The gaslighting that’s going on is next level. Don’t you dare shame people for wondering why last week protesting was killing grandma and today it’s acceptable. This is an absolutely valid question. Kids lost months of schooling. Businesses were destroyed. Hospitals went under.
Mental health suffered. People lost their jobs and their homes. People died alone in hospitals or weren’t allowed to be buried. And everyone was told it was because of “science.” And good people did the right thing and now science doesn’t matter?
We will always support the right to protest, even in the midst of a pandemic, no matter who it is or what the cause. But the same people shaming everyone two weeks ago are now singing a completely different song and sorry–you don’t get to say “when we do it, it’s righteous.”
People are rightfully furious about police brutality. They are also rightfully furious that they were told to stop everything for three months and were further locked in their homes while thousands of people marched in the streets and they watched helplessly as cities burned.
The only answer seems to be, “Protesting racism is important.” But going to school is important. Having a job is important. Visiting your elderly relatives is important. How do we decide which activities are important enough to risk spreading the virus?