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Fri Jul 24, 2020, 05:48 PM

A nice story to kick off the weekend [View all]

Just got back home from my daily commute. I'm a blue dot in a sea of red here in rural northeast Georgia and am keenly aware of the issues involving the police and persons of color. I'll admit that I've never personally witnessed police brutality here, but that's not to say it doesn't happen, I just don't get out much.

Anyway, driving home, our two lane road was funneled into one, and as we inched closer I could see why: there had apparently been a minor accident and police and a tow truck were on the scene. As I slowly passed, I noticed a middle-aged AA woman speaking to a white police officer who looked to be around 60. You could see she was emotional but under control. Then, out of the blue, she approached him and gave him a hug. She backed away and he looked back at her with compassion and kindness. It was one of those moments I wished I'd had a camera, because it was sweet and impromptu and damned if I was the only person in the world at that moment that caught it.

Anyway, BLM and systemic race issues in law enforcement absolutely do exist and absolutely need to be addressed and remedied. But for one moment, I saw what I think all of us want to see: 2 human beings, one vulnerable, one with a badge, one black, one white, both displaying a humane and cooperative spirit at a time in America that desperately calls for it.

I think this is going to be a good weekend.

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