I have been encouraged to reflect on the events of the past week. As I end my tenure here in Lakeland and approach retirement, I am able to take certain liberties and speak slightly deeper from my heart. These thoughts are my thoughts and do not necessarily represent anyone but myself or any other affiliates or organizations.
What happened to George Floyd was horrific and brought me to tears as I viewed it. It demonstrates a need to examine and reform our policies and procedures in so many areas of our society and how all citizens of our country are treated. While I believe that protests (and in some cases violent protests) would have broken out even as the single event took place and triggered the last link in a chain that has broken too many times, the actions may also have been fueled by months of pent up frustration, fear, anger, and radical changes to our normal way of life. Americans are not used to being quarantined in their homes, around the clock, day in and day out. (read more)