So, It was last Monday when the report of yet another death of an
African AMERICAN huMan came across the notifications on my phone. I was, at the time, out-driving (Uber). I was angered when I saw the video, which at the time, was nearly 9 minutes long. I could not believe what I was seeing.
One police officer had a knee on a Man’s neck, and at least three other cops were standing around as the man complained that he couldn’t breathe. I don’t give a FUCK what this man may have done before this moment! Then the man was unresponsive.
This blog is not about politics. It is supposed to be about trying to improve my health. However, I cannot let this incident pass without saying anything. I am 57 years old. I have witnessed and experienced the unfairness that black people face every day in the workplace, schools, business, fair wages, etc.
I have not been the victim of police brutality. I have never been arrested. I have not encountered any police officers in the last 20 years who were not entirely professional and courteous as they dealt with me. However, this is not the experience that other African-Americans have had with the police.
There is a problem with racism in this country. There are groups of people who would like to see this problem escalate. I don’t know what good purpose that would serve. Our President can’t seem to say anything helpful about this situation. And oddly enough, I believe the people of the U.S. will re-elect him. I don’t understand the politics of this nation. We are lost.
I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I do not believe in hatred and fear. I believe in love. Love is the only thing that can solve what we have happening on this planet. I know. It sounds too simple. It is simple until you add the human element to the equation. We are complex beings, and our problems are not simple. We need to take one step at a time. We need to get back to a spirit of love and compassion for one another. It is our only hope.
I don’t hate the police or any other humans. I do admit to having those feelings sometimes, though. We need to come together as humans. It is the only way out of this situation.
My prayers go out to the Floyd family. My prayers go up for the police officers involved in the incident. I pray for this country. If we don’t all pray and begin to SEE one another, we are doomed.
I saw a snippet of the video during the morning news (and my breakfast). It left me shocked, crying and no lunger hungry. It’s 2020 and I don’t understand these things can still happen. And not just in your country, but everywhere.
I hope one day we, as the whole of the human race, will get smarter and stop hating and killing each other over stupidities like skin color. Or killing each other at all, rather.
Me too, Sam.