Da Schneib, that was an interesting process reading your stream-of-counsciousness response.
The vertically-challenged collectively refer to those taller than us as average height, as “normal” connotes that which is not normal is “abnormal.” Oddly enough, I can imagine what it must be like to be greatly above average height because I choose to make the stretch. And it’s not so much a stretch as much as it is intentionally giving thought to the challenges others might face. I think that’s where the disconnect happens with people in matters of race: for whatever reason, they intentionally don’t want to give thought to the challenges people of color face.
Congratulations on the success with your new coworker. Patience, an open mind, and authenticity are traits necessary to eliminating racism. And I stress all of these I stress in some form in my writing. To lose those traits is to lose our humanity.
You kinda lost me when you mentioned BlackLivesMatter. If I understand you correctly, are you saying “that law enforcement officers see the BlackLivesMatter movement as directed at them, but it’s not. It’s directed at systemic racism, societal norms, and the media?” Everything else in the paragraph is clear.
Thanks for the words of encouragement. Feel free to poke through my previous posts to get better idea of things that make up the bigger picture in my world.