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There's looting and rioting 10 blocks away from me. The poli

There's looting and rioting 10 blocks away from me. The police have just started with tear gas. I wish there were something I could do to help. But I told my ex I wouldn't go out because of the covid exposure risk. I'm feeling so stressed out. My one psychiatrist asked me what I was anxious about and I said the racial violence and he said oh that's not a personal issue for you though. This should be personal for every white person. It sure is personal for every Black person. Why cannot people just open their eyes and admit that we are all racist and we all have benefited from the deeply entrenched racism that has built the US from its earliest moments? And be willing to atone, as individuals and as a whole? That's when real healing and equality can be possible. This world, this society is making us sick. No wonder people are depressed and anxious.

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Jun 2

I think a lot of people are angry right now. And probably staying home WAS the right decision. You avoided covid, and also avoided adding to the mass hysteria and outrage. Yes we are outraged that a person was murdered because of their skin, it's so so scary. And whether people are racist, or the victim of racism, black, white, chinese or muslim, can we all agree that people are afraid? The underlying emotion of hatred and anger is a sense of powerlessness. Racism is alive, people are afraid of eachother's fear and what that fear can do. I recommend a moment of inner stillness, and allowing the anger to dissipate. To look at people with different opinions and validate their arguments, and then state your own experiences also. We are going through an enormous collective awakening, Im not kidding you. And before awakening there will be a lot of suffering. We are all collectibely having the SAME experience. Grief, loss, shame, fear, fear of job loss, etc. Those who will survive will be the ones who can stay still. Do not go into the masses and beat everyone up. There is some major karma being served. We are all going through an enormous lesson of forgiveness. Beginning with self compassion.

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Jun 2

@Woichneigewesenbin The topic here is not police and the general public. Few people believe that police go out to hunt innocent victims by race. This topic here is police shootings resulting in death, and it is fair to make an assumption that those shootings are not random. They happen between police and someone who is or is believed to have broken the law. With that it mind, it is completely fair to compare the number of people who are actually engaged by the police for questioning or arrest with the number of those people who end up dead. Twice as many are white.

It is a favorite trick of the medial to use raw numbers when it is more inflammatory, and percentages when it is more inflammatory. For instance they might say increased by 300%, meaning that originally there were 2 people, and now there are 8 (possibly out of 5 billion people) who are the subject of the study. That number is still statistically zero, which does not mean that it is unimportant—only that it needs to be kept in perspective. Some people make a game out of how to lie with the truth. I would rather know the truth and put it in the proper perspective.

I resent your effort to connect me to white supremacy, but you have revealed your own heart. Or are you implying that people in that movement know how to sensibly look at numbers to make sure that the are not comparing apples to oranges? I know how to use math and science, statistics and logic. I don’t know the tools of hate, bias, and revenge.

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@Blueberries1234 Really appreciate your perspective.

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