Why do we give a pass to televised heroes, to billion-dollar pay-offs, to humans who beat humans in front of their children—and who threaten their children? Read the above letter, a police report from Floyd’s 10-year-old child…then tell us who won tonight. Domestic violence is a scourge. Awareness and rehabilitation—not further hate—is what’s needed.
It’s a vital issue to children, and adults, and parents, and our culture. And yet…even some of our readers believe domestic abuse should be ignored in the face of such “sport.”
No: compassion, or empathy, or kindness, in this case, is shining a light on such shadows. We all experience aggression, attachment, willful ignorance. Here’s some Buddhist advice on breathing through anger:
Tonight, the bad guy won one. But life is the contest worth doing right.
Why do we excuse his domestic violence? Ray Rice did not and should not get such a pass, for example.
This is not a sport. See the video of Floyd’s wife, carried on a stretcher, and his three small children, below.
“This was in 2010 – Koraun was 10 years old.
Floyd ended up serving approximately two months in jail for this.”
“Looks like all 3 kids will be living with the trauma. this is footage from the guard shack where they run for help. ends with footage of their mom being wheeled away on the stretcher. Look how young that 3rd kid is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXa0GMsyTNE [not embedded: trigger warning]