Let me first start out by saying that this post is being written impromptu, so this will be much less polished than most of my content on here.
That being said, with how much the coronavirus situation has escalated in New York City just in the last couple of days, I thought that it was important to provide my readers an update on how I’m doing and how my city is doing. I hope to do this on a weekly basis, usually on Thursday evenings (though the timing of these updates, just like nearly everything else during this time, is subject to change). Note that this is in addition to, not instead of, my regularly scheduled posts on Monday evenings. Also note that all of these posts will tend to be impromptu in nature, so all these updates will have content less polished than most of my content on here.
Personally, I am doing about as well as I could be, considering the circumstances. I have job stability, so I am in no danger of losing my job. Furthermore, starting next week, I will be working from home. Finally, many (but not all, by any means) of the things I do at work are things I can do at home as well, so the change won’t be quite as jarring for me as it will be for some people.
However, the situation in New York City is not good at all. As of the time I’m writing this, over 3,600 New Yorkers have tested positive for the coronavirus (with 22 deaths). Worse yet, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a press conference late this afternoon that the city could be 2-3 weeks away from running out of some medical supplies. I am hoping Mayor de Blasio was being hyperbolic about the situation with our hospitals, but fear that he is not.
Needless to say, for those of you who are believers in prayer, please keep New York City in prayer. For those of you who are not believers in prayer, please keep New York City in your thoughts.
For those of my readers who are in the United States, please
remember to vote tomorrow.
While much attention may be focused on the election for
President that is about one year from now, the smaller elections are important
as well. Elections for local and state offices, as well as referendums on your
ballot, can have a major impact on whether certain injustices are addressed or
So, while the excitement may not be there for the elections
in 2019 quite like there will be for the elections in 2020, I encourage all of my
American readers to vote. As for all of my non-American readers, I hope that
you will also vote when/if you have elections.
I recently found out that I have been nominated for another blogging award—this time, another Mystery Blogger Award! I want to thank Ospreyshire’s Realm for the nomination—please give the blog a visit! I also thank Okoto Enigma for creating the award; you can find a link to Okoto’s blog here.
As for the rules:
the award logo/image on your blog.
whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
your readers 3 things about yourself.
have to nominate 10 – 20 people.
your nominees by commenting on their blog.
your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question
a link to your best post(s).
I’ve already done the first four on this list, so now to the
three things about myself (and these are three other things I haven’t shared
I have my own talents, playing a musical instrument isn’t one of them. I went
to a public school that taught violin for a time and then recorder for a time,
but I wasn’t exactly the best talent ever at either instrument.
was into singing, though…in choirs. Between 5th and 12th
grade, I was always in my school’s choir, singing at school Masses.
still enjoy singing, even though I haven’t been in a choir since 12th
As for the questions I was asked, here are my answers:
makes you an innovative blogger in your field? In my field (social justice
blogging), I focus on injustices we may be blind to and/or blindly commit. I
think this makes me innovative because most of the time, the injustices that we
want to focus on as bloggers are only injustices that end up in the news.
are issues that you’re passionate about? There are a lot of issues I’m
passionate about, such as racism, sexism, homophobia, ageism, indigenous
rights, ableism, immigration, and economic justice, just to name a few.
are three famous people that you would want to have coffee with? I’d love to
have coffee with Archbishop Desmond Tutu as well as Malala Yousafzai for
similar reasons— I admire how they integrate their faith with their work
(Anglican in the case of Archbishop Tutu, and Muslim in the case of Malala). The
third famous person I want to grab coffee with is a choice that may create
controversy with soccer/football fans who read my blog…because I’d like to grab
coffee with Jürgen Klopp, the manager of Liverpool Football Club. I’m not even
a Liverpool supporter, but he’s a funny guy with major interests and passions
similar to mine (football/soccer, faith, and, apparently, walking).
do you blog and what are your goals for your it? I blog so that people
(myself and others) can hopefully be aware of some of these injustices we
may’ve been blind to or blindly committed in the past. My goal is for that
awareness to spread on those “blind injustices.”
you rather own a house that’s attached to an ice cream company or one that’s
attached to a chocolate factory? Yes, that’s my required weird/funny question
for this award. Haha! I’d rather own a house attached to an ice cream
company! With a chocolate factory, I would end up limiting myself to chocolate.
But with an ice cream factory, I could have chocolate ice cream if I’d like,
but I could also choose to have something other than chocolate if I wanted.
Here are my nominees (with links to their most recent posts, as of the time I was drafting my award acceptance). This is in no particular order:
are you passionate about, outside of the topics you blog on?
made you want to blog on the topics you now write about?
do you enjoy the most about blogging?
is the biggest piece of advice that you think new bloggers need to hear?
you a superstitious person? If so, what is your biggest superstition? (That’s
my funny/weird question.)
Three of my best posts (these are different from the posts I
shared the previous time I accepted a Mystery Blogger Award) are:
“Men and Mental Health”: Given the suicide crisis with men in the United States, I thought it was important to really raise awareness on this topic. It looks like I was successful at that, with 115 WordPress likes as of the time of drafting this post!
“Racism Exists Where You Don’t Expect It”: This post, which I wrote nearly two years ago, is a favorite because I was able to turn a negative (racist writing in my neighborhood, including on my own family’s car) into a positive (this post on how racism exists where you don’t expect it).
“Addressing the Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting”: I was worried about the quality of this post because I wrote it literally the night before publication. But, looking back at the timing of the post (mere days after the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh), a blunt and relatively unfiltered view of just how deep anti-Semitism really was/is was maybe what was needed at that time.
Congrats to my nominees, and once again, thank you to Ospreyshire’s Realm for the nomination!
Klopp’s undergraduate thesis was on walking. Additionally, when he was the
manager of Borussia Dortmund in Germany, he enjoyed taking walks from his
team’s stadium to his home after matches.
I could write a 500-word+ blog post talking about some injustice, but since today is Election Day in the United States, I will only say two words that matter: please vote! But don’t just vote—if possible, please vote for people who have a plan to address one or more injustices.
Thanks for reading, and I hope that my readers can be part of a high turnout today!
P.S. Some of you may ask why I didn’t post this at my regular time. I didn’t post at my regular time because I wanted to make this “live” at a time when readers in all fifty states can act on my reminder easily. I therefore posted hours later (at or near the end of the workday in the eastern half of the U.S., late enough in the afternoon in the western half of the U.S. that people will hopefully remember to vote when they get home, during a late lunchtime in Alaska, and near lunchtime in Hawaii).
As my readers know, Blind Injustice is a blog where I talk about injustices that some of us may be blind to or blindly commit. I have that focus because I feel that there are many forms of injustice that we are complacent to or downright commit without realizing.
However, given the events of the past few days, I think it’s important to somewhat divert from the focus of the blog and talk about a very visible and hateful incident (or set of incidents) of injustice. Namely, the events in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The events in Charlottesville demonstrate that there are still injustices which are very painful, overt, and visible to everyone except those committing the injustices and their supporters. Among those injustices on display were bigotry, white supremacy, and calls for ethnic cleansing.
While this blog hopefully exposes some of us to a number of blind injustices, I hope that we also don’t ignore very visible forms of injustice such as what was shown by white nationalists in Charlottesville. To the contrary, all of us must call out the white supremacist terrorism of last weekend for what it was, and denounce it for what it was.