MAY 31st. 2020. You would think it was a typical sunny day.
The economy got us feeling like it’s 2008.
The virus got us feeling like it’s 1918.
And the human injustice got us feeling like 1968.
Back. To. The. Future.
I’ve been taciturn for these issues because of it’s sensitive nature. The Coronavirus got me all out of sorts. It was an inflection point to me, my state, to my country, to my planet, that we were all going through things in real time.
After watching the video, I was naive to think we learned our lesson, that the confluence of circumstances would bring us together. Then George Floyd got kneeled on.
I loathe this y’all. I’ve been devoid of the news for some 3 weeks, mostly all of May and was tired of being tired. I was sick of being sick. All the news brought was darkness. Ominous tableaus, and macabre. Just when you think it couldn’t get worse; it does.
I’m here to tell you I stand up for George Floyd. I am united as an Asian American for my fellow black brothers and sisters with this. It’s hard being Filipino; a neutral party in race relations – someone that has been a friend to all people’s for all my life.
It’s humanity. It’s a human life. How can we make sense out of something that’s senseless? What I can say is that it wouldn’t make sense for me to tirelessly build this platform and not speak out. To all those that are hurting. I empathize truly, and deeply. I’ve read indefatigably about these types of injustices before. I’ve seen them as a flash in a pan on TV. I’m right behind anyone, in support, those that are hurt and traumatized.
It was Friday night, when I finally turned on CNN on my iPad. I had deep anxiety because I felt trapped. I live in America that is filled with a virus we can’t control, and another virus of racism that has always been there. Enough is enough. Let’s spread love.
For this week, I’m dedicating the #therant to all my friends that have something to say – after all, this is Referee Rant, and I’m the ref that’s ranting. This week, Michael Grant, my fellow official who was on the pod during the Corona Virus hopped on, and hopped once more after what transpired this week.
And two of my friends Phil and Lenny, who I both deeply respect and have things to say. They both supported me speaking out.
Let’s talk about it. It’s time.
“My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.”
– Desmond Tutu