Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

A Ray Of Hope

After George Floyd died of police brutality, thousands of people across the world took to the streets to vent their anger with Minneapolis police. A moving and understandable response, but also dangerous.

Although Floyd’s death was a blow to us all, we have to watch out that we don’t run into another strike from the coronavirus.

And with thousands of people marching together in droves, we may be setting ourselves up for a disaster.

Or so say the experts.

Skeptics seem to disagree.

A concern that’s often fired at the experts is, “Look at the numbers, coronavirus barely killed a fraction of the population. Self isolation is a joke.”

But that may be missing the point.

Yes, it’s true that the doomsday death wave didn’t happen. But who is to say that the isolation measures didn’t work?

This skepticism reminds me of the old Head & Shoulders commercials, where someone accidentally finds out their friend uses anti-dandruff shampoo.

“Head and Shoulders? I didn’t know you have dandruff.” To which the friend replies, “I don’t.”

That said, not every protester takes coronavirus lightly. Some marched down the streets knowing full well they could be spreading the virus.

So why did they throw caution to the wind to fight against police violence?

Because statistics say that 1 in 1,000 black men and boys will die at the hands of police. Which almost matches the mortality rate of the measles—a contagious virus that has near constant public health surveillance and prevention.

So although the American activists will help corona spread, the protests may potentially save more lives than the virus will take. Let’s hope it does.

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach