This morning, Mr. Handsome and I again awoke to news of extreme destruction in Downtown Nashville. When this happened in March, the culprit was a tornado. This time, the damage was caused by a riot that began peacefully and turned violent.
We had business to take care of that took us into Downtown Nashville today. As we drove down Broadway and 2nd, we saw windows being boarded up and evidence of looting that had taken place the night before. The courthouse, which was saved from attempted arson, was covered in graffiti. Thankfully, all the broken glass had been removed, and the businesses that had not been impacted were open to customers. It was a beautiful day, and there were a lot of people walking around.
The violence in Nashville and across the country is devastating, especially in the midst of the economic turmoil that has already resulted from COVID-19. Hearing stories of business owners who have lost their livelihoods has brought me to tears. My heart breaks for the family and friends of George Floyd. The way he was treated was completely inhumane. However, I do not believe that violence is the answer.
Mr. Handsome and I are praying for George’s loved ones, as well as for safety for those protesting and the law enforcement officers risking their lives to keep the peace.