To those I know in Law Enforcement, I am so so sorry. I know you dedicate your life to serve and protect. You’re not all out of control or racist or too quick to use force.
To my White friends, please, please, for God’s sake, know that Micah Johnson is not all Black people, he is not all 20-something Black men, he is not all veterans.
To my Black friends- I feel inadequate and unqualified to even speak to you about Alton Sterling or Philando Castile or the many, many too too many more, unfairly, unjustly, without due process or equal protection- cut down. It is wrong, it is unfair, it is a continuation of “America’s original sin.” Too many of us just don’t get it or don’t want to face it, or convince ourselves that the sins of our fathers have nothing to do with us, or convince ourselves that complacency and insulation and privilege don’t somehow make us culpable.
To all of my fellow Americans- sure “All” lives matter, but until we admit and address our inequities and systemic and institutional injustices- we’ll never move forward. We’re all in the same boat, but we all keep rowing our oars in different directions. If we can’t discuss political or racial issues civilly, if we can’t agree on enough or compromise enough to address any of our plethora of challenges- please, please, can we all pray for God’s help? I know that “Thoughts & Prayers” has become an empty platitude or code for “we want you to think we’re sympathetic, but we aren’t going to do anything about it,” but I believe that God does listen and that prayer does make a difference- most of all I believe that it changes the person doing the praying.