And Now No Justice for Walter Scott...
When I discovered that our justice system had once again failed Walter Scott, an unarmed African American who was shot dead in the back several times by former police officer Michael Slager there was a moment when my heart aligned with the Spirit of Eric Garner and said "I Can't Breathe!".
In the Case of State vs Slager in Charleston, SC. No Conviction. Mistrial. And Now No Justice for Walter Scott...
I felt anger and dismay. Perhaps you felt the same way. Wherever you are I invite you to join me.
Please take a moment to Breathe and Exhale Deeply Ten Times.
Let Us Offer Prayers of Healing for the Families of Walter Scott, Terrence Crutcher, Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Eric Gardner, Akai Gurley, Tamir Rice and ALL Families who have lost Loved Ones because of the FEAR imbedded in our nations Peace Officers/Police Officers.
And let us also offer prayers for everyone as we have the courage to express our hearts and move forward with Nonviolent, Peaceful Actions.
These are sad days in America. Our great nation is divided by fear and disdain for one another. Many of our communities are polarized and it appears that our dreams of equity and prosperity are lost in a tunnel of despair.
So many are asking "How Can We Move Forward in the Face of Injustice?" The Truth Is Black Lives Do Matter. All Lives Matter When Black Lives Matter.
Throughout the United States, we are many hues of color and cultures and religions. We Are All Americans and as citizens we are bound by a Constitution that says "Freedom, Justice and Liberty for All". And yet these words mean nothing if we the citizens do not vote, or demand accountability, or work to resolve our differences.
"Freedom, Justice and Liberty for All". The world is listening and watching. It is time to speak the Truth and admit both our failures and successes as a nation. Classism and Racism do exist.
The Freedom of Our Children to grow and prosper as compassionate, hopeful, gifted, productive citizens is thwarted by the pandemic of fear hate and violence that has permeated our society.
It is Our Collective Responsibility to come together in dialogue with respect, care and compassion for each other. We must fix the broken judicial, economic, educational and governmental systems. For Our Children we must find a way to support and empower each other.
Peace Is Possible through Compassion, Cooperation, Courage, Creativity, Equity, Forgiveness, Hope, Integrity, Kindness, Mercy, Respect, Understanding and the Gift of Love!
There is no way sustain and improve America unless we open our hearts and commit to walk the path of Freedom. We Are Here Together.
Let us listen to each other, search for understanding and if need be, share tears together.
Let us work together, march together, laugh together, sing together and move forward together.
Let Us Breathe Deeply Together and Say Forward Freedom!