Good Evening, Warriors. Tonight, I want to talk about what is, and has been, one of (if not) the biggest story of the last couple of weeks. Usually, I try and avoid major news stories, but this one is beyond appropriate, extremely overdue and absolutely necessary.
At the beginning of the year, I said that 2020 was starting out to be a year of change. Only a few posts ago, I mentioned that we are watching history in the making. We are also watching history repeating. And we need to go back to history to ensure that as our world is changing now, we don’t make the same mistakes again. I don’t want to be sitting here in a few years writing another post about another man being killed and his young daughter talking about how “Daddy is going to change the world”.
This is not going to be a comfortable post. I don’t want it to be. And it shouldn’t be. Once again in my life, I have had just enough experience with an issue to have at least a small understanding of what real victims have gone through. In this case, I might have less than a 0.05% understanding of what an entire culture has gone through, though I can name several others that have.
Racism is not a multi-faceted issue, and neither is police brutality. Both are wrong. Sickeningly wrong. Standing by and watching someone commit murder is wrong, particularly when he is your cohort. This is not moral judgment. This is Spiritual Law. Every religion, every faith, every belief system I have studied has this as a fundamental truth. It is also what we feel in that part of us, our inner core, where we are connected to the Spirit. It is built into our DNA, our energy, the very essence of who we are as humans.
A few years ago, I woke up on New Years Day to a similar video to the one that we have all seen recently. A young man was murdered by an officer. The young man was black, the officer was white. Police assumption and over aggression were involved. And even though the incident garnered national (and possibly international) attention, riots and looting were involved, and a movie was made, in all of the news stories and interviews I’ve watched and read, I’m not sure I’ve heard the name Oscar Grant mentioned. I might have heard the mention of a taser gun but I’m not sure. And the only reason why the cop was fired and did any jail time whatsoever? Cell phone cameras.
Sounds eerily familiar doesn’t it? So why are we back here again? This is where things get multi-faceted. Part of the answer lies in history, and specifically the history between blacks and whites. And more particularly, between white authorities and any black individual. Part of it lies in human history, specifically how culture’s developed and societies formed and grew into the cities and countries that we have know. And part of it lies in the fact that we as humans, individually, culturally and societally don’t like to dwell on the negative things that happen. We want to push them aside, avoid them, let someone else deal with them. And unfortunately, we have become particularly adept at that. We have gotten so good at it, we don’t even know the truth of our own history.
Our Declaration Of Independence clearly states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident. That all men are created equal…” It’s past time we lived those words.