We gotta start making changes
Learn to see me as a brother
Instead of two distant strangers
As someone who’s white and privileged thanks to a good home and great parents and a loving brother, I feel blessed. I wish we could all just get along. I’m lucky to have close friends who are like brothers and sisters to me and my family. You are the reason for hope in a chaotic and sad time. Our extended family are the Inner Circle.
I sympathize with that the family of George Floyd is going through. He should still be alive. Shame on the four racist cops in Minneapolis! Arrest the other three already and make a strong example. Lock them up.
No matter who you are, what your color is, race or ethnicity, racism should NEVER EVER BE TOLERATED! The irrational hatred has to stop. That includes any hate crimes, looting and violence in response to Mr. Floyd’s murder. As his courageous brother stated at a rally in Minnesota, you’re not doing anything. That accomplishes nothing and is counterproductive.
Shout-out to all the Staten Islanders from Stapleton, who peacefully protested over the weekend without any arrests. They marched to the 120 NYPD Precinct and communicated well with police officers. That’s a great job by everyone. I’m proud of the Forgotten Borough for reacting the right way.
These aren’t fun times for anybody. It’s important to keep perspective and remember how we should act. I’ve always said treat each other with respect and the way you want to be treated. That applies in life.
I chose the classic Tupac Shakur song, “Changes”, for that reason. What have we learned in over two decades since that came out posthumously. I remember when it debuted. It was on MTV when they cared about music and we were spending the New Year upstate in a cabin. Wow. That was cool. My friend Sinan reacted to the new song by saying, “2Pac did it again. He’s still alive.”
How I wish it were true. The thing about Tupac is his message was always very powerful. I’m not saying I agreed with everything he did. But he stood for something and was a legend. Still is because #LegendsNeverDie.
The message in Changes is simple. Let’s change the way we are. It still applies sadly. The world is mad and falling apart. What are you going to do to change it? Be part of the solution. Do the right thing.