Sunday 31st of May 2020

The thing that troubles me the most about what’s happening right now is the worry that, as with previous protests, things will go back to the way they were, nothing will change, and all of this violence will have been for nothing.

COVID-19, Day 78

We had a very good talk this morning with our kids about racism and what’s been going on lately. We talk about race stuff with them a lot, but I could tell that our oldest was weirded out by how we were both acting this morning, so we had a special conversation about it over breakfast.

It’s hard to articulate what’s happening right now to young kids without scaring them or causing them anxiety, but I feel like we did a good job with it. It’s also hard to explain to them that they were born with a certain amount of privilege that they shouldn’t have–that no one should have–and that they should never abuse it and always use it to help people who don’t share in that same privilege.

This is the opposite of how I grew up. We never talked about race or gender. All I ever heard were the various epithets my parents would throw around when the people of color they knew had their backs turned. I’m not sure how I grew up in that environment without becoming a bigot.

Sunday 31st of May 2020

Police respond to protests against police violence with more police violence.

Seems too stupid to be true, but then again, this IS 2020 we’re talking about.

Sunday 31st of May 2020

If you’re gonna start wearing Blue Lives Matter shirts, better slap a Clergy Lives Matter sticker on your car.

Catholic priests and cops have something in common: the profession attracts a very particular type of individual.