I have been a terrible blogger this year. I wanted to do an end of year blog, rather than wait until the New Year and say I’m going to be better. I’ve got to be honest…I won’t. I wanted this blog to be about what a great year this has been at the gym. And it has. But I’m going to save that for another time.
Right now I am just sad. Hearing of the senseless killing of two police officers in New York City has prompted me to say what is on my mind. I see many opinions on Facebook and other media and I have been quiet. Because really, what does my opinion matter? Also, because in my mind, there is no ‘side’ to be on.
Aside from being so sad that two men, who made a choice to serve, have lost their lives, and being so sad for this tremendous loss to their families and friends, I am sad for us as a country.
There is just so much hate. Hate on both sides. This has shocked me. Apparently this hate has been set aside and buried, but never really went away. Hate as it was in 1950s and 60s. Why would we resort back to that? Can we ever just look at a situation at face value and not see black and white? Can we see people and not Police Officers? Can we understand there is good and evil in every single race, ethnicity, and gender?
Where is this going? I heard someone say there is more racial intolerance right now than intolerance for gays. I’m happy we have progressed in both areas but are people just suppressing that as well? Do we allow our opinions to be dictated by what is or isn’t popular in mainstream media and never address what is in our hearts? This frightens me. I thought we, as a country, were better than that.
Maybe I’m just being simplistic. I understand this is complicated. But is it? Let’s do the right thing. We need to begin to look at people deeply, see who they are before we judge. We need to understand that not everything we read in the media is true. That the truth is often stretched and manipulated to serve a selfish purpose. Ask questions, express empathy, look beyond the story.
I remember when my kids read To Kill a Mockingbird as required reading in school, and how shocked and appalled they were at how it ‘used to be’. Now they are seeing some of this first hand. I am reading Freedom Summer, the story of college students volunteering to travel south to help black citizens realize their right to vote, to make change. Everyone should read it. To remember how it used to be. Not to perpetuate it, but to remember. But then let it go. Because it isn’t that way now. And we can’t go backwards.
Our Police Officers deserve our support and respect. They have an incredibly tough job. They deal with criminal elements on a daily basis. Yet they find a way to do so much good. We understand there are good and bad elements, even on the police force. So let’s always be determined to know the truth. Ask question and don’t accept the fast answers. Dig deep. We must guard our hearts against the hate and move forward.
Just my opinion, for what it’s worth.