Summer Sixteen Has Been Anything But Sweet
Written by Tamara M. on 18 July 2016
Between a rash of high-profile officer-involved shootings to civilian-on-police massacres in Dallas and now Baton Rouge to increasingly angry and violent protests to the condemnation of Black Lives Matter to polarized views nationwide, Summer Sixteen has turned out to be anything but sweet. Reminiscent of the 1960s with a cultural revolution seeming to take shape, there’s a different vibe in the air, a different feeling like this is only just the beginning.
Sides are being drawn in regards to race with black versus white and civilians versus law enforcement where it has to be one or the other and things are too often seen in black and white with underlying factors taken out of the mix. Many people are declaring this is the end of days, a distraction to enforce martial law, a race war and such. Or perhaps, maybe this just happened to be the perfect imperfect environment for decade upon decade of frustration to over boil, for chaos to erupt.
Maybe this has been the time to turn an apathetic generation into a generation with a statement, a generation with a bold message for change. Maybe this has been the summer when words have stopped being enough and drastic measures have taken over, but at what cost? Is this really the way to make a change?