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Enough Is Enough – Stop the Fighting!

I don't normally post about political issues, but when social issues cross the line, I feel the need to speak out.

I pride my country year-round

I pride my country year-round

I’m tired of it. Aren’t you?

As individuals we learn from our mistakes, pick ourselves up by the bootstraps and move forward in a positive direction.

What the hell has happened to America?? Why can’t we come together as individuals to create a nucleus of progress and social integration?

Why does it have to be about race? Injustice is a part of life globally. But America has become a mecca of blame that has resulted in shame.

We’re better than that.

Don’t blame it on the Civil War. Look beyond that. Even after slavery was abolished, people of color were segregated from society. The Civil War ended in 1865. Yet, in the 1960s the war between the races continued. Martin Luther King pled with America to come together as a people.

Martin Luther King Jr.'s I Have a Dream Speech

Don’t Place Blame, Move Forward

Yet we still have dissention.

Who’s to blame? The whites? The blacks?

Let go of yesterday and work towards a positive today and tomorrow.

Injustice isn’t relegated to the color of our skin. It affects social status, income status, religious beliefs, and even how we choose to live our lives and feed our bodies. In fact, if you think about it, anyone who works for an employer and is subjected to their rules is, in essence , a slave. Additionally, we have financial obligations we need to meet in order to keep afloat. That means most Americans, regardless of color are enslaved.

Huh!

We’re working in reverse. None of us have any control over those who are screaming against past transgressions and bringing them back to life.

The wounds have been in the healing process for decades. Yet, they are now being reopened. For what reason? What purpose does that serve?

Let the wounds heal. Make a better life for today and tomorrow. Do you want your children to grow up living in the past or being a victim of a past that is generations gone? Feeling sorry for themselves and the color of their skin? Being angry because of the color of their skin and feeling deprived because of something for which they have no control? Being angry towards those who are of a different color?

We’re all of a different color. We’re all of a different mindset. We’re all of a different philosophy. That’s what makes us unique. That’s what makes America the Melting Pot of the World, as we were once called.

Be the change! Stand strong and bring this country to the ideals our forefathers envisioned for us!

Our country was built upon the premise of everyone being treated equally. As humans we have that right, but it’s not always been so.

I get that.

But today is a different day.

I Don't Regret My Ancestry, I Embrace and Learn From It

Stonewall Jackson is my great-great uncle. How do you like me now?

Stonewall Jackson is my great-great uncle. How do you like me now?

Facilitate Change

Make a difference. Don’t rehash what was and can’t be changed. Don’t try to eradicate the past because the past made us who we are today.

We learn from our past. And we better ourselves because of and in spite of our past.

Why don’t you get that?

In this year 2020, we have a universal virus that is indiscriminately killing. Now is the time to unite, not to fight.

History is a learning tool. It teaches us what works and what doesn’t.

Don’t have a chapter engraved in the upcoming generation’s history books that centers around the dissension we created in the year 2020.

Be the change, not the regression. Earn a chapter in upcoming, everlasting history books that tell of Americans of all colors and beliefs coming together to make our forefathers proud.

Make Martin Luther King, Jr. proud.

Make your family proud.

Make yourself proud.

Become a positive role model for the world.

Start now.

I leave you with this:

Please watch the video through it’s entirety. You’ll learn something about love of country. I know I did.

The Star Spangled Banner As You've Never Heard It

As an American, how do you see what's going on in our country?

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Shauna L Bowling

Comments

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on October 11, 2020:

Brenda, the last paragraph of your comment says it all. You'd think that with death literally staring us—all of us— in the face, we'd be kinder to each other. Change can only happen when each individual in a society makes a conscious effort to move forward. We do that by learning from our mistakes, not by recreating that which has torn us apart.

Thank you for adding to this article with your insightful comment.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 11, 2020:

Shauna,

I agree with you that it is time for people to stop living in the past and begin to unite.

These tragedies that started this rift occurred many generations ago and we cannot be held responsible.

Yes there are wrong doings that happen today but it is not all the people. To me...each & every individual matters and we need to unite as a country together as one.

Staring this virus in the face should be enough to make people wake up and realize it takes all of us to make an effective change.

Thanks for sharing.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on October 06, 2020:

Pamela, thanks for your thoughts on this issue and for re-following me. Lots of weirdness going on behind the HP scenes. Hopefully, all the glitches will get ironed out soon.

No, we cannot and should not change the past. That in itself is an oxymoron. We learn from our mistakes. We don't erase them. The civil unrest in this country seems to lie in people dwelling on the past and taking their discontent out on present society. When I was growing up, the Civil War wasn't about slavery. It was about the North versus the South. To discount the southern generals and those who helped make history is just flat out wrong. In essence, those actions discount many of today's members of society. As I stated in my article, I'm a descendent of Stonewall Jackson's. Does that make me a bad person? Should my ancestor's statue be torn down? What does that accomplish?

There are better ways to deal with injustice and inequality. The first step is to move forward. Stop blaming and stop pointing fingers at ghosts of the past.

Let's deal with today. It can begin by not hating on each other.

Thanks for coming by, Pamela. It's very much appreciated!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 06, 2020:

This is such an excellent article and I agree with all your points. I am not sure for all the reasons this country is in trouble, but people need to come together and talk. We cannot change what happened generations ago, but it seems somehow that may be one goal. I have several black friends in my woman's club and we all care about each other, so I do wish I had some answers but I don't.

For some reason I was not following you now and I just found that out. I know I was following you previously so I am not sure what happpened. I have always thought you wrote excellent articles and I am following you now!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 30, 2020:

Thank you, Sankhajit. Unfortunately, this does seem to be the topic of the era. So sad.

Sankhajit Bhattacharjee from MILWAUKEE on September 29, 2020:

a great message...it's the writing of the era...

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 29, 2020:

JC, you're so right. We can't be one nation under God if this keeps up. We are one humanity made up of unique souls. Once we recognize that, life can go on in peace and harmony.

Thanks for stopping by. Much appreciated!

JC Scull from Gainesville, Florida on September 28, 2020:

Very good article.The divisiveness needs to stop, otherwise we are doomed as a country.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on August 06, 2020:

MG, sad but true. Will it ever change? It doesn't look hopeful, does it?

Thanks for your wise input.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on August 06, 2020:

Umesh, it just makes no sense. We're all people. We all eat, sleep, cry, laugh, and bleed. We should be striving to move ahead and achieve dreams rather than take steps backwards to point fingers at those who are long gone. What a waste of energy and emotion!

Thank you for your wonderful comment. I appreciate it.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on August 05, 2020:

Nice article but strife for whatever cause is essence of history for 4000 years.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on August 05, 2020:

I think in many countries, many people feel alike as why we cannot unite ourselves and make progress. I take your concern to global levels. Thanks.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 20, 2020:

Mar, you exude kindness, peace, and love. If everyone were to follow in your footsteps this world would be the beautiful place it was meant to be.

Yeah, I'm wearing my damn mask in public, too. Good reason to stay home!

Love you too, my friend.

Keep that smile in your heart and music in your soul!

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on July 19, 2020:

Dear Sha,

I agree with you wholeheartedly.

I'm not sure I'd be able to get out of bed every day if I watched the news - so I don't.

Small ripples of kindness, peace, and love will continue to be my focus - along with wearing my damn mask in public.

Love you and thank you for this post, mar

Ann Carr from SW England on July 15, 2020:

Amen to that, Shauna!

Ann

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 15, 2020:

Ann, perhaps if we all stop watching the news, the "blamers" will realize they've lost their audience and the limelight and stop assaulting us. If you want to saturate the news, why not with something positive? Why not create the reputation of being a force that helped integrate America (and the world)?

Now, that would be something to be proud of!

Ann Carr from SW England on July 15, 2020:

I'm still following the comments here with interest. So many have said that they don't want to watch or hear the news any more as it's all so negative. This morning I got so depressed and annoyed at everything that was being 'chucked' at us that I vowed never to watch the news again! It incites over-reaction, angst and division. There are so few balanced pieces about it all. So now I'm just going to make sure I get the latest Covid rules and regulations and skip the rest!

Hope you're keeping safe and well in all this, Shauna - and keeping your cool!

Ann

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 15, 2020:

Chris, I love your philosophy. If everyone were as conscientious of virtue and morals, the problems would fix themselves, wouldn't they?

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 15, 2020:

Audrey, I so agree with you. It's much easier to love. And if some can't go that far, the least they can show is respect and tolerance. I'm sick of the blame game too. Get off of it and move on for cryin' out loud!

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on July 15, 2020:

I'm doing my best to be a good father, grandfather, son, brother, friend and neighbor. If I can love all these people around me and be a peacemaker, then I will be satisfied with my life.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on July 14, 2020:

Sha,

I may be the only person who has decided to stop watching the news. It's all so negative and disturbing. People are so angry. Where is the love, what happened to respect and dignity? Blame here and blame there...blame everywhere.

It's so much easier to love!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 13, 2020:

Nell, it's becoming apparent that people would rather bitch than converse. Some need to have something to bitch about in order to be heard. Why not put our voices to good use instead?

Thanks for your thoughts, Nell. Much appreciated!

Nell Rose from England on July 12, 2020:

Hi Shauna, We have been watching it over here, and to a smaller degree its happened here too. To sit down and have a decent conversation instead of fighting and causing trouble would be so much better, take care

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 11, 2020:

James, I appreciate you stopping by. In vein of your comment, I think our own president wants to overthrow America. I'll stop there.

I've seen you around and am honored that you read and commented on one of my articles. I don't usually get political, but I've had it up to here (insert vision of hand way over top of my head).

Keep pleasant thoughts and make sure your immediate world is a peaceful one. That's what I do.

James A Watkins from Chicago on July 11, 2020:

I enjoyed your excellent article. The communists of Antifa, BLM, and the Democrat Party want to overthrow America. They must be stopped or our fate will be as bad as Venezuela.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 10, 2020:

Peggy, reverting to the ways of yesteryear is not the answer; it creates more problems and escalates negativity. We were making progress and now we regress. We need forward motion, acceptance of what was, and our energies spent in achieving solutions and peace.

Thanks for your compassion. That's what's missing in today's society.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on July 10, 2020:

We're all struggling to find a solution that would be acceptable to everyone. That in itself might be near impossible. I can't see being blamed for the actions of our ancestors any more than blaming people strictly based on the color of their skin. As you've reminded us, we're all different colors. The sooner we leave color out of the equation the better things will get. I remember the days of segregation, clearly, and bringing back those days isn't the answer. Great observations, Shauna, and thanks for expressing them. I have Southern ancestors, too.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 08, 2020:

Thanks for joining in, Dora. Does this kind of dissension exist in the Caribbean?

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on July 07, 2020:

"Be the change! . . . Now is the time to unite, not to fight." This is a great place to start sharing the responsibility. Thanks for the message.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 06, 2020:

Ruby, I agree with you. It almost seems as though many people simply aren't happy unless they raise a ruckus and make everyone else around them unhappy as well. But when actions instill fear, something's got to be done. Will these people agree to sit down and have a conversation? Do they want to see positive change? Or do they simply want the power to turn America upside down?

I reacted the same as you when I found the closing video, Ruby. I don't recall ever hearing the full story behind The Star Spangled Banner when I was in school.

Thanks for your time and comment Ruby. It's always a pleasure to see you!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 06, 2020:

I fear the situation may worsen before getting better. I saw something today that said ten years ago it was predicted America would see another Civil War. I certainly hope it doesn't come to that.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on July 06, 2020:

Well, the video got to me, I'm sitting here crying like a baby. I thought I knew the story, but not the part about our dying men holding the flag through the bombing. I am so very tired of all the hurtful actions and words. Why can't we as a people love each other? When are we going to realize that we all are different colors and be proud of who we are. Slavery is wrong. Hate is wrong. Why can't we move on?

A B Williams from Central Florida on July 06, 2020:

So true, many Americans are seeing for themselves, the levels the haters of America will go to!

We have failed to properly educate our youth on the exceptionalism of this Country and so...they have turned on this Country!

We must not whitewash nor erase our history; we share it all, the exceptional, the good and the bad....from all I am finding out in my research, many colleges are focusing exclusively, on the bad, what’s worse, revisionist history, via the 1619 project Curriculum, for example, is currently being introduced into K-12 education.

Until we can get a handle on this, sadly, it isn’t going to get any better, any time soon.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 06, 2020:

Box, the hate and discontent has spread far beyond the Internet and social media; it's on the news and in the papers. It's become as deadly and widespread as COVID-19.

I hope this article does open up a means for dialog. Perhaps if enough people start actual conversation rather than spew, destroy, maim, and point fingers, something can actually be done about the unrest in our country, and worldwide for that matter.

Thanks for your input. I always look forward to your point of view.

Have a great week and stay safe, my friend.

greg cain from Moscow, Idaho, USA on July 06, 2020:

Sha - hate and discontent have found a loving home on the internet and in social media. It thrives and grows daily, and in my estimation it's one of our biggest problems today. Your message is a good one, and I agree in many respects. One nuance, though, might be urging a dialog based on the standards of logic and evidence as our guide. That we can't agree to disagree anymore--instead we have to hate, divide, exclude and so forth--is one of the biggest troubles of our times, in my opinion.

I agree that we can't and shouldn't erase our history...it's not healthy. I remember having Japanese tourists visit the island of Guam when I lived there and when they went to the Pacific War Museum (featuring WWII history of the island) many of those tourists were aghast. They did not believe that Japan had invaded the island, subjugated the island's people, put them in prison camps, treated them very poorly up until the US Marines liberated the island in July/August of 1944. This actually happened, of course, but it was just erased from the national consciousness in Japan, never discussed, never taught in the history classes.

As you know, just because we don't talk about it doesn't mean it didn't happen! The same is true here. Perhaps we just need to have a conversation about celebrating the past and learning about the past instead of destroying all reminders of it.

And I can't help myself. I'm going to ask the same question as Linda: Why can't we all just get along?

Great article, Sha Sha. You have opened up a wonderful conversation that could be a starting point for a dialog instead of a 'spewing hate and discontent'-log.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 06, 2020:

I hear you, Linda.

I actually wrote this last night about an hour before my bedtime. Something triggered my enough is enough button and I headed straight for my computer. I appreciate your comment about articulation and organization. I pounded this out in the order in which the words formed in my mind. Call it a rant, but I felt better after I wrote it.

Yes, indeed. Why can't we just get along?

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on July 06, 2020:

A powerful message, well articulated and organized. And if course, look who wrote it. My parents were both 1st generation American so I honestly don't have guilt feelings for generational transgressions.

I'm weary of the blame game, the victim mentality, and now the effort to revise history. Doesnt anyone remember the outcome of the Civil War?

Why can't we just get along??

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 06, 2020:

Manatita, I don't watch or read the news on my computer. I pretty much use it for research, pleasure, and writing.

manatita44 from london on July 06, 2020:

I'm like Bill.

I came back from America in April, 2014 or thereabouts and my TV license was on the verge of running out. Also, it was not even working properly. So the license would have been nearly 200 dollars and to fix it perhaps 100.00. So I threw it away.

MSN on the computer is quite good. I use it for tennis, football and Formula one but news pop up all the time, so I know. But I do not focus on the details. It can be like some of these toxic texts going round. They wear us down so stealthily, that it takes time to realize that we are losing our wisdom.

The Desk top will also give you good films, so you don't really need anything else. Yet the mind says you do, so what can most do? We are social animals. Much Love.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 06, 2020:

I don't blame you, Bill. I watch the news to get weather updates and COVID updates, since we're now a hot spot. In so doing, there's not a day that goes by that doesn't talk about another Civil War statue being taken down or defaced. It's in the newspapers, too. Mississippi is removing the rebel symbol from its state flag after 126 years. These are the kinds of things that make my blood boil.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 06, 2020:

I'm just tired of it all. I stopped watching the news last week. We could be at war and I wouldn't know it. I don't know how long I'm going to keep up with my boycott, but I feel better since it started. :(

Be safe and well, my friend.

A B Williams from Central Florida on July 06, 2020:

"Google"...cringe! I am wanting to shout some more, but I will save it for another time and place.

Good day all!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 06, 2020:

Kari, to be honest, I had to Google the term. As I was reading, I could see both sides of the coin. I understand why people of color are so disgruntled. Systemic racism is real. I also think it's something many of us are not aware of or, as you say, keep our heads down about. I didn't realize this until I read an article about systemic racism.

One step in moving forward is to stop trying to eradicate our history. That changes nothing but it does create anger and anger fuels the fire. Another step is for all people to understand and acknowledge that systemic racism exists. Once people of all races make this inner discovery, we can work together towards a solution.

Thank you for your comment, Kari. I learned something and I hope all who read this do as well.

Kari Poulsen from Ohio on July 06, 2020:

Shauna, Do you believe in systemic institutionized racism? I understand if you do not. Most of us are just keeping our heads down, trying to exist. But, as they say, silence is violence. We need to stand together as rational humans and attempt to find a way to oust this. I hope you and yours are all well! Have a happy day.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 06, 2020:

Makes sense, manatita. Thanks for your Light!

manatita44 from london on July 06, 2020:

Haha.

Like most of us, I tend to respond to comments according to the person ... its nature and depth ... and so on. I know much more than I admit.

The answer in Yoga is that change comes from within. Yoga is Spirituality. As your spiritual practices increase, you will see the world around you changing, as nature Itself will conspire to help you.

I have been teaching this for 10 years here, but in a way that shows Love for humans, so I do not push. Frankly though, prayers and meditations are the answer to all life problems.

Now if you wanted to ask me how to do that, Sha. That is something else. We need a good meal and a sit-down around a table with lots of good vibes, chandeliers and Tchaikovsky. (Chuckle) So sorry, I should not tease you in a real crisis.

But you bring them back by bringing yourself back. if you do not have, then you cannot give. Are you truly happy? is there Joy inside? Then you can share this, but do not operate from a position of weakness, as it only makes others weak.

I reach out to you, from a position of 38 years of prayer and daily meditations, sometimes up to 6 hours a day. Spirituality is truly the way of the cross. It is not fast food, but we have to start somewhere.

This is why whether you read the scriptures of the East or West, you will always find recommendations. That is why Christ did not walk down Barabbas' road. I love you, though. Cheer up! We cannot build Rome in a day.

A B Williams from Central Florida on July 06, 2020:

I hear ya Shauna, no mountaintops for us Floridians, but I'd be shouting right alongside you.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 06, 2020:

Manatita, I appreciate your sage words and I agree with you. Is it possible for millions of people to have lost connection with Spirit at once? How do we bring them back?

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 06, 2020:

Thank you Ann. I'm pleased that this article calmed your restlessness.

I'm so tired of all the dissension. Why don't people want to be happy? Why must they stir the pot? The pot was stirred long ago. Now it's time to bring it to a simmer and make something wonderful out of it.

Thank you for your support, Ann. I appreciate you more than you know.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 06, 2020:

So true, AB. Our elderly must be so heartbroken to see what has happened to the greatest country on earth. Look at us now! If this is indicative of great, then the world is in a heap of trouble!

Thanks for weighing in. Where's the nearest mountaintop? I feel the need to shout.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 06, 2020:

My sentiments exactly, Flourish. I'm fed up with it. That's why I wrote this article. I got so irritated, I had to release myself on paper.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 06, 2020:

Genna, I couldn't agree with you more. It seems we were headed in the right direction and now everything's gone to hell. We've taken great strides in the wrong direction.

We can't fix what's broken unless we all come together, stop playing the blame game, and put forth positive energy. The negative energy that our country is seeing now is destructive, to say the least.

When will people wake up and work toward change rather than bitch?

Thank you so much for your take. It's much appreciated, Genna!

manatita44 from london on July 06, 2020:

My Dear Sha,

My first thought on reading this was to return to my Shrine and pray. Perhaps this is the answer. We are all sparks of the Absolute and the Universe is Its projection ... creation. Life is governed by Consciousness which is responsible for all things. The Christian word is Spirit.

Spirit pervades all and is omnipresent ... it not only exists in but is in fact all things with and without form. The Spirit projects (Creates), transforms (Destroys) and preserves (Sustains) its order.

On a lower level, it appears as diversity and duality, yes, but there is an invisible tread connecting you and me and everything else. Each man's death diminishes us, for we are one.

You are affected because, let us say, of a turbulence in Spirit. This is bound to happen whenever we are in a crucible of fire: viral, social, race, global and environmental pandemics. Spirit is also omnipotent. It follows an order that it adjusts from time to time as It has the capacity and wisdom to do so.

I'm saying that God is not static but in motion, that He is not bound by plans, but follows a Higher vision and to that extent, sanctions, approves or tolerates whatever takes place. God is the sole Agent. We are Its instruments and our purpose is to glorify this Higher Light.

Yet we are not perfect and what you feel, are the limitations, weaknesses, bondage ... ignorance of us humans. What can we do? Barabbas was a good man who experienced the same dilemma in Rome and asked Christ to take up the struggle, only to be told by Jesus, The Christ, that that was not His mission.

This is crucial to understand. In order to create order, God has made us a garden of flowers. The rose will give of fragrance and the lilly purity, but they all complement each other. The flute will give us sweetness and the violin charm, but both are necessary to complement the orchestra.

So to - from the field of duality - God uses one for politics, another for Love, one for altruism and yet another for activism. This process of natural selection (compensation) balances the Universe.

What can we do or how can we escape this? Like Jesus did, by returning to the Source. Spirituality has a history of being said to be vague, but has always transformed man for the better.

Without this, we will all die overnight. Who can survive without daily forgiveness? Not me! So the answer is to turn to the inner life and let God, the sole Agent, be responsible for His projection (Creation) Hari Om! Praise be!

Ann Carr from SW England on July 06, 2020:

I was awake in the early hours; the wind was howling, the rain was lashing and it was impossible to sleep, so I came downstairs and I read this. What a relief to read something which brings sense to this madness. What is happening in America is happening in Britain and probably around the world to some extent. I've been saying exactly this for the last couple of weeks, and every time I see such events on tv. We had statues pulled down and chucked in the docks in Bristol and they're making the same fuss about many historical 'monuments'. If the history of them all was written below then it could be put into perspective and there would be no need for all the anger and protestation. There are some who advocate doing just that.

I think we live in a world that follows the loudest and most prominent, regardless of thought or reason. I too have felt fear - fear for the future and for our young ones.

I felt so much better at 4 in the morning than I have for a few days, so thank you!

I applaud you for writing this and I applaud you for your balanced, unflinching thoughts. Well done, Shauna!

Ann

A B Williams from Central Florida on July 05, 2020:

Well done!

My elderly mother-in-law lives with one of my sisters-in-law. She was telling me that my mother-in-law was very emotional the night before Independence Day. She doesn't understand all of this craziness and she told her, she can't take it any more. :(

So sad!

It made me think of all of the elderly currently living alone or in nursing homes, cut off from their families, what is going through their minds? It must seem like the end of days to them.

We MUST get it together!

FlourishAnyway from USA on July 05, 2020:

I’ve had it up to here with the victim stuff. Let’s just keep moving forward.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on July 05, 2020:

Wonderful article, Shauna. All lives matter. We are human beings first; this is what is important. We need to come together and demonstrate respect and caring for one another, regardless our race, ethnicity, religion and so forth, if we ever hope to overcome "us versus them."

America isn't easy. It's about time we learned from our mistakes rather than repeating them over and over again. I can't help but think about the tens of thousands of the elderly who have passed away from Covid-19 in the past few months. Who marches on their behalf -- and the other victims of indifference?

We have such possibilities...we have only to trust in them and in each other.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 05, 2020:

Amen, John! I just want to tell the world to shut the f*%k up! Change your way of living. Stop feeding off the government, which is funded by taxpayers. Stop making my life fearful by having to take measures to keep the naysayers out and fear for my home.

Take pride in yourselves. Make a better life for yourselves. You've been given freedom. Grasp it. Make it count. Show your children that they now have the power to be anything they want to be.

It's those who continue to cry and blame who would rather get a handout than make a life for themselves, who have created this countrywide pity party. Get over it! Show us how great you are, for crying out loud!

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on July 05, 2020:

Thank you for writing this Shauna. As if the world, and America in particular, needs civil unrest now on top of the virus. As you have clearly said, we can’t keep living in the past and blaming anyone alive now for what happened before they were born. We have to learn from history and make the future better, not repeat the mistakes or even regress to a worse state.

People need to realise we are all one race “The Human Race” and should treat one another equally and with respect. Certain sectors of community thrive on chaos and discontent and they are selfishly fuelling the current situation.

People need to open their eyes and hearts.