Step up.

Our country is in a super shitty place right now, and I’ve been spending a lot of my days trying to figure out what I can do to help.

As far as the virus goes, I’m wearing a mask. I’m not leaving the house often. I’m knitting ear protectors for a pediatrician’s office. I’m getting groceries for my parents so they don’t have to go into places where most people are no longer wearing masks. (By the way, the people who are no longer wearing masks are selfish and awful. I was going to use the word Assholes after Awful, but I’m not a name caller.)

George Floyd was the victim of a completely senseless murder, and maybe you know a police officer who is a good guy. I don’t want to hear it. I don’t. And I don’t want to hear that you think Trump is a good guy. I don’t want to hear that you’re not racist. I especially don’t want to hear that you don’t see color and that all lives matter.

I’m not sure what to say or how to say it. I’m angry. I’m going to keep reading and doing research. I’m going to listen. I’m not going to expect someone else to teach me how to be. I’m going to not make it about me. I don’t know best. You don’t know best. Put on your stupid mask and try to understand what is happening. Let’s be willing to make mistakes and learn from those mistakes.

Black Lives Matter.

George Floyd lost his job during the stay-at-home order. He has a six-year-old daughter.

Breonna Taylor was working two jobs as an EMT. She had plans to go to nursing school and start a family.

Ahmaud Arbery wanted to be an electrician and own his own company.

Sean Reed was an active-duty airman first class in the 3P0 security forces career field.

Get to know them beyond what your news source may be telling you.