Reasons for the Riots

Black men still swing from trees; White men still put them underknee.

Listen, fellow citizens. Listen.

A 1939 song of protest and rage resonates today, in 2020:

“Southern trees bear a strange fruit / Blood on the leaves and blood at the root / Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze / Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.” – Lyrics and music by Abel Meeropol, recorded by Billie Holiday in 1939. Listen.

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Judgements are being tossed about like tear gas canisters launched into crowds of people.

Photo of peaceful protester in Fargo, N.D.
Peaceful protester in Fargo, N.D., May 30, 2020

Peaceful protesters are good. Rioters are bad. Police are good. Police are bad. Police should use whatever force is necessary to clear protesters/rioters, including lethal force. Property damage is counter-productive. Police are instigating violent reactions. Left-wing extremists are agitating protesters. Right-wing extremists are agitating protesters. The extremists want chaos and revolution.

On and on.

As we share thoughts and opinions about the murder of George Floyd and who is doing what, and as we debate the good and bad of peaceful protests, violent riots and all the complex, related issues in the wake of Floyd’s death, I suggest we keep this gruesome pair of visions before our minds’ eyes:

Bloody tree, bloody black body swinging in the breeze.

Black man on the pavement, white police officer kneeling on his neck.

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There was a peaceful march in my city, Fargo, N.D., on the morning and afternoon of May 30. Black Lives Matter organized the protest to remember Floyd, a Black man murdered at the hands (knees) of White police officers in Minneapolis on Memorial Day, and to draw attention to ongoing, systemic racism and police brutality in the United States.

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Women Heads of State Jump Ahead of the Coronavirus Pandemic Curve

These leaders kick ass big time.

It’s high time the United States “Put a Woman in Charge,” too.

Women are taking charge, pushing back and kicking ass all over the place. They have been for quite a while.

More Girl Power to ya, I say, as the husband of one strong woman and the father of two more.

Not that they or any other women need to give two shakes about what I have to say; they certainly don’t need approval from me or any other man.

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Those Were the Pre-Coronadays, My Friends

This coronavirus thing sucks. I feel you.

Life Before 25-Step Mail Routines
&  Other Obsessive-Compulsive Behaviors

Today is not a Monday, I’m afraid. Nor is it a Friday. Or even a Sunday.

I’m sorry to be the one to deliver this sad bit of news. It is a heavy burden, but one I shall discharge with dignified stiff upper lip.

In actuality, today is – as yesterday was before it and tomorrow will be after it – Coronaday.

Or perhaps I should say, today is ANOTHER Coronaday.

You know what I’m talking about.

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Mental Health Guidance for Kids, Teens and Guardians

Coronavirus is kicking everyone in the ass, but it’s especially tough for kids and teens. Here’s some guidance and a few resources to help us all through.

Talk. Listen. Validate.
While You’re At It, Blast a Little Metal.

Last week I wrote a post about what a drag this coronavirus crap is for my oldest daughter, a representative of classes of 2020 all over the country. For this year’s seniors, fun is not being had, friendships are not being deepened and memories are not being made.

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