Back to all news   June 11, 2020


First, let me say, my heart goes out to George Floyd’s family and pray for their safety!

I find myself not knowing for sure what to say. How do I not offend someone? Yet, my heart breaks over what has been happening in our country for many years.

How can we save our country! So much pain, anger, hatred, trauma, grief, and generations of oppression on blacks that is deeply rooted within our society.

A long time ago, I saw a Facebook post with a picture of a basket of eggs. They were each a different color, but once they were broken, their insides were all the same. Just like these eggs, looking deeper than the difference in skin color or where we came from, we are ALL THE SAME INSIDE. Anger is rising, and people are being killed or hurt. No one is better than anyone else. How can we stop this? We need to take a good look at our hearts, minds, and what has honestly happened over many years to answer this question. Then we can start thinking about the individual actions it will take to bring everyone together.

George Floyd was killed, and this is horrible, unacceptable, and injustice has to stop! We also have to stop hurting people or destroying their property when they had nothing to do with what happened.

I can’t say I understand your pain, but I know it is real, and many have suffered due to all the injustice and prejudice feelings in our country. YES, there needs to be justice. We cry out for peaceful protesting, but the belief is that peaceful protesting has not been heard. A little blip on the news and that’s it.

Who then do we blame? The police, local and federal government, different generations, the judicial system, riot inciters, and I am sure this list can be longer. When it comes right down to it, each individual plays a part in this as well. It takes one person at a time to change their way of thinking and ask ourselves how we can help improve this social injustice. A comment I made to my husband the other night was this: What if one of our 17-year-old grandsons were walking down one side of the street in Minneapolis, while a black boy of the same age walked down the other side. Precedents around the country suggest our white grandchildren would be ignored, while the black boy would many times be looked at with suspicion. Now is that the way it should be? I say NO.

We have seen this time and time again—mistreatment of people by police, political anger, and deceit. There is a history of changing laws to say we need to be tough on crime, which is true, but some of these laws seem to be written to oppress people of color. Written laws must be the same for all people, and we cannot pick and choose based on race or ethnicity. Based on what I have watched and read, the Minneapolis PD has overlooked unjust treatment, and they need to be accountable for their unfair actions. Our local and federal governments need to pay attention to unfair treatment and wrongful incarceration!! Like anything else, the police have far more good people than bad. Most are great and willing to give their lives to save others, and some have turned a blind eye on equal justice. I am not judging; this is just a fact. I have a great-nephew in the law enforcement that was shot in the head, just checking out a prowler in someone’s backyard. He is one of the great ones!!

I don’t know if you follow God or not, but the verse below, from the bible, gives us a great way to live no matter what!

1 Corinthians 13:4-7
4 Love is patient; love is kind. It does not envy; it does not boast; it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others; it is not self-seeking; it is not easily angered; it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

We all have our belief system. Freedom of speech is what this country is supposed to be about. How we share those beliefs can make or break our community, state, and country.

There have been so many great people who have protested peacefully, helped with the clean-up, brought food and clean-up supplies. THANK YOU!

I have been looking for ways I can help. Writing and sharing my thoughts with our local and federal government officials have been a few ways. Because I am in the baby boomer generation, I need to pay close attention to how others are affecting my thoughts. A long time ago, I made a conscious decision not to look at a person based on their appearance or color or ethnicity. Isn’t it sad that I even had to make that kind of conscious decision!

My thoughts and prayers go out for peace and happiness for everyone.
Gayle Christensen