I’m writing in response to John Lovick’s June 14 guest commentary, regarding the death of George Floyd. For so many non-Black Americans, an intellectual and emotional epiphany has resulted from the tragic murder of George Floyd, and the ensuing protests, historical revelations, and acts of continuing systemic racism, bigotry hatred, and police brutality.
The movement that has gripped America and the world offers the opportunity of a true paradigm shift of thought, action and spirit. The change is grounded in eye-opening communication. For those of us who will never truly know what it means to be Black in America, to have not only never been made feel less than equal, but as Mr. Lovick wrote, to feel “the hopelessness and anger of being treated as less than human,” the response must be two-fold.
To listen and learn (become educated), and to act. The entire world is finally listening. Thank you Mr. Lovick for being part of this often painful process. Thank you for sharing with The Herald’s readership a poignant reflection of, as you wrote, “everything I’ve left behind and everything I continue to carry with me in memory and nightmare.” Thank you for opening your heart in order to educate those of us who have not experienced the hurt and fear that comes from “the knowledge that you are different and unwelcome.”
Your story is an essential means for us to grow and change for the better!