Well, yes. This IS America.
(US Army attacks homeless veterans protesting in Washington, DC in 1932)
1960s Birmingham, Alabama
1970 attack on unarmed student protesters at Kent State University
Police action at peaceful UC Davis Occupy protest
Let’s not pretend like the police actions taken this week are anything new. It’s just the most recent manifestation of a problem America has had for a very long time.
One of my friends last night told me that she always thought I was ‘too cool’ for her when we were growing up. That I just give off this amazing confidence and strength and that I know who I am, and she never ever thought she would be able to talk to me, nevermind be my actual friend.
I never, ever thought anyone would ever say that to me. Like ever. I wouldn’t in a million years think that I’m cool or that I give off that vibe. Maybe I do now - through a lot of personal work etc…- but I had to smile at her in an ‘oh bless your soul’ sort of way. It was quite adorable, and super unexpected, but also felt a bit weird, like I was being punked.