Not Just a Can of Paint

…a can of paint (Martinez, CA)

I will keep this short…

There is a global pandemic…Covid-19
…also anti-black racism
…also violence against women
…also fear and isolation of disabilities.

…and more.

The United States faces its own unique epidemic…gun entitlement
…also militarized (hyper-masculinized) concepts of policing
…also health and wellness that is the national equivalent of cotton in the early 1800s.
…also an economy that relies on poverty
…and a distrust of knowledge and information.

…and more.

Together, these make for a powerfully toxic stew. We cannot fix one, without fixing the others. We cannot have a response for one, without a response for the others. More police will not fix the spike in gun violence. Fewer guns will not de-militarize policing. Ending violence against women will not un-enslave millions from health care that wants to keep them sick and without access. Fixing healthcare alone will not end the assault that men and the government wage physically and culturally on women’s bodies. We have to be willing to look holistically at strategies to untangle the whole knot.

…the solutions to social discord and sickness and violence and fear is not as simple as a can of paint or choosing not to wear a mask out of self determination.

Human beings have incredible capacity, to learn, to understand, to grow, to evolve. It is time for us to reclaim these capabilities before we forget that we have them altogether.

Please also read this important information from Everytown for Gun Safety about the connection between gun sales, gun violence, our response to covid-19 and public health: Gun Violence and COVID-19


Originally published at on July 7, 2020.



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