History Repeats Itself

I’ve just come back from watching protesters march down Fifth Avenue, a block from my house, rightfully outraged over the brutal death of George Floyd, in Minneapolis, this past Monday.

The crowd was mixed, meaning not just people of color. I saw a vet I know walking beside a priest, and a group of well heeled high school kids waving small white flags. A mother with 4 kids carried a sign…

BLACK LIVES MATTER!

Police stood vigil.

Unlike the protests in Brooklyn, there was no violence, yet unrest lurked in the air.

Our country right now is like a raw nerve, the virus causing us not to be at our best. Certainly not an excuse, but a gentle explanation.

I walked to The Church of Saint Thomas More that’s still open for private prayer.

I went in and lit three candles.

One for George Floyd, one for our country, and one for Bobby Kennedy who was suddenly very much alive in my mind.

I saw him on the back of that flat truck, speaking to a crowd that had yet to learn of the death of Martin Luther King, earlier in Memphis. Though late, they had waited for him in the rain since, alongside Dr. King, he was their hero.

He was told not to go, it would be too dangerous, but he went anyway, disregarding the notes his speech writer scrawled on a napkin.

Instead, Bobby spoke from his heart.

April 4, 1968

Indianapolis, Indiana.

I have bad news for you, for all of our fellow citizens, and people who love peace all over the world, and that is that Martin Luther King was shot and killed tonight.

Martin Luther King dedicated his life to love and to justice for his fellow human beings, and he died because of that effort…

What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness; but love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or they be black…

Let us dedicate ourselves to that, and say a prayer for our country and for our people.

Yes, history repeats itself.

Two months later, he too, would be no more.

God grant me the serenity, to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the  things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

AMEN

SB

 

 

About Susannah Bianchi

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67 Responses to History Repeats Itself

  1. skinnyuz2b says:

    Throughout history, too many people have had the need to feel superior. The looters that come out and claim to be protesters don’t help either.
    We need another Bobby or MLK.

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    • That footage always moves me so. He looks like a deer who emerged from the woods. Looting. Oh my. Haven’t thought of that. Thanks for reading me still Skinny. I’ve lost so many readers because I don’t read them. I only want those who truly read me because they simply ike how I write. Not to glean an empty LIKE. Always a downside though.

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  2. Vasca says:

    Sadness has overcome me. Thankfully our family…Michael, our four sons and myself were privileged to live in homes with those of other nationalities, colors. It was good training, good examples for us. Our country is called ‘a melting pot’ and it seems almost every country is the same these days. We are all mixed with every color. There are bad people just as there are good people….good actions and bad actions. Christ teaches us to love our neighbor as ourselves and who exactly would that be? Everyone…every single one. We must love without exception. I no longer judge people – that is God’s job. I pray for our country, for our leaders, for those who are angry, those who are hurting and mourning. God please forgive all our shortcomings and lift us from the evil that is rampant in this wonderful country, In Christ’s name, Amen.

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    • We seem to be going backwards. Leaves me rather speechless. I think of John Lewis, one of the original 13 Freedom Riders, last man standing if you will, watching all of this. He’s 80, battling pancreatic cancer. For him, it must be Selma Alabama all over again.

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  3. kingmidget says:

    It’s amazing how absent and quiet our “leaders” have been the last few days. Just amazing. I’ve suggested to CNN that they should invite all living former Presidents the opportunity to speak to the nation today, since the current occupant of that office is incapable of the empathy necessary at this time and seems only capable of more division. Somebody needs to say something, to speak something, to try to reduce the rage. Somebody.

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    • I can’t help thinking that Hitler, too, hid in a bunker. I don’t know what to say Midget, it’s all so horrible, from start to finish. sigh

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      • kingmidget says:

        I worked in downtown Sacramento for a little over 20 years until retiring at the end of February. I worked in a historic building – the first state office building built once state government outgrew the State Capitol, which is across the street. The building was built in the 1920s. Classic architecture with statutes and everything. It’s been defaced with graffiti over the past couple of days. Something that had never happened during any of the other protests that occurred over the last 20 years. Places downtown look like war zones. Businesses I frequented have been looted and destroyed. And for what? It has nothing to do with George Floyd or any legitimate message. It is just punks taking advantage of the situation, destroying indiscriminately because they can. They need to be stopped. I support the protestors, but the rest? I’d be fine with calling up massive amounts of national guard troops and having them put an end to the violence that has overwhelmed the real message of the protestors.

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      • Gee, I love the part of you working there. Around all that history. And you’re right. This behavior is so out of hand. You should see it here. If I get one more call or email telling me not to go out, you’ll hear me scream from there. What happened to America the Beautiful? She’s on the lam.

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      • kingmidget says:

        I always liked working in the building. Some didn’t because, you know, older buildings get creaky and cranky. But the history of the place was wonderful. In the lobby area, the walls have photographs taken from when the building was being build, and from even earlier. Some of the photos are from the 1880s and 1890s and show what the area looked like back then. Dirt streets, wooden sidewalks, the trees were either non-existent or much smaller than now. Men at the construction site in suits!! Loved the history.

        I won’t tell you to go out, but I will say “be careful.”

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      • i would love to see that. If it could only talk, right? Wow!!!

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      • kingmidget says:

        Oh, the building certainly has stories to tell. The first floor men’s restroom was where legislators and staff would hide for … hmmm, how to say this … gay liaisons back in the day when they had to remain in the closet. When I first started working there in 2002, that same bathroom was frequently used by the homeless as their shower facilities – using the sink for such purposes. After a few years, they put a stop to that by putting locks on the bathroom door. Which always bothered me. It’s a public building, it should have a bathroom open to the public.

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      • Wow..I LOVE THAT. Why don’t write about it. Send it in to a newspaper. I’ll bet no one knows anything about something so distinguished. You’ve totally tantalized me.

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      • kingmidget says:

        I’d have to come up with more. 😉

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      • Look all you wrote already, just off the cuff. I think you do some research. You were there. It’s like you’re friends.

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      • Plus, you’ve been itchin’ to write something. You told me, plus it shows. It’s why you engage in daily repartee. 🙂

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      • kingmidget says:

        I’ll add it to my list. 😉

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      • I’m merely encouraging you, from one writer to another.

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      • kingmidget says:

        That should have said I won’t tell you not to go out…

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      • No matter. We welcome typos here at athingirl.com. 🙂

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  4. Some will draft letters to the government, others will create signs for protest demonstrations, I may do so tomorrow though today on this day of pain …
….I elect to write a post to this blog.
“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.”
― Mahatma Gandhi


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  5. I remember Bobby’s speech as well. You are right about the country being on a raw nerve and the sad thing is we have no Bobby Kennedy to help make it better.

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  6. Eilene Lyon says:

    Susannah, I think most people know violence is not the answer. Only peaceful, sustained protest can truly bring about the changes we want to see. “An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.”

    It’s sad that this world seems to lack the charismatic and caring, empathetic leaders it really needs now. I hope your neighborhood doesn’t become a war zone. What a stupid waste that would be.

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    • My neighborhood has become prepared. I was astonished to see a long truck going store to store, boarding up windows. There I was calmly on my way to buy oranges. I felt like I was watching a film being made.

      Of all the individuals to be at the helm during this, Mr. Trump is certainly not the one. He seems to be going mad right before our eyes, yet no one is doing anything about it, as if it weren’t polite.

      I don’t think peace is on his mind. Golf perhaps? Reelection? The funny thing is, and it’s not so funny, I know so many people prepared to vote for him again. Talk about blindness. Poor George Floyd in more ways than one, because this isn’t about him anymore, this raging. It’s a demonic response to our lives being abruptly curtailed because of a phantom plaque our leader failed to protect us from. My two cents that’s not worth much. Might get you a cup of coffee, or at least an orange Eileen. Thanks. And yes, an eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind. Really says it all.

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  7. robprice59 says:

    Racial hatred endures, all over the world. There must be a reason. All the science, morality and logic say it’s madness but still it lingers. My cynical heart says “follow the money”: someone must be getting rich out of all of this.

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    • The news is remarkable and I truly think the Leader of the Free World, has gone round the bend. He’s not doing much to quell the violence. He’s more the human match to gasoline.

      Even where I live, stores have boarded up their windows for fear of looting along Madison Avenue. This poor guy who died because that policeman snapped, this virus that takes your breath away in more ways than one, is an excuse for all the fear and unrest surging like a tidal wave. I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t like it too much since his family called him…a gentle giant. sigh

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  8. Dale says:

    I thought I had commented.
    The Lincolns, the Kennedys and the MLKs tried to make a change and died for it. Pretty much anyone who tries to push for peace and love and brotherhood has died for it. There is something in the DNA that is resisting so hard. The question is why in the fuck?

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  9. Why in the fuck? Or 100 other versions of this question have come out of my mouth more times than I’d like to count since this started. When I see people posting MLK quotes on social media, in the context of “he did it in peace,” I want to scream. I guess the beaten by authorities for that peace, arrested for that peace and murdered for the peace is forgotten. This country needs a GIGANTIC history book.
    Thanks for sharing Bobby’s speech. Those are the words we all need to hear right now. Unfortunately, our current leadership is incapable of providing such wisdom.

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  10. I wish we had someone like Bobby Kennedy around today. 😦

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    • They kill the Bobbys David, even now I’d suspect. Goodness seems to have no place in our present world, though they’re are sparks still flickering if one takes the time to notice them.

      Be the change you want to see, is still my motto to prove Gandhi, also snuffed out like the candle he was, didn’t die in vain.

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