It’s getting late and I have an 8:00 am final Zoom faculty meeting in the morning.
And I’m at a loss for words tonight at what continues to unfold in our nation.
For this post, about two and a half months into this Pandemic Period, I’m going to let photos and related articles mostly speak for themselves.
And I’ll also share a video in which the Houston Police Chief speaks powerful, admirable and inspiring words – which is what a leader should do during a crisis.
Monday night, one week since George Floyd was murdered when a cop knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes, this happened in Washington D.C.
Just so that #45 could walk down the street to get this photo-op:
To which the Episcopal Bishop who oversees the church which #45 is using as a background immediately responded:
“The president used a Bible, the most sacred text of the Judeo-Christian tradition, and one of the churches of my diocese, without even asking us, as a backdrop for a message antithetical to the teachings of Jesus and everything that our church stands for,” she said.
“It is appalling,” she [the Bishop] said. “The Bible is not an instrument of white supremacy or American nationalism. It is a universal text for all human beings.”
“The president did not come to pray at St. Johns. He did not come to acknowledge the agony that our country is experiencing right now. He never mentioned the sacred worth of people of color in our nation who rightfully demand an end to hundreds of years of systemic racism and white supremacy.”https://www.nytimes.com/live/2020/george-floyd-protests-today-06-01?action=click&module=Spotlight&pgtype=Homepage#washington-bishop-condemns-trump-visit-to-church
Earlier on Monday, #45 had a call with the U.S. Governors:
Around the same time #45 was on that call threatening more violence, George Floyd’s brother was visiting the spot in Minneapolis where his brother was murdered a week ago and calling for peace.
Monday, early evening, in my hometown and capital of Ohio – Columbus.
Columbus Police closed all of the roads into downtown early in the evening on Monday to try to prevent this peaceful protest. Everyone pictured either biked in or walked a fair distance.
And here’s the Chief of Police from Houston, Texas (where I grew up) showing how a leader should act:
I close with this photo posted by The Raven Foundation – a Christian organization committed to educating for non-violence