My city was literally on fire last night. I just woke up and am getting up the nerve to read the news to see what is still on fire.
The mayor (who is an African American woman) imposed a 9 p.m. curfew, announced it at a bit over 8:30 and said everyone on the street after 9 would be arrested - except, the CTA was completely shut down, they raised the bridges that span the river so no one could leave via the north, and they closed entrances to Lake Shore Drive (which, duh, runs along the lake and is a major way out of downtown) and the expressways (also major ways out of downtown).It felt very much like they were trying to pen in the protestors so they’d have an excuse to arrest them. I think that was the most terrifying part of this whole thing and I am unsure how to process it.
I don’t see how any of this ends. Though, I think that really all of us should be revolting in the streets for multiple reasons. And I feel like a huge asshole for not wanting to put my safety and my health at risk to go be there. I feel helpless and scared.
I decided last night to donate all of my Etsy sales to the various funds in MN. June is usually my top sales month outside of the holidays because of Pride so maybe I can get together a decent amount of money to help. I can’t think what else to do.