Do Black Lives Still Matter To You?

Updated: Mar 3

It’s been over 6 months since civic unrest took over the planet and a year since the pandemic dominated our lives. Understandably, it's difficult to think about the woes of other people when you are wading through your own shit.

But each time, I see protesters clambering to the streets to fight the lockdowns.

I can't help but get triggered by shouting that their freedoms are being threatened wearing no PPE and zero physical distancing. I understand the anger from small businesses who are on the verge of bankruptcy pushing back against a system that prioritized big box stores' needs over the needs of people whose very livelihoods depend on the sales and services they provide on an everyday basis. I don’t understand this notion that being asked to stay home and leave only for essentials and exercise to stop the spread of COVID-19 is somehow a violation of your freedoms.

What freedoms have been taken away?

Going to the mall, restaurants or other social events and gatherings? How would these same people feel if their ability to have access to services, housing or get a job that reflects their skill level or education, or be seriously considered for promotions were deliberately impaired? How about if your ancestral lands were taken and defiled and you were livin