sábado, 6 de junho de 2020

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On Fridays, I suppose we have initiated the tradition of having a Zoom happy hour after work. The conversation was dominated by current events: protests, deaths of black people, police violence. It has been a few years now that we have been confronted with police violence, mostly because now there are cell phones everywhere with video-cameras, so there are at least two versions of the facts: the one in the police report and whatever is captured on video.

During the Obama administration, this type of incident was reported just like today, but then there would be a service in memory of the deceased and the focus would be on being more understanding, peaceful, etc. In a way, we were comforted in our hour of grief, just to go through it all over again in a few weeks or months. That starts to wear out on you eventually.

There is no comfort now coming from the White House and one must ask whether we are angry not just for the heinous acts themselves, but also because nobody says a prayer to comfort us. I am just glad that there is an uprising and I hope change will ensue. It's been a long time coming.

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