Weekly Recap #157: Week of 5/31 – 6/6


It’s time for another weekly recap post of all things happening on and off the blog. This week I’ll be linking to the Sunday Post, which is hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

I honestly have no idea what to even write this week. What is going on in this country and even in my own town makes everything that is going on in my own life feel so small and insignificant. The police brutality we’ve all witnessed makes my heart sick, as does the lack of leadership coming out of the White House.  I typically try not to get political on the blog, but in my mind, police officers abusing their power and, in particular, abusing it over and over again when it comes to the black community, is a civil rights issue and even more basic than that, it’s a human rights issue.  My heart breaks for the black community. They can’t even finish grieving for the loss of one life before the police take another.  And I have no interest in debating whether it’s just a few bad apples or not when it comes to the police.  If you’re wearing the uniform and you’re not a “bad apple,” then it’s time for you to prove it.  Step it up and call out your fellow officers who are engaged in this completely unacceptable behavior.  The arrests and the charges against George Floyd’s murderers give me a little hope, but the question is will those charges actually lead to convictions?  I hope so, but I have to admit I’ve lost a lot of faith of our justice system the past few years.

What I do have faith in though is people.  The peaceful protests this week have already created some changes I never thought I would see.  Confederate statues are being removed in my state’s capitol, and even in my own city, a slave auction block was finally removed from the downtown area a couple of days ago even though our pleas to have it removed have been ignored for years.  The changes are small but I hope they are the first of many, and I hope these protests will have a long-lasting impact.

Anyway, that’s all I’ve got.  I hope everyone out there is staying safe, healthy, and is practicing social distancing.  Have a great week!


















24 replies
  1. Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy
    Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy says:

    We have a petition going on in our city to remove a Confederate statue, so I guess its happening all over. I love how people are coming together over all the tragedy, but it shouldn’t be that way to begin with. Hopefully the loud voices of the protesters and the power of social media will make a difference!

  2. Angela
    Angela says:

    It’s just so hard to watch the news lately; there just seems to be no good news. I’m glad that the peaceful protests seem to be making a difference, though.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Right? I’ve gotten to the point where I just don’t even turn on the TV anymore. It’s all just too much. I am really glad that the peaceful protests seem to bringing about some change and definitely hope the change continues.

  3. Vi @Inkvotary
    Vi @Inkvotary says:

    I am across the big pond, but I sign every word in your post. It is horrible to watch and I do hope that the small changes that have already taken place will lead to even bigger ones. Stay safe and well.

  4. sjhigbee
    sjhigbee says:

    Oh, I can imagine your heartache only too well… I was absolutely horrified when I saw the video – how sickening! I hope that the protests will finally prevail and attitudes by those in power will start to shift. I hope the coming week is a better week – for all of us…

  5. Sophie
    Sophie says:

    Suzanne, I don’t like debating politics on the blog either but here, it really was so horrifying that I could not stay silent. The problem is that your president is not leading by a good example either. That’s not news and I know this makes all my blogger friends rage but when the chief of a nation is backing up sexist and racist behaviors for years of course these bad apple will feel protected and “good citizens”. I know you haven’t “asked for this” don’t worry but I just wanted to point out that to have a change it also should come from the top of the country. Oh how I miss Obama! Stay safe Suzanne!

  6. Greg
    Greg says:

    I am really hopeful and heartened too to see some changes happening, although I’m also concerned it won’t be enough or will pass without enough change. Thanks goodness the protests are still happening, and that so many white people are getting involved. Maybe this time will be different? We can all hope and continue to act. I totally know what you mean though. And the sheer SCALE of the police brutality has been shocking to me. They keep doing it even on CAMERA!

    Anyway The Guest List and In A Holidaze both look great!

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Right? The fact that the police aren’t even trying to tone it down knowing they’re being filmed really freaks me out.

  7. ShootingStarsMag
    ShootingStarsMag says:

    It’s been a seriously rough week in the U.S. I’m glad that small changes are being made, and that arrests are happening, but I do hope they actually lead to convictions. I’ve definitely lost faith in a lot of things throughout the years – the police, the justice system, etc. Like you, though, I do believe in everyday people and I hope more change (good change) is coming.


  8. Becki
    Becki says:

    People who care and speak out is how change will come about. And it’s about time! Definitely chaotic times that will hopefully end with some positive changes. I’ve got The Guest List on my library wait list to read once it’s available. Thanks for sharing and take care!

  9. Literary Feline
    Literary Feline says:

    I am glad to hear some change is coming from the protests. And I am glad to see so many people showing up to support the black community and stand up against racial injustice. I only hope that more changes come–and that these changes stick. We all have so much work to do.

    I hope you are enjoying your reading. I am looking forward to reading Party of Two and The Last Train to Key West. The other two you are reading are new to me, but they both sound good as well. I hope you also enjoy your new books!

    Have a good week, Suzanne. Take care and stay safe and well.

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