No social gatherings of more than ten. It’s the rule that the United States has been careful to promote at all times. It’s why schools, conferences, events, and more have been canceled or postponed. It’s also why many people have had to forego funerals for their loved ones.
It seems that the excuse of the pandemic is only for certain remembrances.
When it’s convenient to push an agenda, social gatherings are acceptable.
If a man dies at the hand (or knee, in this instance) of a racist police officer, the country will forget about the pandemic. And the country will allow it for fear of being called racist themselves.
Last Thursday, hundreds of people filed into a chapel in Minneapolis to remember George Floyd. Not 10 or under. Hundreds. It was allowed because social distancing is only being regulated when it’s convenient.
George Floyd’s body is being brought to Houston, where he will be buried next to his mother. The city of Houston is already expecting thousands of mourners to come out to pay their respects. Again, it’s going to be allowed, despite the rules of not gathering in groups of more than 10.
So, social distancing is over? No.
According to the Minnesota Department of Health, they’ve started to loosen the rules. Funerals are limited to 50, though they state that services with more than 10 people where the participants are at a higher risk for severe illness should be postponed or canceled.
By that very tidbit, George Floyd’s memorial should have been postponed or canceled. However, it’s amazing what the country is willing to allow in order to make a point.
Meanwhile, social distancing is very much being followed in other parts of the country and the world. Every year, D-Day is remembered in Normandy. It’s when the beaches were stormed in 1944. It was one of the most important days in history, and it left 2500 dead and over 10,000 with severe injuries.
For the first time in history, the beaches of Normandy were empty. No veterans or members of the public would be allowed to attend ceremonies at the Normandy American Cemetery located in Colleville-Sur-Mer, France. A private wreath-laying ceremony took place instead, featuring representatives from both France and the United States.
During the times of the pandemic, there needs to be balance. What you do for one, you do for all. Isn’t that what this is all about? Treating everyone fairly? So why is it that George Floyd’s memorial is allowed to disobey social distancing regulations while celebrations of D-Day cannot?
The convenience of what is allowed shows how politics are at play in the simplest things that we do. The agenda is to spread a great divide. While one thing is said, another thing is done. We’re supposed to be treating everyone equally, which is why it can be so disappointing when racism rears its ugly head.
However, it’s clear that the pandemic is being used as an excuse. It’s only convenient to adhere to social distancing when it’s used to celebrate certain events. We have the pandemic in place, so we cannot remember the veterans of D-Day. We have to ignore the day in history when thousands died.
We have the pandemic in place, yet hundreds and even thousands can gather to remember one man? How is that fair? Why is this being allowed to happen? While what happened was tragic, it doesn’t follow suit with being fair and treating everyone equally.
The political agenda can be deafening. The Democrats allow the social distancing regulations to be ignored so that they can show off their support for one man and a broken system. Will they fix the broken system, though? No. They’ll continue to exploit it and divide the country over it because it’s their agenda.
It’s unfortunate. The pandemic is being used as a political tool in the United States. Meanwhile, all throughout Europe, social distancing is strictly followed. And, yet, we’re surprised when the number of COVID-19 cases continues to grow.