The Gift

30 in 30 is a series of writing challenges. Over the course of 30 days (hopefully, in a row!), I will draft a post within 30 minutes. This 30-day theme is: News Stories. Today’s writing comes from an article in the LA Times on the players’ walkout/strike in response to the  shooting of Jacob Blake.

The stadiums empty but for the scuffle of feet, the squeak of sneakers, the sweat of the game. Outside these doors, a world on fire, and the pressure – order – to keep it out. From the empty seats, let the fans imagine for a moment, a breath, that things are as they were, as they never will be again. Protect them from the fire.


When the fire burns hotter, deadlier, against the players and their people, No. When the moment requires no respite for some until justice for all, No. When the reckoning must happen, even here, especially here, No.

What a gift to us all is this No.

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