I have been watching the events unfold in the United States in the aftermath of the horrific and senseless murder of George Floyd. It is heart-wrenching to see the pain, anguish, frustration, and anger that this event has appropriately unleashed.
While I condemn all violence and looting, I stand in solidarity with those who are demanding change, justice, understanding, reparations, and peace. I hope with all my heart that this seminal event finally – and once and for all – initiates and perpetuates real actions to root out those in positions of power and authority who actively or, worse yet, passively enable this oppression and violence against African Americans. Racism and injustice has got to stop, everywhere.
In the face of all of this I am torn as to whether or not I should continue to publish updates on what we have been doing, especially because it seems like we are living in a bubble. I would not want anyone to think that I am not emotionally impacted and hurting too or that I am glibly ignoring what is happening. I can assure you I’m not.
I reached out to several people in the US to ask them if I should continue to publish updates. I received overwhelming support to continue because, if nothing else, they tell me my posts are a much needed break.
With this feedback, I will keep going, but please know that I am watching the news constantly, staying abreast of what people are saying, doing, and sharing on social media platforms, applauding those who join protests (all over the world), encouraging anyone who steps forward to help enable positive change, and praying that my family and friends stay safe and unharmed during these tumultuous times, especially Treyvon, my nephew and Elliot, my step-brother.
Thank you for your kind support and understanding.
From Portugal with love,