But this year, things are different.
This year, things have reached a boiling point.
In light of recent events including the horror in Orlando and the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police officers, some countries are even advising their citizens to NOT travel to the U.S. The Bahamas warned about “shootings of young black males by police officers,” while Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) warned their people about crowded places and to be aware of immediate surroundings.
In America. Home of the supposed free, the supposed brave.
Hullo, my fellow Americans. I’m just saying #blacklivesmatter.
You can add that all lives matter, but I’d prefer to stay focused on the horrible issue at hand….
…. which is racism… how profoundly it has raised its ugly head, swollen by aspiring presidential rhetoric, stoked by a country fully unable to admit we have a goddamn problem with gun violence, fostered by a whole world that in my humble opinion is also somewhat f**ked.