I’ve struggled with what to write for this week, and I don’t usually have any problem with figuring out what to post here. I sit down and the words come tumbling out.
But the issues facing us are gigantic, and they seem to overwhelm me. I fear that what I believe I need to say will offend some of you. But speak, I must.
Generally, I can find good in almost any situation and pride myself on being positive. These times present a challenge to both of those perspectives. In several of my books, I have a character saying something like, “Let’s look at the worst that can happen, then we can face it and move on with figuring out what to do.”
Well, that works pretty well for a character in a book, but because I’m a writer with an active imagination, when I look into the future what I see is terrifying. It almost shuts down my ability to function. It makes me feel helpless. Not a place I want to be. I’ve always wanted to feel competent to deal with whatever.
But let’s try looking at our current situation.
As I see it, we’re fighting a war on three fronts.
We’re fighting a pandemic, but not very well, as people rush to get back to “real life” and selfishly refuse to wear face masks that might help keep the virus at bay.
We’re beginning to face what “White Privilege” means and the cost that has taken on our black brothers and sisters. A Facebook post reminded me: “White privilege doesn’t mean your life hasn’t been hard, it means the color of your skin doesn’t make it harder.” If you have any doubt about what “White Privilege” means or how you profit from being white, please check out this link. I’m grateful to the author for posting it. I’ve shared it on FB twice and once before here on the blog.
Third and perhaps the scariest is that the person in the White House is doing his darndest to overthrow normal government processes and procedures, ignoring some laws, and twisting others to suit his goal. I hate to write this, but I believe his goal is to remain in office forever. He believes he’s a dictator, like all those he admires. I’m worried that when he loses the election (and, God, please let that be the result of the election), he will refuse to leave office. After the November election, he’s in office until January 20, 2021. What happens during those almost three months?
During this racial crisis, the president shows no empathy for what George Floyd suffered or his family or black people in our country. He’s never shown one iota of empathy for anyone, choosing to throw paper towel rolls in Puerto Rico as if he were a barker at a fair.
Some signs give us hope. Police officers in several parts of our country taking the knee with the protestors. The protestors peacefully protesting. Church and community leaders speaking out and demanding justice.
The title for this post “Our Troubles” came from the conflict in Northern Ireland called “The Troubles,” which lasted from the late 1960s until 1998. Many people died and were injured in bombings. At the time, I remember thinking, they will never be able to reach any kind of peace. And yet, the did. Their conflict centered on discrimination, too.
The resolution of the Irish conflict gives me comfort, and I pray we can grow to a time when our country truly welcomes all, provides justice for all, and helps all to achieve their fullest potential.
I don’t have much of a platform, but I do have one, and I feel obligated to use it.
I hope you are staying in and wearing a mask when you go out. Please be safe. Love to hear from you.