Photo of Donald Trump pointing as he is speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
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The Black Lives Matter demonstrations on top of the coronavirus pandemic have been one of the saddest times in my life to date. The loss of loved ones and family members has left me heartbroken to a point where I wonder whether we are living in the last of days.

Being an older Black man, experiencing the impact of racist and biased views of others on me and other Black men, has come to be just a part of living life in America. You learn to take the good with the bad. I think I have lived long enough to know that people are people and we all do what we do. And evil people come in all shapes and colors. Over the years, I have met many white men and women who I have come to respect and love. I try not to find fault with them and hope they find no fault with me.

The list of people who have died unjustifiably while in the hands of law enforcement continues to grow. It has been devastating and heartbreaking to many communities of color, and, in some respect, just everyday Americans. I believe most Americans want us to get to a more perfect union where every person has the chance to live the American Dream. I believe most Americans want to change the reality that most Black men living in America are just trying to survive a system that has been historically racist and discriminatory towards us.

The elephant in the room, where the pandemic and the demonstrations meet, is Donald Trump. With over 100,000 Americans dead on his watch, and his politics of division working hard to pit the American people against each other during the coronavirus pandemic, I truly see no positive way forward as long as he is president of the United States. There will only be more protests and unrest on the streets. 

As of June 1, Trump had made 19,127 false or misleading claims since taking office, according to the Washington Post. So it should be no surprise that he lied when he said he would “Make America Great Again.”

Robert Warren is an artist and vendor with Street Sense Media.