21/01/2021

NEWS - a story in under a hundred words

 

NEWS

News programmes were full of the change of President – relief from the majority, anger from a vociferous and violent minority.

Spencer couldn’t watch – it was too late for his dad, who had died a month earlier. No headlines for him – just another statistic, a black man who’d wandered inadvertently into the path of a white supremacists march.

Spencer had sold his car to spare his family the shame of a pauper’s funeral, and now he went to work on public transport, the only one wearing a mask.

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This won't be the only story prompted as much by the US situation as by the photograph, but I couldn't think of any other way to read Rochelle's photo. Here in England we can only hope that America manages to heal itself without violent civil war - from our side of the Pond it looks perilous in the extreme.




20 comments:

  1. Isn't it odd how wearing or not wearing a mask has become and emblem in a culture war, rather than a neutral public health measure

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    1. I hadn't considered it as a culture statement, more an ignorant misinformed action.

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  2. I wish stories like this were purely historical and not at all current reality.
    Ronda

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  3. Too late for so many, but there is finally hope that things can improve.

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  4. Timely story Lizy.

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  5. It looks perilous on this side of the pond, too, Liz.

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    1. I hope you don't live in a city centre? They look like tinder boxes! Stay safe.

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  6. A year ago I couldn't have imagined what we are experiencing now. Things can only get better - can't they?

    My story!

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    1. As they say, you couldn't make it up. All we can do is keep thinking positive.

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  7. Powerful story, Liz! Well done.

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  8. it's an irony that for some folks to wear a mask or not has become more about making a political statement than a health issue.

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    1. I agree. It's the same with those refuseniks who won't have a vaccination. Sheer idiocy, and they're putting themselves in danger.

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  9. It's still one day at a time and probably will be for quite a while...

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    1. I'm afraid you're right, Jade, though my husband's vaccination today shows we're moving in the right direction.

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