This is one of those times that I, as a straight white male, feel under-qualified to comment on the events of the day. These happen more and more frequently as I get older. I don’t know if it’s because I am a little wiser and a little more self-aware now, or if it’s because these kinds of things are happening more often. I suspect it’s a combination of the two. I want to be supportive. I’m just not sure how to go about it without it being a blatant display of white privilege. I see people tossing out hashtags like #BlackLivesMatter, and of course I agree, it feels condescending, coming from me.
I am tired of futile, tail-chasing arguments with people I don’t really know on Facebook. I am dumbfounded by those who have the nerve to claim that this is not about race. I am filled with Orwellian dread when I see local policemen decked out like a military assault team. I feel like I need to Do Something… but I don’t know what that Something is. And I feel that whatever I do will be, at best, a hollow gesture.