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Delay the Blame

“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”  —LC

Leonard Cohen was right. But maybe that’s how the truth sneaks in as well. In an age of finger-pointing panic, saddling innocent necks with a concocted albatross feels like an exercise in sweaty futility.

Punching someone else in the mouth to alleviate your own toothache is psychotically pointless, and we are witnessing a disturbing cycle of dangerously misplaced condemnations in the form of false attributions.

Clean hands are too often tarnished and soiled by the stream of mud and muck spewed from the mouths of rabid believers desperate for vengeance. Idiots search for scapegoats in a world that has turned its back on their illogical ignorance, and they’re running out of easy targets.

Unforgivable violence as an outlet for the bottled frustration, isolation, and loss that have permeated the population is not going to stop the spread, clear the lungs, or bring back the dead. Sidewalk assaults, venomous threats, and racial slurs only fuel internal fires. So maybe it’s time to spin that mirror and explore some page-turning solutions—as opposed to bullet-spitting blame without scientific proof or justification.

The sneaky little secret that no one likes to share is that it’s not about race. It’s about disgusting food manufacturing and the ugly, unquenchable consumption of innocent, sentient beings. As long as we continue the barbaric practice of wet markets and turn a blind eye to the perilous commingling of humans and animals, we are at constant risk of viral outbreaks.

That’s a much longer discussion, best suited for another post.

But if we don’t take a drastic collective turn as a people and a planet, I recommend we start seeing this pandemic as simply one in a line, not one in a million. 

Adolescence Interrupted

Tracking the Footprints

As a white American male, perhaps I am the least likely disseminator of racially sensitive information. But we are all sick of the suffering, tired of the mistreatment, and finished with forgiveness.

Enough is beyond enough.

Destruction of property, acts of violence, arson, or vigilante intimidation tactics should never take the place of peaceful protests. But there are moments in history when lasting change was not brought about by signs and songs.

It was demanded with muskets and malice.

We are watching the very first steps of a revolution waiting in the wings, primed for a spark. The tea kettle has long been whispering for attention, and now it’s boiling over.

But I am merely an ally and proponent for justice. The final word rightly belongs to the innocent men whose lives were disgustingly, vindictively extinguished without reason, justification, or rationale by heartless, racist cowards.

“Why do you have your guns out?”  —Kenneth Chamberlain, 66

“What are you following me for?”  —Trayvon Martin, 16

“I didn’t even do nothing.”  —Samuel DuBose, 43

“Shoot me now. Kill me now.”  —Kajieme Powell, 25

“I love you too.”  —Sean Bell, 23

“It’s not real.”  —John Crawford, 22

“Why did you shoot me?”  —Kendrec McDade, 19

“Mom, I’m going to college.”  —Amadou Diallo, 23

“I don’t have a gun. Stop shooting.”  —Michael Brown, 18

“Please don’t let me die.”  —Kimani Gray, 16

“You shot me. You shot me!”  —Oscar Grant, 22

“I can’t breathe.”  —Eric Garner, 43

“Mama!”  —George Floyd, 46

Adolescence Interrupted