I’ve been struggling this week to find the words to express how I feel about the murder of George Floyd, and the ensuing unrest in America. In the end, I decided it would be better to uplift someone else’s voice. This is from a lovely blogging friend of mine (and someone I hope to meet in person one day). ..
This is how my weekend went:
Friday, I was bombarded on social media by videos about George Floyd, protests and riots, and police brutality. Seeing all of it triggered personal trauma that I’ve experienced. I didn’t sleep much Friday night. All I felt was grief.
Saturday, my family went out, but I stayed home. I needed to be to myself. I recouped.
Sunday, I took a writer’s class. It empowered me to use my voice. It reminded me that my voice is important, and that I have something to contribute. It also reminded me to speak my truth; those that love me will still love me.
Now, I’m ready to speak.
Although I talk about the serious things going on in my life personally, I try to steer away from current events and not talk so much about racism. Unfortunately, keeping quiet is what is perpetuating racism. I haven’t experienced…
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Hang in there Helen. Lex and I live in Los Angeles County and we feel the same. Hopefully, real change will be enacted and voices heard. – Neek
Thank you 🙂 Just to be clear, though, these are not my words. I wanted to share Rachel’s blog because she is someone who knows what it’s like to be black in America, and I thought it important that her voice be heard. I hope you guys stay safe, and that, as you say, real change will be enacted as a result of this 🙂
Yes, I understood that when I read it. We live in Los Angeles Helen. Rachel does know what it is like to be black in America as well as Lex’s brother-in-law. It sucks. Change needs to happen, real change because lives depend on it. – Neek
🙂 Thank you – I thought you might do but wanted to be sure, thanks for understanding. I truly hope this leads to positive change – it’s long overdue, that’s for sure. Sending love your way x
Hugs back to you too!
What a mess.
The violence risks destroying progress made and justifying the hate by assorted groups.
Floyd was from here. March in memorial – to honor his name. You’d love the murals going up, George. Those you mentored will not forget
It’s so very sad, on so many levels. I truly hope this leads to widespread positive change within our society – god knows it is long overdue.
An excellent post. I’ve left my comment there, rather than here, Helen.
Thanks, Mick 🙂
Rachel seems like an AMAZING woman, I am following her too now, thanks for sharing her story Helen
She really is! And I’m so glad you’re following her now 🙂