There will be no selection for today in solidarity with the music industry’s #theshowmustbepaused and the #blackouttuesday.  Although I feel strongly that music has tremendous power to heal and unite us, I understand and support the message of love and fellowship by so many artists.  We each must do what we can to spread the message of reform and togetherness in order to come out the other side better off than we are now.  And yes, I realize that posting this violates that blackout, but silently joining in doesn’t really do anything to spread the message.  The past week has seen some of the most disturbing and disappointing moments in my lifetime, and in the history of our republic.  The “action” taken by our commander-in-chief has been shocking, if not surprising.  The fearful retreat to the presidential bunker is especially in character for someone whose worldview ends at the tip of his nose.  It’s only natural that the worst leader in our country’s history uses his platform to rally his base and score political points at the most dangerous crossroads our nation has faced in decades.  He has taken the opportunity to further divide us along racial and political lines, and as abhorrent as that is, it pales in comparison to the threat of using military force against our citizens.  Its hard to know what to do in this situation, or even which outrage to focus on, there are so many to choose from, with more piling up every day.  There are also hopeful signs.  The images of police kneeling and marching with the protestors in their city shows that real reform is possible, as these departments are some of the ones who actually implemented real change after the events in Fergusson and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement.  It won’t be quick or easy, but these scenes prove that trust can be rebuilt in earnest between police and the communities that they serve as long as the will is there.  We have a lot more difficult times to come, but with a little idealism and understanding, it is possible for the people to take their police departments–and country–back from those who would misuse their authority.  It’s time to take the difficult first steps so that, someday, our children can be shocked by the events of the bad old days and not numb to the repeating cycle of violence.  More information and links about ways you can help and contribute financially can be found at https://www.theshowmustbepaused.com.  There is no way to sit this one out.  It’s time for each of us to make our choice.

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