I hate posts that just comment on the hottest thing going on in the world. Here’s the thing, I’m the last guy you want to hear some commentary on Black Lives Matter! So, you get Pokemon Go commentary instead!
Okay, here’s my take on Black Lives Matter –
- If you say “All Lives Matter” you’re an ignorant asshole.
- Of course “all” lives matter, but “all” lives are not getting killed for basic traffic violations.
- I drove my car today. I was even speeding. At no point was I concerned a cop was going to pull me over and kill me for speeding, or anything else! I’m a middle-class white dude. That, by itself, is like a get out of jail free card for life!
- Black Lives Matter because right now we need Black Lives to Matter. Let’s hope at some point we can add the Black Lives to the All Lives, but right now we can’t yet.
- If you say Blue Lives matter, I get it. My brother is a cop. Cops get paid for shit. Have awful training, and are asked to make split second decisions in tense moments. They put their life on the line to protect civilians every day. Mistakes in that environment will be made, often. That’s a problem. When shots are fired, I hope and pray a cop will be there to protect me. Just like many were in Dallas.
Okay, now onto Pokemon Go!
- My 13 year old walked around in our neighborhood more in the past 4 days then he did in the past 4 years!
- Pokemon Go is f’ing brilliant. It’s the best thing to happen to wellness since, well, anything!
- You should support your unhealthy employees need to want to go and find Pokemon! It will be the most successful thing you’ll ever do in employee wellness.
- Also, on a side Recruiting note, did you realize there are nerd-herds out trying to catch Pokemon! Talk about great pools of IT talent just wondering around your city! Get on this! Pokemon Go is the best thing to happen to IT recruiting since Snap Chat! (he said completely laughing to himself knowing someone will truly believe this!)
Honestly, I love Pokemon Go. I saw so many teens out in my city walking and riding bikes the past few days! Interacting together, while completely looking down at their phones.
It reminded me of when I was a kid and my parents would lock me out of the house until the street lights came on. Well, almost.
I even say white kids and black kids walking together, almost hand in hand, trying to find Pikachu! Dr. King would have had a tear in his eye, that a Japanese multi-national company developed a smartphone app that would finally bring us together under a common cause!
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Perfectly said! Well done!
Perfectly said. You summed up BLM as simple and as complex as it is. Thank you. You say no one wants to hear your take on it but believe me, as a white man, your commentary recognizing the movement and the reason for it is so important.
Brilliant! If only we could pay someone to drop a Pikachu and a Jigglypuff into my office lobby…
Nice post about two hot topics. Well said!
Talk about hitting the metaphorical nail on the head. Great job, Tim.