I Can’t Breathe

?In the wake of the brutal murder of George Floyd in Powderhorn, a neighborhood south of downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, many people with a voice, that are still able to breathe, have used their voice in this time of crisis to add perspective, to add hope, and to check reality. Some of it is painful to listen to, because sometimes the truth and honesty hurts. But we learn by listening.

CNN’s Chris Cuomo lays out the difference between the two America’s we see today.
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Trevor Noah of The Daily Show talks about how the killing of George Floyd was just the most recent domino to fall of unaddressed racial injustice and police brutality that has been building, and the resluts of a broken social contract.

For context, comedian Chris Rock has talked about “Bad Apples”, a term that has often been used to describe police officers that have committed unspeakable acts of violence against unarmed black men and women without being held accountable.

CNN’s Don Lemon speaks over footage from looting in Los Angeles and fires raging in D.C., lamenting the lack of leadership and loss of control as a nation. Reinforcing the deterioration of the social contract that Trevor Noah describes.

One protestors message to “opportunists”

Killa Mike, noted Atlanta activist, addresses the killing of George Floyd, Atlanta’s history of progress, and his hopes for Atlanta and the nation.

An activist in Minnesota speaks about accountability, responsibility, and the history of looting.

Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson, who oversees Flint Township, Michigan, addressed the people that live in his jurisdiction, and then marched with them.

Sheriff Swanson spoke with the people of his community after walking with them.

Houston Chief of Police, Art Acevedo, talking about unity and not falling into the trap of instigators inserting themselves into protests.


Question Your Answers

A new ad series from The Atlantic promoting their history of “challenging assumptions” is fantastically well done. And I’m not just saying it because one of them featured Michael K. Williams.



First, I must confess that over the last few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Council-er or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says "I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can't agree with your methods of direct action;" who paternalistically feels he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by the myth of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait until a "more convenient season. Shallow understanding from people of goodwill is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., April 16, 1963