This post is not about stairs.
It is about me trying to understand what’s happening in my city, country, and culture. I do it the best way I know how, through metaphors.
If you were walking up the stairs and saw this, what would you do?
A New Step #1 was recently installed with new wood. The Old Step #2 matches the original build.
Where would you put your weight to climb the stairs: On #1 or #2? In other words, the question is whether you trust the old or trust the new.
There’s no right answer in every case. Each case depends on the context and personality.
Put my weight on the new: The old step broke away due to time and disintegration. So it’s more likely that the other old step will break, too. The new was installed with newer, better parts.
Put my weight on the old: The old has still more experience than the new, which hasn’t been tested yet. Maybe it was installed wrong and I’m about to find out. The new could be incompatible withe the original build.
This post is about Daunte Wright and Kim Potter. It’s about split second decisions. About desperation and stress. About equality and justice.
Daunte Wright was killed by Kim Potter. This loss is a tragedy for our city, country, and culture. The protests, counter-protests, and surrounding conversation are as much about the moments that ended one life and changed another as it is about competing ideologies; about where we should put our weight.
Old Step #1 broke, and the New Step #1 inserted itself in. There is a new movement calling for justice, demanding outrage, and condemning silence.
We as a people are now looking at Old Step #2.
Is Old Step #2 sturdy or most likely to break?
Was the breaking of Old Step #1 an outlier occurrence, or was it an indicator that the old wood is disintegrating?
Do we trust the original foundations or do we think it’s likely to break and hurt someone else?
Is the New Step #1 incompatible with the original build, or is it more advanced with updated parts?
This very week, during the Chauvin trials of the killing of George Floyd, ideologies are arguing louder than ever again. We have to choose whether to protect Step #2 and trust the sturdiness that lasts. Or we have to choose to replace the outdated old wood and replace it with a newer and updated build.