Born in the Tundra of Minnesota, I have since become a bit of a Gypsy. Currently calling home base the hot sands of Arizona, I do still travel often. Whether the journey is a physical one, or one taken by reading a fantastic book it doesn't matter, the fun is always in the adventure. As always I am an eclectic person that likes a wide array of things and has many passions. Creating, advocating for animals and Mothering just to name a few.

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I won’t go into a big to do about how bad I have been about this blog. Honestly, I struggled with a bit on whether I would keep this one or not. What I could turn it to and so on, and then a great deal of upheaval happened at the end of 2019 for me and well then 2020 happened to all of us. Oh my, 2020.

Covid-19 has been a scary time. I never thought I would see a time where not only America but the whole world would have to be put on lock down. Although even scarier than that I think perhaps is the people who don’t understand why. People shouting about having to wear a mask, or how they can’t get their hair done. Really? As of today over 107,000 Americans have died. The highest death toll in the world, but yes it is so wrong you can’t get your hair done. Oi vey.

Yet the event that has set the world on fire (rightly so), is the Murder of George Floyd by 4 police officers in my home state of Minnesota. I watched the video. I sobbed, I wanted to turn away but I also felt it would be wrong to look away. So I watched the whole video. I watched as Mr. Floyd said he couldn’t breath, begged to be let up so he could breath, said these cops are going to kill me and called out for his Mama. The man called for his Mama. I watched as bystanders begged the cops to let him up because he said he couldn’t breath, as they said check him for a pulse when Mr. Floyd stopped moving, one bystander identified herself as an off duty first responder even. The bystanders pleaded for them to render aid. I watched as one police officer was aggressive in keeping the bystanders back. It clearly seemed that he would have no issue taking his gun out and firing upon those bystanders. I watched as 2 officers held down his legs and torso, and I watched as another officer kneeled on his neck.

That officer, seemed almost smug as he kept his knee into George Floyds neck. He certainly did not seem any bit concerned that he was being filmed, or that bystanders begged for a mans life. He made no move to render aid. None. Not one finger did he lift. Almost 9 minutes he remained like that, 3 of them had Mr. Floyd no longer moving at all, completely unresponsive. This is the country we have created, where officers feel so confident that they can murder a black man in broad daylight, while being filmed and nothing will come of it.

Not this time.

This time the world stood up and cried out. I am one of them. I support the movement. I am an ally and I strive to do my level best to be a good ally. To use my white privilege for good. It feels like we are witnessing a revolution this time. I hope it really does spark real and lasting change. Yes there has been damage to buildings and goods, with riots striking right in the neighborhood I grew up in. But those things can be replaced. Lives cannot be replaced.

The man currently being called president in the white house has made an even bigger ass out of himself with how he has been responding to what has been going on. He made zero posts about Mr. Floyds death. He has instead only called for military and aggressive police tactics to calm the protests. He has gone out for a photo op and had peaceful protestors tear gassed for that photo op. The man is a lunatic and reminds me of Hitler. I suspect he will declare martial law if he can get away with it. Absolutely disgusting.

So, those are my thoughts at the moment. 2020 is a bit of a dumpster fire. However, I do hope we really do see real change happen. The officers have all been charged now. That is something different at least.


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