Hoop Dreams and COVID-19

They took down the basketball hoops on our neighborhood basketball court. They physically removed the entire hoop leaving just a pole and backboard. Many of my neighbors cheered the act. You see, a few days ago some bored children were seen playing ball together on that court. I know this because it was all over social media. Our neighbors railed against the ignorance and bad parenting that would allow these children to play basketball in close contact during this time.

Forgetting To Remember

Yesterday was Memorial Day. For those of you who do not know, Memorial Day, first known as Decoration Day, is a United States federal holiday that commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in the military service. It is a day that we, traditionally, remember all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice so that the rest of us could live in peace and enjoy the freedoms our forefathers secured for us and our soldiers have continued to defend.

The Content of His Character

But yesterday’s inauguration wasn’t about economic policies and military strategies. No, it was about the fact that America has its first black President in our history. I gladly concede the historical and emotional importance this occasion has and will continue to have in our society and our history. I do not deny it nor would I attempt to underplay it. I understand it is a HUGELY momentous day to a great many people. A day that an entire generation of people still living thought would never, could never, come. Of the fact that our nation could elect a black President, I am proud.

© Jason A Clark  2020