This week on episode 75, Lin and I discuss the affect George Floyd’s murder had on us.
We both had an array of feelings; sadness, anger, disgust, worry and hurt. I was glued to the television, listening, trying to hear some kind of information that would help me understand what I witnessed on video, the MURDER of an unarmed, handcuffed, pleading for his life black man. It affected me so bad that I began to have dreams about riots, protests and being arrested. I couldn’t shake it. I had to force myself to take a break from the coverage. I needed a mental break. I needed that break in order to regain emotional balance.
Late Friday night (5/29/20) I saw a post about a protest, I Can’t Breathe South Carolina. It caught my attention enough so I read all of the information. I went to bed. I woke up early Saturday morning (5/30/20). Something was on me like a weight. It was heavy. I started to think I had to be a part of the rally/protest. I got up and started making preparations to attend. I really can explain or describe how I felt. I was eager and anxious. I honestly felt like I couldn’t breathe. One thing was for sure, I had to go!!
When I approached the State House ground my heart was full. It was a thing of beauty to see all my brothers and sisters; black, white, Asian, Hispanic, gay straight, trans, old, young democrats, republicans and independents. We were all there for one reason and one reason only. We wanted all of the racist, black people killing motherf*&^#$! to know, WE WERE DONE!!!….WE HAD ENOUGH!!! It felt good to be black. I was proud to be out there yelling “No Justice, No Seat” and “F#$% The Racist Police.”
Being a part of that wave of unity and love was life changing. I am motivated to do more and I will do more. I left there being even more PROUD to be BLACK. Peace and Love
#strategize #organize #mobilize
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