To Petition the Government for a Redress of Grievances

I understand that the nationwide demonstrations to protest the murder of George Floyd and every death caused by policy brutality towards African Americans could spread COVID-19. That doesn’t mean the time isn’t right to hold the demonstrations. There is never a perfect moment to stand up and be heard. People risked more than their health in the Civil Rights Movement.

We have the right to protest. It is a right protected by the Constitution, a legal document that the current President is clearly not familiar with. And discussions of the health implications of the demonstrations or the law and order implications of demonstrations that turn into riots or the subtle nuances of what is and what is not tear gas only serve to distract from the reason why the protests are happening. Don’t change the subject. Listen, then change the algorithms.