This past weekend, protests and riots raged across the United States in response to the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin last week.
Organized protests against police brutality against black Americans isn't a new phenomenon. However, there's a looming cloud over these protests. The energy feels different this time.
We are facing a summer that will define the history of this country for generations to come.
The protests carry the weight of several factors that have begun to explode. The majority of Americans have tolerated so much over the last few years, clinging to hope for effective leadership. As a nation, we have finally realized that the direction we crave genuinely doesn't exist. That guiding voice? The North Star, who will lead us through all of this uncertainty, anger, and frustration, doesn't look like it's going to be showing up anytime soon.
I believe that these protests and riots feel different because this time, America knows the cavalry isn't coming to save us.
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