In the aftermath of the death of Freddy Gray, Baltimore explodes.
This picture of a little black boy offering a bottle of water to a police officer – who may perceive him as a potential threat, given the current state of repeated incidents /killings epitomizes a palpable moment of reconciliation.
Were these only, the hope for all to see each other as needing each other?
I share this blog #SocialJustice after dealing with my own emotions after #MichaelBrown. Now those same emotions are as raw as it was just 6 months ago
#SocialJustice as a mother, the ache in my being for any other parent who suffers loss of a child, is daunting. To lose a son, by murder by an officer of the Law is unconscionable. To lose a son because he is marginalized, because of the color of his skin is irreparable. To lose a son, because the scales of justice are now tainted in his blood, and even the mere act of reparation in a court of law is compromised in a jury’s verdict is inconsolable.
I stand with the Mother of Michael Brown and the people of Ferguson in a grief that is unsustainable.
We are psychologically drowning in hurt and pain and we all are emotionally scarred in the extremes of social justice.
We are demanding that we only see this through the microscope of Black and White.
We are incising the vitriol of Hate and fueling the war mongering of prejudice.
We are perpetuating the psyche of divide and conquer.
Media is drowning us in the furor of our worst fears. If for the last 24 hours, we have been incensed by the atrocities of the verdict in Ferguson, we have now succumbed to the very power of the medium of our own worst fears.
Just perhaps, the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and so many who have been the victims of heinous societal injustices, are the calls for all to reclaim and demand the rights of human justice.
Human justice is not practiced in a courtroom as we can now attest.
Human justice begins in the birthing of a human, in the conduct we share with our fellow beings, in the respect we instill in our families. We are the forces of human justice by instilling virtue and value in our children and loved ones.
When we are all aware of the very potent opportunity we come into this world to share, we will not have to find the excuses to distinguish each other by race, or color or by what the world deems as value.
When we choose to revere our humanity, the lives of the victims of society’s ills, will in fact, be honored in their memories.
To achieve social justice, let us not become slaves to the idea of Black and White, but let each of us awaken to our conscious experience of our highest being.
As Robert Nestor Marley sang and many other life prophets have proclaimed:
“Until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned, everywhere is war and until there are no longer first-class and second-class citizens of any nation, until the color of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes. And until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race, there is war. And until that day, the dream of lasting peace, world citizenship, rule of international morality, will remain but a fleeting illusion to be pursued, but never attained… now everywhere is war”