The Mayor and Governor who invited community leaders of color to speak about the reasons for the protests at today’s Seattle press conference. That’s good education.
Those community leaders, who spoke with passion and compassion.
Peaceful protesters, who not only demonstrated today, but who modeled what nonviolent protest looks like. Also, the police who worked with them to coordinate the day’s events. And the media who covered it all.
Our local media, who continues (for the most part) to draw clear distinctions between the Black Lives Matter movement and the opportunistic criminals seeking to muddy the message.
Everyone who came out to help clean up the city today. Kids! Locals! Suburbanites! It made me smile.
As I jot these notes down, the main peaceful protest group has dispersed with the curfew, having done good work. And a second, seemingly hostile group is marching around ignoring the curfew, looking for trouble.
I guess I want to say that after a good day following a difficult, scary night, I’m reminded how good people can be. And how important it is to keep listening and doing good despite discomfort or fear.
And if a small group of rioters wants to pretend they’re protesting tonight, while attacking our home, we won’t let ourselves be fooled.
Love to you all, blog buddies. Stay safe.