We all had quite the weekend and not in a good way. I have had precious little sleep myself as my emotions go from anger to sadness and then to fear for all of us as we battle the crisis of racism and COVID-19.
I saw people helping each other through the weekend and there were many peaceful protests. There was also a lot of misinformation out there and I heard what sounded like a big lie from a local elected leader. It was later retracted but the damage was already done.
There are explanations for burning and looting that exactly fits the political views of the people who are providing the explanations. Most of the protests and the protesters were peaceful.
If you need a small glimmer of hope with all the mayhem this weekend it doesn’t look like anyone died because of it.
Today is a good day to help where we can either by donating money or helping with clean up. There are lists of ways to help in the major newspapers and on the local television station web sites and on Facebook too.
Today is a good day to talk about racism in Minnesota and everywhere. We haven’t heard any kind of an apology from the Minneapolis police and we haven’t started talking about how we are going to change. Silence in compliance but I don’t think quoting MLK is going to be enough.
Don’t forget to wear your mask. Minnesota COVID-19 cases are still rising. Masks are now required in St. Paul and in Minneapolis.
St. Paul will require people to wear face masks inside businesses and city buildings beginning June 1, (today) and may penalize those who don’t comply.