I don’t really think I need to recap the current events our nation and world are facing.
It’s a confusing time. For many ongoing issues, 2020 has become the boiling over point.
Coronavirus was first diagnosed in 2019, yet the consequences of the highly contagious disease were not felt until this year. We became directly impacted via the quarantines, social distancing regulations, and the infection itself. We couldn’t have dreamed of the state of the world as it is today – truly, 2020 was the boiling over point.
There was – is – widespread fear about the pandemic – a fear that’s turned into prejudice against an innocent group of people.
And now, in the midst of this global chaos, the murder of George Floyd has sparked riots across the world for justice and reform within the law enforcement system. But these riots didn’t happen out of the blue. No… this is a boiling over point.
Earlier today, a pre-scheduled post when live. I wrote that up at the beginning of June as a fun post related to a book launch. I thought, back then, that for the week of June 7th, I wouldn’t need to post anything else.
But given the recent events across America, I can’t simply stay silent.
I don’t have the authority to speak on the issues of today. I can never experience what people of color experience. I don’t have enough life experience to really say anything substantial.
But what I can do is point you in the direction of people who may have a more informed perspective.
I know many of the followers of this blog are Christian, and as Christians, the current world may be hard to swallow.
Yesterday, my family watched an online sermon by Craig Groeschel that directly related to the Black Lives Matter movement and helped orient Christians struggling to understand and do something meaningful in the current circumstances.
I encourage you to watch this short sermon if you want to hear a Christian’s perspective on how to support the Black Lives Matter movement.
This next resource is for everyone, regardless of religion.
For anyone who wants to help, but isn’t sure how to, doesn’t have the time or money to spare, or perhaps is constrained in some other social way, I would like to share with you a list of YouTube videos whose creators plan to donate all advertisement revenue to organizations related to the Black Lives Matter movement.
This is passive donating. We all wish we could just dump our entire bank accounts into causes close to our hearts, but it just isn’t a realistic option. However, simply having these videos playing in the background can generate money for the creators of these videos that they will then donate to their chosen organization.
AdSense is a basic way YouTubers make money – for every person who watches an advertisement, the creator of the video gets a few cents. So, the more people who watch an ad, the more money a creator gets, and the more donations they are able to make.
If you choose to support Black Lives Matter in this way, it’s important to note that in order for you to actually make a contribution, you can’t skip any of the ads. You don’t really have to listen to the videos either – just plug in some headphones and let the videos play next to you as you work on something else – in fact, I’m doing that as I write this.
There will always be turmoil in the world for one reason or another. But when lives are on the line – when an entire group of people are being harmed, it does no good to sit back and do nothing.
I encourage you, in the very least, to stay informed with what is happening around the world. In the end, we all live on the same planet. Just because you don’t want to think about something, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist and doesn’t have the potential to impact you or someone you know later.