Change starts with the individual. If we set our eyes on our neighbors proclivity for/against change, it will skew the changes we dare to make within ourselves, and therefore prevent any true change from occurring.
I'm sick... I mean, I'm literally sick of the boxes we put around other people. We see a victim and a terrorist in every box. There is no right side of hate/anger/victimization/terrorism. It's all hate. Hate is the true offender.
I'm so sick of the violence committed in hate. I'm also sick of the repercussions committed by victims of hate, who now in hate, commit the same acts of violence.
I'm so sick of the ignorant white community who think there isn't a race problem in this world, not just the United States, but in many different countries, involving many different races. Blacks are not the only victims of racism. ALL races, including white, have both victims and terrorists.
I'm so sick of the ignorant black community who think there's no compassion or action in this world against the violence committed against their race. Whites are not the only ones who commit racial hate crimes, and blacks are not the only ones standing firm against them.
I'm so sick of religious and class wars, racism, sexism, human slavery and trafficking, drug abuse, sex abuse, child abuse, animal cruelty, waste, environmental and corporate greed, gluttony, poverty and disease.
What can I do? We will never be free of these plagues, the evil and hatred we humans commit against one another. I can't save the world. I can't change my neighbor's mind. ALL I can do is love my fellow human being. Love them as I love myself. Love them regardless of their color, their sex, their status, their religion or their heritage. Grieve with them, fight beside them, show them mercy, love, and compassion. I'm not talking about letting someone hurt or walk all over me, because just as much as I will love them as a fellow human being... I will also fight against their hatred and anger - no matter their color/religion/sex/status.
If ALL you can see is the hate and the differences between us - you are blind. That anger, even as a victim, will take root and the result will be just another strain of hate. You will become what you currently despise.
I hate what this young man did in Charleston. I hate it with every fiber of my being. My heart hurts for those victims. This young man committed this terrible act of terrorism in hate. Don't let your own hatred, your own anger, your own prejudices, your own hurt make you bend to his level and become the next instrument of hate. Because YOUR actions will either lend toward furthering the divide that already exists or else serve as a healing balm to breach the gap.
Choosing to love and not focus on color, isn't ignoring the race problem. It's helping create a human solution... one individual at a time. Before you hit the streets, before you make your signs of protest, before you start lopping every person you know, and many you've never met into one box or another - stop. Close your eyes. Stop being black, white, victim, or crusader - and then open your eyes and be human - no matter if your neighbor does likewise or not. You change YOU, and then YOU will affect the world around you. Hate will NEVER change hate. Anger will NEVER bring about peace.
Till next time,