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No Space For Hate.

Beckoning Cat 
This is not a week for the usual content that we deliver. 

Practice kindness, show empathy, and be the change you want to see in this world. 

Sami Promisloff & Jaime Widder 
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8 Minutes & 46 Seconds

Black Lives Matter 

Say his name. George Floyd. Say her name. Breonna Taylor. Say his name. Ahmaud Arbery. And sadly, the list goes on and on.

If you have not yet watched the full speech that rapper Killer Mike made at the Atlanta Mayor's press conference this past weekend, please do so. A solution-oriented mind.

And as you do, keep in mind that George Floyd, a human being just like you and I, was executed in broad daylight as an officer placed his knee on his neck while two other officers positioned their weight on his body and a fourth officer simply watched all for a full 8 minutes and 46 seconds.

That's 26 seconds longer than Killer Mike's speech. Which should help put in further perspective just how long that period of time is and how insane this crime was.

In fact, I challenge yourself to sit still in silence for that length of time. And should you not practice meditation, I promise, you will struggle to sit still and at some point will want to get up and move around. Now, think about how a man was tortured to death for that period of time just because of his color of skin, as if his life didn’t matter and that he was somehow not equal to you or I.

Please, whatever you do to process this murder, you cannot let it go without demanding some actual change. And as Killer Mike points out, that starts with filling out your 2020 census and then getting out to vote. Encourage everyone to do both of those and that can be a start.

And should you choose to peacefully protest, which I fully support and urge you to do so if you are comfortable with it, please wear a mask for each and everyone's safety. Also, there is nothing wrong with not protesting as long as you listen and not ignore those that do.

Last, I urge you all to watch this video of former aide to President Obama, Desiree Barnes, addressing looters in the East Village. As so many people are doing good in this situation, do not let the bad apples spoil the progress that is being made in these protests.

We are living through a pandemic and hopefully witnessing an actual moment of true change in how our criminal justice system treats people of color. And while I can promise you that we will survive this pandemic, the issue of reforming the criminal justice system will not just happen. It’s up to each and everyone of us to make sure we do what we are comfortable to do to make the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and so many others whose lives were taken by the police simply because the color of their skin comes to an end.

The year is 2020. Hate and injustice both have to go.


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