Philadelphia: Violence & Reflection

I am disgusted. Horrified and confused. The last 24 hours has been absolutely heartbreaking. I am not sure what I can do to help the situation. Is safe to go out and do anything. It has been disheartening to see what has been going on. Who is responsible? Who out there is to blame for this situation? Is it the police? The people protesting? Those that are out there actively looting and vandalizing clothing stores, restaurants, and businesses?

I look around my apartment and think, “What are we going to do?” As many of you are all aware, my husband Eric is media manager for WPVI-Channel 6. Nydia Han covered the news today, and Christie Illeto was live on Walnut street seeing people steal clothing from Modell’s. The people out there right now are in a precarious situation. Hugh E Dillon survived Covid-19, and has been vocal about his experiences, and has also been covering the news today. There is another protest happening right now, and I don’t know if they will be safe.

As someone who is part African-American, I am beyond disgusted at what has been going on, not just this week, but for decades! History has shown that those that try to effect change have to go through many moments of abuse, racism and a lack of understanding from others. Is there a point to any of this? Is there anything that we can actually do to effect change? I’m not sure.

I would like to close this piece on a more optimistic note. I realize there isn’t anything that I can physically do, but I think it is important for everyone to be safe, be healthy, and if you feel the need to vent, do it in a manner that isn’t destructive to you or your environment. As a public relations professional, I know I need to maintain objectivity during a crisis. I sincerely hope this isn’t the beginning of the end of decency, and an increase of violence in our country. Thank you.

Tiffany C. DuBois-Morales

President and CEO of DuBois Public Relations, LLC.

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