I just needed to share this. Does anyone else feel the death of George Floyd and the entire situation with the police is more than just the issues of black lives and police brutality? Excluding the violent riots for a moment, a lot of people are peacefully protesting but many of them are protesting about other issues such as human respect for a life, a just cause, basic kindness etc. I actually stay away from watching protests & debates. But this one, this George Floyd one, feels to encompass so much more in it than just social justice issues for this one man. That is of course the primary issue to bring him justice, but it feels to be bigger than that. To represent those who felt repressed and without a voice for so long. In my case, when I see the video replaying of the police officer kneeling down on that man's neck, I see more than a black versus white issue. I see Chavin's energy and greed to control something, state his authority, show his power over someone helpless and not able to fight back. I saw my own experiences of when I respected a male authority figure (in my case a former boss) and I felt psychologically I was suffocating working under them, I felt bullied and harassed by them, they took away my dreams and my career aspirations at that former place. They used their power and status against me. I felt helpless and powerless to fight back. I still am healing from my situation. I feel Floyd's situation had elements of bullying which many of us experience and are forced to stay silent about for lack of support or lack of empathy from those around us. This is what I want to stand up for moving forward, to protest against these bullying situations when I can identify them in my own life or others' lives, even if I don't join the massive public marches. But I want to do my part. I want to do something to make this world a different and better place.
I would like to hear how does this crisis play out for others and how do you connect to it? What are you standing up for during this period?