Covid-19 and Black Lives Matter

Although Covid-19 and Black Lives Matter are different from each other, they do teach us a common lesson.

What you do or don’t do affects other people.

In the case of Covid-19, if it’s life as usual for you, and you don’t wear a mask and social distance, your friend’s grandmother or grandfather could die.

You may never have met your friend’s grandparents. If you had, you probably wouldn’t have hated them–not enough to kill them. But if you were infected and asymptomatic, you could kill them and never realize what you did.

All because you didn’t inconvenience yourself. You seem innocent, you didn’t do anything obviously hostile, but grandma and grandpa are still dead.

In the case of George Floyd and Alfred Olango, if it’s life as usual for you, and you don’t mourn with those who mourn, but say “I didn’t know”, more unarmed black citizens will definitely die.

You probably never met George or Alfred. If you had met them, you wouldn’t have hated them–not enough to kill them. And since we are infected, and think we’ve washed our hands of our infection, we will kill more of them and never acknowledge that it was our servants who pulled the triggers.

All because we didn’t inconvenience ourselves. We seem innocent. We didn’t do anything overt, but more will die.

What we don’t do has an effect on other people.

About Ron Goetz

My first wife used to say, "There's nothing so sacred that Ron won't pick it apart." My desire to be a pastor -- that was a temperamental mismatch. She was so patient. If my birth mother had lived somewhere else, maybe I would've become a cold case detective. But I would have had to be J instead of a P, I think. And that mid-life reevaluation, starting adolescence as a GARB fundamentalist and transitioning to a non-theist, that gave me an unusual skill set.
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2 Responses to Covid-19 and Black Lives Matter

  1. Noel Goetz says:

    If I am in a car accident with another driver who chooses to wear a seat belt is it his fault if I am killed in that accident because I did not wear a seat belt? In the same sense, if I feel that I am at risk of Covid is it not my own responsibility to either wear or not wear a mask? Is it not my own responsibility to social distance? People with other auto-immune system diseases have been doing this on their own for decades. Why should your risk over-ride my freedom to choose? You can always choose to stay home. Based on your opinion, I have the right of the opinion that, the person at risk should in the same sense carry the responsibility to protect my right of the freedom to choose in as much protecting themselves is their freedom to choose. Health however is not a guaranteed right, risk it is the personal responsibility of the one at risk, not of every other person in the community. I will die. You will die. Grandma will die- that is a fact. It’s a matter of when, not how. And when where and how it happens is way above my pay grade.

    Secondly more unarmed whites are killed at the hands of policemen than blacks and doubly so when you take the number of felonious assaults and other crimes being ‘by percentage of race’ at the time those incidents take place. Meaning to say the statistics prove that more unarmed whites are killed than blacks by percentage of felonious behavior. Your claim doesn’t fit the facts. If based solely on numbers, shouldn’t we be protesting “White Lives Matter”? You can’t have it both ways (based on what’s factual and what is not factual).

    So then on one hand you advocate for personal responsibility and on the other you would probably argue that committing a crime (personal responsibility) at the time of death has nothing to do with intended or unintended consequences in committing a crime. But my opinion doesn’t fit the narrative because god knows it’s the popular narrative that reigns supreme over the facts. After you post my comments, I’d like to hear how your readers would respond in the light of my assertions. Thank you.


  2. Lane says:



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