What can be said when everyone else has spoken? When hashtags represent bodies, When a nation is in turmoil, when confusion has run rampant and fear seems to be the root of all evil in this world.
What can be said when you are so hurt? There are no longer words that can ease the pain?
The picture replays……
It’s another horror movie in HD and looks way toooo real
But it is very real…
Fear grips as the possibilities swarm through my mind……
I am the wife of a man who is gentle and hardworking in my eyes but feared and hated in the eyes of another.
I am the mother of a playful toddler who is innocent and harmless but a threat in the eyes of another.
To protect them, I say pull up your pants, use a belt, keep your hands on the wheel, say yes sir, study hard, show yourself approved, smile, give no impression of sarcasm or rudeness.
To protect our daughters we combat media everyday reassuring them that they are kind, smart and important. That their melanin is a thing of pure beauty, essence and elegance…….
Their names were given God inspired. But these days I second guess and wonder if I was trying to intentionally ensure that their name didn’t sound too “ethnic”.
So that they can get an opportunity for the world to see them face to face and see the greatness I see in them daily…….
Down he goes another one bites the dust.
We are hurting, we are angry and worst of ALL we are fearful.
It’s the root of it all
It’s the fight or flight
It’s the fear of the unknown
It’s the fear of the differences
It’s the fear of discomfort
No justifications and excuses needed
Lives were lost
Lives are still being lost.
Now as Wives United with our sisters black, white, blue bleeding the same red
We mourn with the wives, the mothers, the sisters, the aunts and the friends all over this country
All lives DO matter but just for a moment before you take offense and get on the defense just hear and understand just for one moment
Our pain is REAL….
There is injustice in this world towards the black community
Be it intentional and unintentional
We didn’t wake up one day and decide to be angry
We live this life daily
And while we try in so many ways to go against the statistical grain, the truth of the matter is that fear will leave others blinded and biased
We don’t need your sympathy but we would appreciate your empathy
At the end of the day the solution will always be love.
Because perfect love casts out all fear (1 John 4:18)
We are aware that all blacks aren’t fighting against each other. We know that all the whites aren’t racist and we know that all police officers aren’t corrupt
But just for one moment can we just admit the truth
Just hear us. Just understand us.
Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things (Philippians 4:8)
with a burdened but loving heart
Praying for comfort and all the lives lost this week. Even in the midst of hurt and pain, let us never step out of character. Let us peacefully unite. But most of all..
Let us all LOVE.