There is no way that this entry will do justice to the way I feel or the way that so many feel about this particular issue. My heart is sad today for the racial injustice in this country. The black people that are murdered by policeman and the policeman that are murdered in return.
Social media is often hard to navigate. There is so much trash out there. I worry about it for my kids. But let me tell you, I think that social media (and quick video access through cell phones) is bringing to light some huge injustices that have been going on for WAY TOO LONG. Black people have been saying FOREVER that they have been treated unfairly and no one has believed them. Now, there is no denying it.
Philando Castile, a black person with a concealed weapons permit is pulled over for a busted tail light. He notifies the officer that he has a CWP. The officer asks for his license and registration. As he reaches for it, he is shot 4 times. In the car with him is his girlfriend and her 4 year old daughter. The woman begs for her life and is later handcuffed and thrown in the back of the police car. Ya’ll, this guy told the police he had a CWP, which from what I’ve read is the exact protocol that you should follow if you have a CWP. The officer asks for his license but then tells him not to move. He was a nutrition services specialist at a Montessori school and had spent many years working in the public school system. Unbelievable.
Five police officers murdered in return, for not just this wrongful death, but for many others.
Hate crimes non-stop.
I personally have always felt comfort from the presence of law enforcement. And I believe wholeheartedly that that is the intended purpose. I am saddened that the same people who make me feel safe and protected, make a large portion of AMERICANS feel threatened, just because of the color of their skin. We’ve got to do something about that.
Those that swear to serve and protect, our police officers, our soliders, our public officials; should be held to a higher standard of courage, conviction, accountability and good judgement. The change has to start with them. They must work to change the way black people see them. We must all work to change our hearts and our actions to love.
We must . . .
recognize and overcome personal prejudices, because lets face it, we all have them.
Hold each ohter accountable for our wrong doings toward others, for small and larger offenses.
Judge less. Everyday. Everyone. Judge less, love more.
Nurture strong hearts and minds in our kids. They learn all their bad behavior from us.