Within the last week, I asked a fellow film blogger if writing about non-movie topics would be something that would be bad form. They were encouraging. The plan wasn’t for George Floyd to be the first thing I write about but there’s no way to just sit back and continue to see these incidents and not speak out.
Last night, I started writing a post about the murder of George Floyd by former Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin. In the course of the writing, President Donald Trump tweeted:
These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!
At that point, disgusted, angry and concerned for the innocent lives put in jeopardy by such a careless and thoughtless Tweet (not the first, not the 50th and surely not the last) from the second place finisher in the popular vote of the 2016 U.S. Election, I read back what I wrote. None of it seemed fitting anymore. So, I backed away, went to bed and slept on it. It’s been almost 24 hours and so much has happened since then. Much like every news cycle in 2020 and honestly, since January 2017 when Donald Trump assumed the office of President, the speed at which new news becomes old is astounding. But none of that matters right now. That’s not what this post is about.Read More →