Journal of the Plague Year: Time traveling

Posted Monday, June 1, 2020 in News

Journal of the Plague Year: Time traveling

by Gina Hamilton

A friend pointed out that we had begun the year 2020 in 1974, as the Trump impeachment scandal unfolded. We then jumped back in time to 1918 as the largest pandemic in a century struck the world. Now we're in 1968, with race riots stemming from police brutality.

In short, in five short months (or interminably long months, depending on your perception), we've experienced many of the lowest points in American history.

Here in Maine, where we've had relatively low COVID-19 numbers, though a high percentage of those with the virus who have died from it,  and really very little in the way of race-related police brutality, it's hard to imagine the horror that is happening in other states. Our protests have been orderly, if that can apply to protests; certainly more orderly that the terroristic threats that we've seen at the statehouse and Blaine House, by overly armed and awfully well-fed juvenile white men (always, always, mostly men), fighting for their right to eat in a restaurant without a mask and get their hair cut. 

By contrast, the protesters in Portland have been polite, have been supported by and protected by police, and there has been little to no looting.

Comparing the protest chants of "I can't breathe!" which was whispered by murdered Minneapolis resident George Floyd while a white police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes until he really couldn't draw breath and died, and the childish complaints about wearing a mask uttered by the ammosexual terrorists at the state house ought to shame them into silence. But of course, it won't.

The one sad thing both the handful of armed anti-mask/open the hair salons terrorists and the hundreds of unarmed anti-fascist freedom fighters have in common, however, is that both groups are likely to kill other innocent people.

Because there is still a pandemic going on, and it's killing almost four percent of the people it infects, according to Maine CDC numbers.

It's virtually impossible to socially distance when you are protesting real injustice, the kind that truly is killing a sizeable number of our citizens every year.  Even masked and distanced to the extent possible, the protesters were still well within the danger zone.

Still, as Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young pointed out in "Ohio", "how can you run when you know?"

I don't know. That's one of the mysteries of this sort of sad time travel. Would that we could learn a lesson once and remember it for a few minutes, or hours, or days, or years.

 

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