Sunday, May 31 (Day 81):
I'm hopeful that justice will finally be served for Breonna Taylor, killed by police in her own home in March. Those police officers have not yet been arrested. If you're interested in donating to the GoFundMe set up by her sister, please go here. If you'd like to take action, go to #JusticeForBreonna.
What you probably didn't see last week: Peaceful protests about the killings of George Floyd and other Black Americans.
That's right. Peaceful protests.
The main stream media mostly didn't show you those last week when they were showing images of riots and clashes with police and tear-gassed crowds.
Hundreds of people gathered peacefully in places like Washington, DC (from The Guardian):
Rochester, NY (from the Democrat and Chronicle):
And even Minneapolis, MN (photos from my cousin):
Not much social distancing going on in any of these protests, and I hope the virus doesn't come roaring back. It's still with us, people! Of course, "Racism is far more deadly than Covid." - Kunaal Hathi (on Facebook)
Monday June 1 (Day 82):
Then there was Trump's "photo op" in front of an Episcopal church near the White House (a church long considered the church of Presidents). Before he and his (all white) companions walked to the church, police moved in with pepper spray and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd, a crowd peacefully and lawfully protesting in the public park across the street. Using their first amendment rights! And it wasn't even 7 pm yet (the curfew).
A friend sent me these: Anti-racism resources for white people. Important stuff! All white people need to read this.
Thursday, June 4 (Day 85):
Very hot by the afternoon. The first really hot day this year.
Watched a Kidlit Rally for Black Lives (live Facebook event) sponsored by The Brown Bookshelf and SCBWI. Many kidlit authors spoke about the protests, about being anti-racist, and about what books by Black authors all children should read. Some of my favorite authors spoke. Jacqueline Woodson, Jason Reynolds, Kwame Alexander, and lots more. A lot of tough words. And a lot of love! Black Lives Matter because Black lives are the ones in danger.
Friday, June 5 (Day 86):
As of 12:01 am, my area of Pennsylvania entered the Yellow phase of the pandemic recovery. But I don't think it's over, by any means, so I'm still not going anywhere. My husband and I have agreed to continue staying home for now, at least until June 15th. That's the date we've picked to reassess the stats from our area to see if the virus is getting better or worse after so many gatherings in public places all over the country. Not just the protests, but all those people who insisted on going to the beach on Memorial Day weekend! Seems pretty selfish, doesn it?
Rainy day. Decided to bake Honey Oat bread. Turned out fine, but it tasted a little bitter. Still trying to figure out why. The recipe called for only 1/4 cup of honey and I suspect it should be more than that.
Finished reading LONG WAY DOWN by Jason Reynolds. What a powerful novel! Whew. If you've never read it, I highly recommend it. Don't want to give away the plot, but it takes place in a brief time, and mostly in an elevator going down to the lobby.
Saturday, June 6 (Day 87):
Beautiful day, sunny and warm. Started reading WE DREAM OF SPACE by Erin Entrada Kelly.
Took a long walk in the evening -- and surprised a deer crossing the road!
Seemed a fitting end to the day. I was amazed she didn't seem at all afraid of me.
COVID-19 World Stats as of June 6 (from WHO):
Confirmed cases: 6,750,521
Confirmed deaths: 395,779
US Stats as of June 6 (from the CDC):
Confirmed cases: 1,891,690
Confirmed deaths: 109,192
How was your week? Were you involved in any protests? Did you read anything interesting (a book or perhaps an article on how to be anti-racist)? Please share with us. Thank you!