I look at my wife, son, and daughter, thankful for another day with them. It remains difficult to capture the emotional impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on our family as my children adjust to daily life apart from friends and family beyond our immediate family. And now, both my wife and I feel drained as we explain, again, why the lessons we teach them daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly still matter so much. Racism has not been eradicated. Police brutality and the most recent manifestations of lynching still exist. And every day we still awaken committed to trying to make a difference—via our spheres of influence through family, friends, workplace, church, neighborhood, city and country—that will make this world better for “all” of its inhabitants.
The key is that, “We are here.”
But George Floyd is no longer here. Nor Breonna Taylor, Michael Lorenzo Dean, Eric Reason, Christopher McCorvey, Christopher Whitfield, Atatiana Jefferson, Dominique Clayton, Pamela Turner and countless others, including Eric Garner, John Crawford, III and Michael Brown. Partners, children, family, friends, their communities and the world have all been robbed of their contributions and impact.
Yet, we are here. Know that for those of us who remain, we see you and share in the deep loss that we are all feeling this season.