Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some timely catching up with friends (old and new)!
If we were having coffee this week, I’d be unable to think of a topic other than the riots we’re seeing across the country. I never dreamed this sort of mayhem would be so widespread. I can’t remember who, but someone said that people are seeing it in one city and going out in their own downtowns or malls.
I can’t think of times when many cities rioted at the same time. That could have happened in the 1960’s and I would have been too young to remember. There’s a lot of information swirling around, but it’ll be a while till we know what really went on and who instigated all this.
Tonight I’ve come to think that this is the wrong time for peaceful protest. I hope the peaceful folks take another day and time to voice their opinion and therefore don’t give the bad actors any cover. In Chicago, about 20 miles south of me, the Michigan Avenue, home of the Art Institute, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Symphony and hundreds of restaurants and shops, State Street, again full of premiere stores, have all been vandalized and looted.
Many of us have seen churches burned. Our monuments like the WWII Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial defaced. This destruction is nihilistic and evil.
One young woman who had been protesting did go downtown to help clean up yesterday. On television she explained that it was okay that the buildings had been vandalized because the destruction “just hurt things.” She didn’t realize that a lot of people have been injured and some have died. She didn’t realize that it’s not okay to demolish or steal other people’s property. Certainly property is subordinate to life, but I wonder if this woman had siblings who ever went into her room and messed things up or whether a sibling destroyed items she cared about. We all feel badly when our belongings are destroyed.
On a bigger scale a business owner and his or her employees do put their heart into their work and don’t deserve to have their livelihood ripped away. If you think beyond the “it’s just a material object” is short-sighted. By destroying a business, you are causing hardship for these people and their children.
I pray this violence comes to an end tonight. George Floyd would not be connected to this mayhem and evil.