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Massachusetts Dem AG: “Yes, America is burning, but that’s how forests grow”

by J.C McCallum

Massachusetts Maura Healey just committed political suicide and she has no idea what is coming her way and she will deserve it all.

She was sworn in as Attorney General on January 21, 2015, on a people-first campaign, and after doing nothing to help minorities she is now born again after the riots spread across the country.

Now she not only wants to finally do her job but she wants the rest of us to pay.

“I support calls for a revolution, but not the revolution of violence in our streets,” Healey said. “I’m calling for a revolution in mindset, a fundamental change to our ingrained assumptions.”

Then she said the words she will regret for the rest of her life: “Yes, America is burning, but that’s how forests grow.”

From MSN:

“We have a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Healey said in a speech to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. “The challenge I pose to all of us this morning is: Will we seize it?

She referenced the protest and riots of the past few days over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died on May 25 after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes. “Yes, America is burning, but that’s how forests grow.””

Healey gave her passionate speech from her Beacon Hill office, to more than 300 chamber members on a Zoom call. It’s a challenge that business people have been asked to meet many times before. But it’s taken on newfound urgency as they watched violence in their hometown Sunday night after thousands participated in a peaceful rally.

“I support calls for a revolution, but not the revolution of violence in our streets,” Healey said. “I’m calling for a revolution in mindset, a fundamental change to our ingrained assumptions.”

She urged the white business people on the call to talk with their Black and brown colleagues about their experiences: what it’s like to be questioned by security when they visit their offices on weekends, to be pulled over while driving to work, to teach their children how to behave in public to protect their safety.

“If there is anything I wanted to do as AG, it was to address the centuries-long systemic racism,” Healey said. “I’ve fallen short…

Amid the widespread loss from COVID-19, Healey said “there have been other kinds of suffering that we need to acknowledge, too.”

In particular, she said, the pandemic has changed perceptions of essential workers. The group certainly includes doctors, other healthcare workers, first responders. But Healey cited others as well: drugstore and supermarket employees, delivery drivers, food production workers.

“They are disproportionately people of color,” Healey said. “These workers have put their health on the line to get us through this crisis. … They need livable wages and benefits.”

She said some large companies such as Amazon have made millions on this pandemic. If Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos can invest in space exploration, she said, he can certainly make sure his workers have adequate personal protective equipment.

State policymakers should place a higher priority on childcare, community healthcare, and telemedicine — to ensure some communities aren’t being left behind.

Executives on the call, she said, should listen to their Black and brown employees who are scared, exhausted and upset in this troubled time. “Let them know you see them, you care, and they matter to you,” she said.

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