George Floyd, Rest In Peace

George Floyd, Rest In Peace

(From May 30, 2020)

Dear LVC Friends:

We’re all feeling a range of emotions over George Floyd, in our LVC program city of Twin Cities, MN.  Those of us feeling sadness, or anger over this one incident, too many past incidents, or the unresolved 400-year relationship we have with each other in this country, feel we’ve lost something that should be right there within reach.  We see it so clearly, yet no matter how close we get to it, it seems to retreat farther away.  I have to admit that quietly (and not so quietly since I’m sharing), I wonder whether we will ever.  Reach it.  At all.

Social justice is personal.  It is my life, lived out today, with you.  It is what you and I say to each other, how we say it, what we do to each other, and how we do it, how we take care of each other, and how we don’t.   On a larger scale, being personal simply means it is George Floyd’s life, lived out until this week, with you and I as his caretakers, the laws both formal and unwritten his protection.  It is what we said to him, how we said it; what we did to him, and how we did it.  It is how we took care of George Floyd, and how we didn’t.  How we will take care of tomorrow’s George Floyd, and how we won’t.  This is as personal as social justice gets.  

LVC’s social justice experience is generally a safe, controlled environment.  For George Floyd, it was neither safe, nor controlled.  Perhaps the lesson for the LVC experience should not be what it’s like to work for social justice, but what it’s like to need it.  The two feel very different to me.  The first excites me.  The latter, today, has me in tears.

We evolve as humans too slowly for me.  I’m afraid that the fire next time will blaze stronger.  Whatever my wonderings, I remain hopeful.  Even if it takes the collective us too many lessons to get it right.

We’re communicating with our Twin Cities Volunteers, some living not too far away from the protests and fires, about their safety and health, and will continue to follow developments. Yes, your prayers and good wishes are important as a support to them, as is your help if you live in Twin Cities and we find we need you.

Thanks for listening,

Deirdre Bagley, President