8pm curfew and we can hear car horns and sirens blaring, smoke is in the air.
midnight and we hear gunshots, loud booms, sirens.
4:30am and the sirens continue. a storm arrives; the thunder adds to other unidentifiable sounds and is unnerving. we sit, awake.
early morning and the sun has risen to a stormy day. smoke fills our house from buildings, structures, vehicles burning in downtown and uptown kenosha. it is hard to breathe. but we are very much alive.
the town is shoring up the lakefront. the bedrock is crumbling. every time a storm comes, particularly from the north or northeast, the erosion is profound and feet are lost along the shore. enormous boulders are being brought in to nest next to the smaller granite boulders already in place, to protect lives and property. the theory is that these granite boulders will buffet the shoreline against the raging winds, the elements, the squalls, and the resulting rocks flung westward when those aggressive storms come.
the tempest of social injustice is railing. the coastline between white and black is hot and the fire of anger is raging. jacob blake, an african american man, who is right between the ages of My Girl and My Boy, was shot seven times in the back by a police officer on sunday. he is fighting for his life and the community is fighting to be heard.
what will tonight bring?
as the bedrock of this community crumbles we wonder what seawall will be built to protect all, to guard against inequity, to keep everyone safe from violence, to stop the injustice against black members of our community, our state, our country? what intelligent, articulate conversation will take place? what questions will be asked; what wisdom will be proffered? what compassion and generous action will be offered? how will we buffet against the rocks of hatred and bigotry flung by aggressive hostility? what will the boulders of change look like?
“the wise man built his house upon a rock, house upon a rock, house upon a rock. the wise man built his house upon a rock and the rains came tumbling down.
the rains came down and the floods came up. the rains came down and the floods came up. the rains came down and the floods came up and the house on the rock stood firm.
the foolish man built his house upon the sand, house upon the sand, house upon the sand. the foolish man built his house upon the sand and the rains came tumbling down.
the rains came down and the floods came up. the rains came down and the floods came up. the rains came down and the floods came up and the house on the sand went splat!”
we have some decisions to make. as a community, a state, a country. what will we do? will it be sand? again? or will it be rock?
read DAVID’S thoughts this TWO ARTISTS TUESDAY
August 25, 2020 at 6:48 pm
Hard to have a civil conversation when one side is burning the community down
They are trying to get what they want through violet protests not peaceful ones which are encourage by the Constitution.
Until folks can sit down and peacefully speak together, there will be no peace…….
August 26, 2020 at 6:53 pm
Worried for you and David. Worried for your friends and your community. Worried for who will be elected to head our government in a couple of months. Worried for the future of our beautiful country and the next generations. I live on the edge of Minneapolis, where the fatal shootings of George Floyd, Philando Castile, Justine Damond and others are seared into our collective memory. Protests peaceful and not. We’ve seen businesses which provided needed services one of our more marginalized communities looted or burned to the ground by individuals consumed by rage, some of whom didn’t even LIVE in those neighborhoods and so don’t have to deal with the fallout.
The anger is justified. The destruction, taking of life in revenge is not. There must be a better way.