The death of George Floyd marked a national crisis inside a pandemic. While I've been working on figuring out life with COVID-19, the events in Minneapolis have made me rethink my values and actions.
George Floyd's unnecessary death is not the first of its kind. This tragedy has shined a light on our country's history of violence against people of color.
As people of all colors have raised their voices in protest, I've been realizing how little I know of the discrimination and suffering that impacts minority communities. Honestly, I'm embarrassed and ashamed that I've spent so much time thinking that injustice against other communities is not my problem.
So I've been learning, listening, and looking in the mirror. I've been absorbing podcasts, exploring the works of black artists, and investigating my own implicit bias.
It's been a few weeks since George Floyd was killed, and the protests have calmed down. Even social media conversations have drifted back to "normal." Though it can be easy to forget, I'm doing my best to make some lasting changes in my life.
What are your favorite ways to get involved? Do you have a favorite cause or charity? I would love to hear how you speak out and lend a hand.
Above all, my friend, be safe, be kind, and don't be afraid to question your beliefs. We are only free when we're all free.