Seeking peace amid pandemics and protests, June 03, 2020 Gratiana  Lovelace (Post #1300)

 

As with many of us, I have been stunned beyond belief with even more killings of African Americans at the hands of the police in recent weeks—such as George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others–and the peaceful and other not so peaceful protests that have followed.

My city has also witnessed—and been subjected to– both  the peaceful coming together of our citizens to plead for social justice, as well as, violence and looting that have damaged stores across our community.

I feel and share the protestors outrage at the violence and death that continues to be directed at our fellow African American citizens.  But more violence is not the answer.

And I hope that the more peaceful protests will win out—and that initiating real institutional/structural change will make all citizens safe from their government’s lawless actions.

Perhaps the COVID 19 pandemic with us isolating/sheltering at home when possible, wondering about our own futures—our lives and our livelihoods—has made us complacent about the safety of others, when we are trying so hard to keep ourselves safe from illness and death.

But the pandemic  shouldn’t isolate us against our own humanity.  Our families, friends, and neighbors, etc.—and their well-being and their futures—are and should be just as important to us as our own in our communities and in our society.

And now is the time for us to speak up and to speak out again and often  about promoting social justice for everyone.  Whether our support for social justice is in our caring words,  our caring actions in participating in community groups advocating for change and transformation, or our financially supporting existing organizations like the Black Lives Matter movement and others.   Let us each do something positive and constructive.

So in a spirit of promoting a better world for ourselves and our neighbors, let us  lend our voices, our talents, our pennies, and our other support for social justice with hope and love and kindness for a better safe and more peaceful tomorrow, for everyone.

About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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7 Responses to Seeking peace amid pandemics and protests, June 03, 2020 Gratiana  Lovelace (Post #1300)

  1. June 03, 2020–And former President Barack Obama shares his thoughts:

    Thanks to PBS for the video; for more, visit: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/watch-live-former-president-obama-holds-virtual-town-hall-on-policing-and-civil-unrest

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  2. Esther says:

    Thanks for that Obama video. It’s such a relief to hear someone speaking who sounds sane and smart.

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    • Dear Esther, You’re most welcome! It was an inspiring video! And I miss him as our President–such steady, resolute, and transformative leadership as President Obama gave us is what we need in these troubling times. Thanks also again for your starring my post! Hugs & Cheers! Grati ;->

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  3. June 04, 2020–Thanks for voting/starring my SAL blog post #1300! I’m glad that you liked it! Cheers! Grati

    Esther & charlesburkes

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  4. June 05, 2020–Way to go DC Mayor Muriel Bowser!

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  5. June 06, 2020–The PBS Newshour shared an indepth hour long documentary on race in America that I viewed this afternoon. It is a wonderful primer of and for understanding and sharing the outrage displayed in the peaceful protests against the killing of George Floyd and so many others. Here is that link:

    https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/race-matters-america-in-crisis-a-pbs-newshour-special

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