20/20 Vision

20/20 is perfect vision. Will 2020 be the year we see with perfect vision the imperfect world we live in…and fix it? Instead of being the worst year in most of our memories (covid confinement, unemployment, weather, protests); could this be the most important year?

I am heartened to see the numbers of protesters. 
I am heartened that the protests have continued. 
I am heartened that white people are marching too.
I am heartened that worldwide people march with us.

None of this would have happened if a very brave teenage girl hadn’t stood near the police and recorded them. None of this would have happened if the world hadn’t seen the casualness in which a cop crushed a man’s neck for nearly nine minutes.. Is crushed the right word? Yes. Putting your full weight on a person’s throat is “crushing”. It’s murder. It’s murder. It’s blatant arrogant murder over a bad $20 bill. Murder.

Statues honoring men who fought to keep slavery intact are coming down. Military bases named for such men will be renamed, but probably not until the racist-in-chief is booted.

Will things change? Will my neighbors have confidence when fifteen-year-old Zavier goes running that he’ll come safely home? Zavier is a sweet, tall boy who came over to shovel our driveway on a nasty winter day. Can I stop worrying about these specific boys: Dante, Zavier and Janet’s sons Michael and Rhyan. We live in a quiet suburban neighborhood, and yet because of the color of their skin, these boys are always at risk.

Some people like to say, “All Lives Matter.” They’re right. All lives do matter. But Black lives haven’t mattered, and that’s the problem. That’s the issue. If Black lives mattered, it wouldn’t be necessary to have video proof of violence.

Declaration of Independence
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Our slave-owning forefathers designated our country as a place with LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. They didn’t intend (it surely never crossed their minds) that their words included black men (or women or indigenous people)…but I do.

We do.

My evidence: just look at the marchers: 76% of Americans agree with the protesters.

2020 will be a year we opened our eyes. 
2020 will be a year we opened our hearts.
2020 will be a most important year in our lives.

There’s Goodness Here

It’s heavy duty pollen season. The allergist’s waiting room is jam packed with people: black people, brown people, and white people. We’re probably an assortment of Muslims, Jews, Baptists, Catholics, Atheists, Agnostics and Buddhists, etc…I can’t tell by looking.

There’s a woman wearing a purple and lavender patterned sari. When her name is called she stands, and a woman sitting nearby says, “Beautiful purple color.” Then a pale, frail elderly man says, “Yes, very beautiful.” The woman in the sari smiles.

There’s goodness here.

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