A Prayer This Sunday
Happy Sunday! Contrary to the circumstances that surround not just our community but our country, I am feeling rather optimistic. There’s an epidemic of Police shooting Black Men plaguing our country and with the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte NC this week…the ramifications hit home.
What has become of humanity?…The quality of being humane, compassionate, kind, mindful, benevolent in the best of times and the worst of times. As realistic as this past week has been, for me it is just as surreal. As I stroll the streets of this beautiful City I moved to as a child, a City I grew to love and proudly make my home, to start my family and raise my children, like most of the people here, for me this has been a very emotional week. I feel both sympathy and empathy for all the families involved in such a tragedy (the family that lost a Father and a Husband…, as well as the family whose love one is responsible for such a loss). I’ve felt fear because of the tension between the Police and the Civilians, not just for my Son and my Husband but for my entire Family. I’ve also felt anger towards the Police and their “I felt threatened” protocol, enabling this to happen yet again. I’ve felt disgusted over the violent rioting that took place earlier in the week, and immediately overshadowed the display of strength and unity of the peaceful protest and demonstrations that have taken place throughout the City…which made me feel proud. I’ve felt frustration toward the media, (national and local) for its general and bias depiction of my City. In processing my emotions I know this unfortunate incident does not define the greater community of Charlotte, like many Cities in America, my City has been tainted by an unjust act that is happening way too often, and there’s work for us to do. I feel that this is our wakeup call. The only power we truly have is over ourselves (Police, Civilians of every ethnicity, all registered voters and those of legal age to vote but aren’t yet registered, Clergy, City and State Officials…). Each of us have to make the conscious decision to be the change. Although my heart is still heavy, I’m very optimistic as my City still reigns royalty and today I have nothing but love for it.
Suffice the wayward conditioning of mans mentality, each of us are all created differently yet equal. My prayer is that we learn to love ourselves so that we can respect and appreciate the differences in one another as it adds value to our own lives. By a power greater than ours, we are purposely meant to live in this world together.
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