Dr. Brian Williams, a trauma surgeon at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, speaking to Don Lemon tonight on CNN is breaking my heart. He’s so sad and struggling with dealing with not having saved all of the police officers on Thursday night.
And he’s also a black man sharing how he’s treated differently when he’s not in his white coat.
I don’t understand why people think it’s okay to kill police officers. I don’t understand why black men die in custody and they’re forgotten the next day. I don’t know why this has to be us against them. It has to stop.
I really struggled getting through work on Friday because I couldn’t help but watch the updates on what was going on around my city, after the mass shooting the night before. I cried about twelve times and basically felt stressed and sad and ready to check out for a while.
Sometimes you just need to hide from the world for a weekend so I spent much the past two days hiding in The Sims 4. It had been months since I’d played at all, and it was a really nice way to escape and reset a bit. Plus, I played at a desk that’s directly next to my husband’s desk, so we got lots of easy, hangout time. (And watching over his shoulder made me want to get back into my Fallout 4 game again.)
I restarted my Sims world and didn’t want to spend forever making people (because let’s be honest, I was going to spend forever on the houses), so I grabbed some people made by other players and ended up with these great Pretty Little Liars characters:
I mean, LOOK AT THEM. They look even more accurate in the game when they’re moving around and their personalities fit the characters perfectly. So weird/fun/nerdy!
Once I played them for a while, I was hooked on finding characters I’d “know” to add to my town, and ended up with these women too. Can you guess who they are?
It’s Taylor Swift, Anne Hathaway, Beyoncé, and Belle from Beauty and the Beast.
And she’s not in my game (yet?) but look!
Angelina Jolie! I feel like I don’t even have to put the name here because there’s no way you didn’t recognize her.
So, that was my weekend. I’m feeling much better and ready to tackle tomorrow.
(Also, I swear there are dudes in my Sims town, but I’ll be honest and say not that many. I did add a Cumberbatch Sherlock though!)
Watching video of a mass shooting in your own city is strange and sad and difficult. Keep Dallas, and the DPD, and everyone who was at the protest in your thoughts. (The Dallas Morning News is providing fantastic coverage, with an understanding of the city often not found in national media, if you need an update.)
Let’s also try to remember the protest before the shooting. It was peaceful and had the support of the police department.
I know there are police officers doing good work every day, including many in Dallas, where Chief Brown has turned the department toward community policing and deescalation over the past few years. And I appreciate them. But that doesn’t make those who aren’t doing the right thing less deserving of being held accountable.
We have to work together, from every side, to have a chance at fixing any of this. And while I agree that all lives matter, it’s important not to pretend like we’re all under the same threat and living the same American experience, because #BlackLivesMatter is a movement that needs us to listen and help where we can.