Sunday, June 7, 2020

Pandemic Diary Day 83: A Worldwide Call For Equality Starts in America

Dear Diary,

The spark may have started in the United States with the video of four policeman murdering an unarmed black man, but the tinder was laid worldwide.

Racists - whose actions have become too frequent in Europe and America - were confronted by thousands of people around the globe calling for an end to racism and demanding social justice, for two weeks now.

Fascism has been raising it's ugly head around the world for years now. America is fighting another war with fascist forces from within. The Nazis were easy to identify in WWII. Today's fascists wrap themselves in the cloak of the Republican Party under a wannabe Hitler.

Nationalism and white supremacy has blended into a wealthy quasi- conservative culture led by Trump. What's happening now with the protests is a preview of things to come. Americans are tired of racism. Cities, large and small, have made that message clear.

Equality and justice is the goal of all good Americans. Watching the protests, regardless of where they're being held, I see as many whites as I do blacks participating. 

That is history in the making. Looking back at past civil rights protests in the 1960s, and over the years, most of the people marching were of color.

We're experiencing a societal shift in these protests against fascism and racism. Americans are signaling they've had enough of Trump's clown show. 

The violent death of George Floyd took the cork out of the bottle, and released the genie of change.  

There's no looking back. America has to restore it's honor and work through it's challenges... as a people united in the belief that we are all equal before the eyes of God.

On the Homefront - Medford, Oregon
Protest in Medford -
Unlike the small group of bored youth who were hanging around downtown earlier this week, we had a much more organized protest yesterday. (Photo by Andy Atkinson/Mail Tribune)

There was an eight-minute stretch of silence during which protestors took a knee in symbolic remembrance of the length for which George Floyd, was held down by Minneapolis police until he died.

It was a peaceful protest with very little police presence.

**COVID Stats - We had two more deaths overnight to bring the total to 163 today. There's been 4,662 confirmed COVID-19 cases thus far reported.

**We made the cut - Jackson County (includes Medford) is one of 20 counties that have met the required number of reported COVID-19 cases to justify moving on to Phase 2 of reopening. Gyms and restaurants are extending hours and offering more services.

Quote for the Day; "Race, gender, religion, sexuality, we are all people and that's it. We're all people. We're all equal." -Connor Franta

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