding in plain sight. They are quiet in the way that they are not out marching and leading hate rallies. But when they strike it is hard and it is devastating.
Now I feel that most people agree that George Floyd was murdered. It’s on video for all to see. He was subdued and there was absolutely no reason for what happened. None.
That being said, I admit I am seeing some things in a different light. One being, taking a knee during the National Anthem at sporting events by professional athletes. As a daughter of a retired military man who served over 20 years and a tour in Vietnam, I found it disrespectful. I understood it was within anyone’s rights that wanted to, to do so. I may not have agreed but I will fight for anyone’s right to freedom of thought, speech and expression. I understand what Kaepernick was trying to do now. He was leading a non-violent protest of injustice. A non-violent protest.
Look where we are today. The protesting has escalated into rioting and looting. Seems we have been here before. How many must die before we stand in solidarity against injustice? I do not condone the violence or looting. Do not take what I’m about to say as if I do. I want every Caucasian American to imagine what it is like to see injustices being perpetrated on your fellow man of color. I want you to imagine watching them for years, decades plus being murdered for no other reason than that they were black. I want you to imagine driving and getting lost only to end up in a dominantly white area and being pulled-over. I want you to imagine having to raise your children to be leery of law enforcement. I want you to imagine seeing all this and so much more and for it to be ignored for it to only happen time and time again. How angry would you be? At what point would you lash out? I guess we will never know.
It’s time we stand up and speak out! It’s time for our silence to be replaced with speaking up against injustice. It’s time for everyone. Everyone! We cannot allow this injustice to continue. We cannot forget George Floyd. Or all the ones who were killed at the hands of those we put our trust in to protect us. We must stand and see that justice is done.
In closing let me say, silence is deadly. It’s killing our own people. Ignoring what is happening does not make it go away. It keeps it going.