“Fear cuts deeper than swords.” George R.R. Martin
This redhead understands what it’s like to be afraid. As a survivor of violence (as posted here previously:#MeToo) I experienced feelings of abject terror, even in broad daylight. For years fear fractured my life in Big Ways.
I do understand what it means to be afraid.
But, as a redhead white chick I do not understand what it’s like to walk in a public place and be afraid of the very people who are meant to protect us and our rights as equals under the law (and in God’s eyes, too!)
Those tasked with protecting our most basic human right: to life.
I am mad, upset, aghast, appalled at what happened to George Floyd on Monday night in Minneapolis – a fellow American, a human being who deserved LIFE, not death in the custody of 4 police officers.
But my anger doesn’t hold a candle to what his family and African Americans across this country must feel.
I can try to put myself in their shoes – how would I feel if it was me? my brother? my father? my son? my friend?
But, I can’t understand fully, because I have not walked in public places where those wearing badges are harbingers of fear.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
To my white friends out there, here’s a challenge. Let’s raise our voices against this injustice and all others like it.
Racially motivated violence perpetuated by the police (or anyone) is unacceptable!
But understand that we don’t fully understand the depth of fear out there. The frustration, despair, and rage at this death compounded by precious black lives lost previously.
It’s cutting through hearts deeper than any sword.
I am so sorry for the senseless loss of George Floyd’s life. May his soul rest in the Everlasting Peace of God.
And may the peace of God somehow change attitudes and calloused hearts everywhere that we are beloved of God, all of us (not just some!)
BLACK LIVES MATTER!!
“God, Thy will be done in father, mother, child in everything and everywhere; without reserve, without a BUT, an IF, or limit.” Saint Francis de Sales