The vitriol I saw coming from the conservative right did more than anything before to solidify my view that racism is real, systemic, evil, and needs to be dealt with now. The summer’s civil unrest was in my own backyard, so to speak. I had zero issues with the protestors, but saw white privilege co-opt the protests for unlawful activities and distraction. It sickened me. It also motivated me to get off my comfortable couch and DO something to help my BIPOC friends and neighbors. Then watching the full video of George Floyd’s murder on the first day of Chauvin’s trial lit a bonfire of rage in my heart and I will not stop working to end the disgraceful behavior of white supremacy. I know I will never be the same.