Neil and I tried to avoid this topic, but every time we sat down to discuss anything, we kept reverting back to the events that are going on in our world.
As I mentioned, I have been struggling lately, and a part of the reason stems from the video of George Floyd. And before you start shouting other names at me, trust me, I have full knowledge of police brutality towards other black people. I am fully aware that there are many un-hashtagged names out there, but this isn’t about that. This is about a man who knelt on another man’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds!! Have you seen Dave Chappelle’s video of the same title? I will be dropping the link below, do yourself a favor and watch it!
I believe the video of what happened to George Floyd traumatized me. I have always been one to believe that EVERYONE has some good in them, somewhere. I mean, even Lucifer was once an angel. But it’s hard to find the good in a man who would kill another man while he is calling out to his dead mother, gasping that he can’t breathe. It’s hard to look in that man’s eyes and see him smile as he’s literally cutting off another man’s air supply, and see the good.
This episode touches on the Black Lives Matter movement, and why it’s insensitive to say “All Lives Matter.” Of course, all lives matter, but you are missing the point! All lives cannot matter until black lives do, and you cannot dispute the fact that black people have been seen as non-human, and it’s pathetic, and there’s no excuse. I don’t care about heritage, unlearn it! Ignorance is no longer an excuse, I cannot blame you for what you do not understand, but I can blame you for not educating yourself! There is nothing to be ashamed of. I will admit that I didn’t know what Junteenth was until this year, and I blame the system (as you will learn if you listen to the podcast,) because I should have been taught about that in school. Why wasn’t I? But again, I am an adult, it is my responsibility to learn what I don’t understand, and so I did, and I will continue to do so, so that I can stand with the minority. In the words of Billie Joe Armstrong “Don’t wanna be an American idiot.”
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