.....I'm at a loss.
It is hard to express a feeling that you are not even sure you know what the feeling is. There are so many hard journeys going on in the world. Some I know exactly what is going through their mind and some I cannot even fathom how they make it through a day. I only know what it is like to live in the world through my life, my eyes, my morals and beliefs, and the experiences that have shaped how I approach each situation. That does not mean that I do not care about others or that I do not want to learn. It does not mean that I am not trying to wrap my head around how to help this epidemic of violence and slaughter.
We are in 2016 and we can do better. You, me, everyone - we need and must do better.
Our children are going to grow up in fear and a life of violence if we do not stop. I watch my back everywhere I go because elderly women are being shot at 10:30 in the morning at a store I frequent. Kids are being snatched from the arms of their parents. Innocent lives are taken because we are fearful of someone that is different from us. Parents are having to teach their children that the law is not in their favor, even when they are not doing anything wrong. I've taught my children to watch behind me and warn me if someone is approaching while I strap them in their seats. This should not be happening.
My simple solution would be to wipe out mankind, but God did that once and we are right back where we were.
The people in the black community are demanding to be heard. For decades there has been mistrust and innocent slaughtering. They are afraid and we are hiding in our comfortable homes thanking God that it was not us. This is a war that should not be going on. It is going on in our homes, our streets, our neighbors, this country, and the leaders of this country.
What happened in Dallas should never have happened, its not going to help fight for what you believe in by killing other innocent lives. An eye for an eye is not what we need to bring justice to what is going on. But when black families are posting that they are teaching their young boys to keep their hands up no matter what and to give up their rights solely because they are fearful of their lives? That the law does not protect them because of their skin color? That I could get pulled over and be done in 1 minute, yet my black friend could be hauled off to jail? That I could walk down the street in my neighborhood with a bike, yet my black friend would be questioned as to if they stole the said bike? None of this is right. None of this makes sense. The black community is not being heard. They have had their peaceful protests, they have tried so may ways to get us to hear yet we're not hearing.
How many times have you tried to get your point across to someone, but it took that final moment of crazy for them to finally see the light?
A few weeks ago after the shooting in Orlando I read a post that you should reach out to your gay friend and tell them that you love them, that you are here for them. That is what you need to do for your friend of a different color. Call them, tell them you love them, that you are here for them, fighting beside them and will fight for them. Open the dialogue and see what happens. Don't push this to the side thinking that it isn't your fight. It is our fight because it is a fight for humanity. We are called to love. This is our greatest commandment. We aren't called to love only those whom we deem trustworthy, we are called to love without any reservations. If God can love you and me with all of our flaws and sins we can certainly love our neighbors.
Black families should not be afraid to leave their homes.
Police families should not be afraid to send their officers out to do their jobs.
Humankind should not be afraid to stand up for what is right.
*as a side note, I am not usually comfortable with referring to a group of people by skin color or sexual orientation, but for this particular post I felt it necessary.