Now that everyone has had their thirty-days of emotional response to:
(Choose one or more)
a) police brutality
b) the Confederacy that was defeated 150 years ago
c) slavery that was legal and existed in America from 1492 until Juneteenth 1865
d) the lack of government tools to deal with public mental health
e) wearing face masks
f) monument and property destruction
f) all of the above
..perhaps we can go back to being adults again. Hopefully, better adults this time around.
Politicians and social leaders took up the causes of protesters AND tolerated the protest misbehaviors for the most part. While plenty of people decried the violence, the protesters who respected the laws (and the traditional American convention of social protest) were not tarred and feathered with the Anarchists.
Even the rantings of the President of the United States to gin up an authoritarian response were ignored by local politicians. Thank God.
So here we are cleaning up the destruction of property, the leavings of human garbage, the bruising of community relationships, and the re-examination of law-and-order in our political infrastructure.
What happens next?
Will we change our meme as a nation?
Will the restraint demonstrated by local authorities continue?
Will battle lines be re-drawn?
Will we finally defeat our past?