Our team building event at Torchy’s Tacos this past Friday night.
I’ve had a hard time deciding what to write on my blog this week. As a human being and an American, the death of George Floyd was heartbreaking. My thought when I first heard about it, “How is this still happening?” I froze and didn’t know what to say to my African American team. What COULD I say that would make any kind of difference? I was so worried about saying the wrong thing that I forgot the most important point when someone is possibly feeling powerless or devalued…to say something. To acknowledge it, even if maybe they didn’t need to hear it, even if they aren’t affected the way I might think.
My brother in law, Eric, who is one of the most thoughtful human beings I’ve ever had the pleasure of getting to know, asked his two African American coworkers this past Monday how they were doing with what was going on and one started crying. The other told him that no one in the office had said a word, while they were trying to just get through their day (he didn’t go into the office right away, so he didn’t talk to them until the afternoon).
It’s hard to know what action to take. It’s like someone had a death in their family but you aren’t sure what to do, how to react, if at all. You don’t want to upset them. It’s like being paralyzed and the easiest course is to do nothing, say nothing. But there are times that doing the uncomfortable thing is the right course, when action is necessary.
All I want for our country, for all of us, is to live our lives without worrying about being harassed or hurt, to have faith in authority that they will use their power wisely, and be seen for who we are based on the content of our character. How do we get there? What can you or I do that will make an impact? I already had the Torchy’s Team Building Event planned, but how timely. They all needed it and seeing them eat and laugh, take pictures together (and harass Ms. Shavonda who forgot to bring a regular shirt to change into, covered up her work shirt logo with red duct tape) was the antidote to a stressful week and the past few months.
Seeing the peaceful protests has filled me with hope, too. So many people from varying walks of life, races, generations, coming together to show that they will not accept this dehumanizing of our precious citizens, children, fathers and brothers. Another concrete step was hearing that the police officer who murdered George Floyd was charged with murder 2 because that is precisely what it was. My sincerest hope for my African American team members and their children is that a real, permanent change is now occurring and years from now, we can look back and say that this moment was the watershed that unleashed the beginning of a new chapter in how we treat our American brethren. We’re all precious and deserve to be treated that way.
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