You’ve seen the pictures, watched the videos, and consumed the news reports on the protests taking place in Minneapolis and other cities across the nation in response to the death of George Floyd. In several instances, the demonstrations have morphed into full-on riots that have destroyed buildings and wreaked havoc in the community.
But there is one aspect of these occurrences that has gone largely unnoticed by both conservative and progressive media outlets, and much of the American public is being misled by bad actors whose objective is to cause chaos without carrying any blame.
Many Americans seem to be under the impression that the violent demonstrations are being mostly carried out by black residents of Minneapolis. Indeed, several of the videos showing the looting and mayhem display black individuals engaging in this destructive behavior.
As a singer I sing at many funerals & I was recently asked by a funeral director to play & sing at a graveside service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper’s cemetery out in the country. As I was not familiar with the area, I got lost. I finally arrived an hour late and saw that the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch. I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late. I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. I didn’t know what else to do, so I started to sing. The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. I sang from my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends.
As I sang “Amazing Grace”, the workers began to weep. They wept, I wept, we all wept together. When I finished, I packed up my keyboard and started for my car. Though my head hung low, my heart was full.
As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, “I’ve never seen nothin’ like that before and I’ve been putting in septic tanks for twenty years.” Apparently, I’m still lost….