What a week. I’ll take you through two pivotal moments in a contrast of two vastly different situations where 8 and a half minutes changed things drastically. There’s a huge dichotomy.
It took 8 and a half minutes
to get into space yesterday. SpaceX’s Demo-2 mission successfully launched
its first crewed mission for NASA from American soil. The spirit of exploration lives on.
For 8 and a half minutes, a Minneapolis police officer knelt on an unarmed George Floyd’s neck, ignoring his pleas. It’s murder and it’s deeply unsettling.
There’s something inherently wrong with society, and to stay silent is to be complicit. Obama reminds us
that we have to remember that “for millions of Americans, being treated differently on account of race is tragically, painfully, maddeningly ‘normal’”, but it really shouldn’t be.
Black lives matter, and it’s not just something we say. We have to actively lift minorities up - promote them and stand up against those who seek to put them down.
Things have escalated in the US with multiple protests against police brutality. People are angry. People are confused. The US National Guard is being brought in
while the police strikes out at peaceful civilians.
I know many of my friends are feeling frustrated and hopeless at the situation. May I suggest an alternative? Think of how you can be a light and contribute to a change the world so desperately needs. Find ways amplify the voices of unseen others in your community. Find ways to support those who need it.