Don’t Tune It Out

Wake. Up. Now. #Baltimore

Black. Bunched. Mass. Mom.

“Oh my God, I haven’t even thought about that… what’s even going on down there?”

“This is why I don’t watch the news. I just don’t want to see that negative stuff, you know?”

“Oh, right, yeah… I’m so sorry. It just hasn’t been in the front of my mind. Didn’t really much watch of it. So bad with the kids around, you know? When the news gets bad, I don’t watch…”

That’s just a sample of the things people have said to me today. People who I like. People who know that I’m from Maryland. People who absentmindedly, in that small-talk way we do, asked me how I was doing this morning. Of course, they were halted by my honest answer:

“I’m having a rough time. I can’t stop watching what’s happening in Baltimore.”

It was supremely disappointing, time and again, to see people have to flip four switches…

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