Images are powerful. Two recent ones stand out.

One man is pleading for his life as he is dying on a street in the Midwest while being detained by police.

The other is a man pleading for his livelihood as the business he worked hard to build is being demolished by American citizens on the West Coast.

The men, both African Americans, didn’t know each other, but were affected by the same senseless tragedy. Their families must be in overwhelming grief by such devastating loss.

What happened this past weekend was brutal. Protests erupted nationwide over the death of unarmed African American Minneapolis resident George Floyd by the actions of Caucasian uniformed police officer Derek Chauvin.

The tragic incident was captured on video earlier in the week and rage spread out across the country. What we saw was an unarmed black man, on the ground in handcuffs, and of no real apparent physical threat to anyone, as a white police officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes, draining the life right out of him.

It was horrific.

My thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Floyd’s family members in their time of unimaginable mourning, and also to everyone that has endured a loss of some kind because of these events, which are now bloodstained across the pages in our history.

Our hearts break for what many must be going through.

For residents of Nashville, Tenn., it was a particularly horrible effect as fires spread across that city burning down an historic courthouse and city hall by outraged protesters and too many businesses were destroyed in the wake by looters and rioters.

The city was struck by a massive tornado early on this year, then shut down by a global plague and just starting to come back, when people decided to destroy it, maybe not exactly in protest, but some, probably just to watch it burn.

Reports of outside agitators participating in this destruction are still being investigated.

Many across the country saw the same flames in over 30 U.S. cities and suburbs. Citizens were already without employment from state mandated lockdowns due to a fast spreading virus, and now, have very little hope of getting back to normal any time soon.

Inflicting pain on innocent people, who had already been trying to recover from those economic tragedies of job loss, and natural disasters, while fearing infection of a virus, honors no one.

For more on this story please pick up Thursday’s Tribune or purchase an e-edition.

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