Back in the beginning of 2020, when most of the country was mourning Kobe Bryant, I was paying attention to news clips about a new virus.
I will acknowledge that when it first hit, I played it off, thinking it would be a new form of flu.
And then Italy closed.
I’m going to let that sink in for a minute.
Not some neighborhood in America called Italy. Not some restaurant. But the country. The entire muthafuckin’ country closed.
My boyfriend and I had been paying attention to things up until that point, and when I read that I said to him, “Maybe I should go to the store and start stocking up.” He agreed.
I was on spring break from graduate school and my child was on spring break from elementary school.
I told my mom that this was going to be serious and she told me to calm down.
But before we knew it, my kid and I were both having remote classes and I was working from home.
And steadily people started getting sick.
And steadily people started dying.
Then they told us that the first line of defense was wearing a mask. I have taken healthcare classes all my life, so the shit made sense to me. It would be an adjustment, but adjusting for the sake of the survival of myself and my family made sense to me, too.
But not republicans.
No, no. They had to make it about their goddamn rights.
I’m not against rights, but I don’t give a shit about the rights of those who make a living off of denying the rights of others.
No care for public safety. No care for their own safety.
We heard bullshit like wearing a mask is akin to slavery.
Really muthafuckas? Slavery?
If you had it your way, you’d erase the fact that slavery ever existed, and what would you compare it to then?
And due to their outrage, American stupidity heavily collided with the American love of lawsuits, to create a perfect storm of dumbass court decisions that have essentially hamstringed the government from protecting us when the…