Paint a picture in your mind.
Paint the outline of the men and woman that have fought over the years for the freedom of this country.
Paint the details of the pain and affliction that has come from the brutality of racism and inequality.
If the details in your picture are like mine, you’ve probably added the tears from the families that have lost their loved ones and their hope for their future.
A movement has started in this country that has caused uproar and another controversy to talk about.
So are you doing something about it, or just talking about it?
Scrolling through social media and attaching yourself to one side of the #Blacklivesmatter movement is only the beginning of change for this country. Yes, reposting articles that the media has written, and liking photos on your newsfeed is an act of getting the word out, and the conversation started.
But what is being changed? What is being done besides re-tweeting the same message your best friend posted at midnight? What are you instigating besides repetition of opinions that have already been thought of?
I see people lash out on others because they view the situation on a different plane than their colleague. Yet, did they even take time to walk in the shoes of those that are directly connected to the Dallas Shootings, Alton Sterling, or Philando Castile?
I don’t think that any of those people deserved to be killed. I don’t believe that there should be inequality between a white person’s rights and a black person’s rights. Why should there be? God created us all equal, and “He inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; and he remembereth the heathen; and all are alike unto God, both Jew and Gentile.”
I think that the way to change our actions is to change our heart. You cannot persuade someone to your side unless you show them that you care, and I do not think that killing is the solution to any of these issues.
Unless you yourself are racist, then you should be understanding of the idea that blacks deserve every right that a white man does. However, I don’t think that this is what some people are arguing about. I think that some people just want to argue that there is unfairness in the police force, and then generalize that towards every police officer that patrols their own town.
I think that there are some who want a scapegoat, and pinning it on a police officer or a black man will justify their stereotype they have created.
What justice does that do though? What control does that strike?
It all happens one-by-one, and I don’t mind starting that chain.
Instead of immediately taking one side, internalize the facts and unite in the cause that all men should be free. Don’t let one side sway you unless you are researching the matters on your own.
But my two cents for the night is that the only change that will come is when our heart is in the cause and not our hate or our eagerness to avenge.
Join the chain, and be that next one.