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.