I always want to believe you,
As I sat down to write this, I searched on Unsplash for BLM, specifically looking for Black Lives Matters Signs wielded by Black protesters. It was important to me that none of the images contained the full faces of protesters and that the sign in question was in the hands of a Black person. As you can see the image I found contains no sign, but it does center a Black person and features no full faces. Why is this? Because through the thousands of images that I went through there was not a single image of a person holding a sign that wasn't white. Now don't get me wrong, I am not trying to diminish the importance of Non-Black POC or white folks in this fight, because it is a fight that we are here to offer aid to, not to center ourselves in. It is vitally important that we remember that for the duration.
I am particularly lucky to be able to share my home with people who know and value me as a person, from the soul and heart, and mind. One of them is my partner in life, and the other two are our friends. But friend doesn't begin to describe our relationship. We are a family. We maybe don't look like the nuclear family that was popularized in the media, but we are a family none the less. We take care of each other and talk, and laugh, and play, and comfort each other. We support each other when we are going through the hard stuff, and have learned over the last year of living together how to lean on each other.
I was laid off from my job in April, and while it was in no way a pleasant experience, it has given me sometime to reflect on the job market as it is now, and as it has been. I am not going to disclose what I was making, or what I am currently making on unemployment, however I am going to throw some numbers around based on averages and input given to me by my friends who were also laid off. I hope that this serves as a wake up call for all the people who are currently looking to employ people. It is really important that we do not allow ourselves to sink into predatory practices like we did after the 2008 collapse.
On March 11th I published a thought piece telling people to stop telling me to calm the fuck down about COVID-19, and largely I was ignored. I kept getting told to calm down, that it wasn't that bad. Now there are over 200,000 people dead and over 3 million cases globally. Nearly a third of those are in the United States cases and a quarter of those deaths are in the United States. Why? Because you chuckle-heads thought that this was some liberal hoax, spun up by the main stream media?