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The Riots of 2020 vs The Good in People

If anyone told me all the events that happened in 2020 would happen, I wouldn’t have believed them.  The stay at home orders to help fight against the COVID pandemic.  Then the tragic death of an African American to a racist cop was unthinkable.  
The protests that followed were to be expected.  What wasn’t expected was the violence and looting that happened during those protests.  At most of these riots, the instigators and looters were out of state at the riot sites.  Who took advantage of a troubling time.  Who wanted to smear the names of the protesters, to stir angst against the people who were protesting peacefully.
It is strange that the city I live in is under curfew.
Intolerance has grown in this nation for the last five to ten years.  I wsa a afraid to live in this country for a while.  I still am.  I may not be African American, but I’m still a minority.  I thought many times that it would be a good idea to move to Canada.  That it would be safer.  But I’m still here.
I think, over the weekend, I saw more good in people.  People appalled that a cop would murder someone, an African American in front of a crowd.  The cop who did it, shouldn’t have been on the force to begin with.  With his record.  Most people aren’t happy with the actions of the cops involved.  Most people aren’t happy with how the president is running things.  Most people want to do the right thing.  We may not agree with what we believe is right, but we want to do the right thing.  So that is where it needs to start.  People wanting to do the right thing.
Black lives matter.  They need to have the same rights, the same privileges as everyone else.  We cannot go back to African Americans or minorities for that matter being worth 2/5’s of a white person.  I wish we could go back to 2000, before the xenophobia started to run riot.  But we can’t.  And who is to say the racism wasn’t there before.  I want to say there is good in people.  People are mostly good and we need to embrace that and then do what’s right.

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