TGIM 7/18/2016

Do you ever get nervous when being followed by a police car- even though you haven’t done anything wrong? It’s become a more typical response lately with the increased awareness of random violence and heightened security.

Can you imagine feeling that uneasy feeling all of the time? How about being scrutinized when walking down the street, or shopping, or simply sitting in a public place. I’ve been very aware of white privilege lately, and recently read a great blog post¬†about it and racism. It made me think long and hard about the inequities in our society.

I notice it most when I go to Seaside park in Bridgeport to bike or walk. In the summer there are lots of police, guards and city workers. It’s apparent that I register hardly a look while other groups of people recieve more scrutiny.

For this reason Jeff Cooks’ post resonated with me. As he says “I lived (and live) a life marked by opportunity and forgiveness; and while I may not have always had “much”, I have always had the benefit of the doubt”!

Doesn’t everyone deserve the benefit of the doubt? It’s a goal to strive for- in our own lives and in society.

Expect Health, Dr Matt

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