While the autumn equinox occurred on September 23rd and has firmly passed into the rearview mirror, the milder weathers and traditional festivities of the fall season appear more and more prevalent across America with each passing day. While Americans can certainly hope for tranquil meteorological trends in the weeks and months to come, the natural events of the weather patterns of summer have definitely left an indelible impression on the minds of many persons living in affected communities across the country. In the southeastern United States, Hurricane Idalia made landfall on the western gulf coast of Florida and moved towards the panhandle, also resulting in widespread flooding, power outages, damages, and even several fatalities before moving up the southeastern coasts to other southern states. And perhaps most notably, the horrific wildfires in Maui, Hawaii resulted in the deadliest blazes in U.S. history in August.
While weather patterns and natural disasters are always a threat to humanity everywhere, average Americans may have more at risk in day to day activities. In the summer of 2020 in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd, thousands of violent protestors aligned with the group known as Black Lives Matter rioted, looted, vandalized and burned parts of major cities across the nation. At the height of the riots in 2020, Hawk Newsome, a prominent leader in the organization defended the looting actions taken, accusing America of being a “pillaging” nation and called the nations actions “terrorist”-like.
The organization is back in media headlines after several of its chapters expressed vocal support for the Hamas terrorists in Israel. After the murders of over 1,000 Jews last week, an account on X (Twitter) named Black Lives Matter Grassroots posted a statement claiming that the Hamas terrorists acted in self-defense, and that they should “not be condemned” but “understood”. Black Lives Matter stated that it stood in support of Palestine, which had endured “57 years of colonialism”.