I came across a facebook picture depicting a white police officer posing with a black woman and her son.
The woman had approached the officer at a park and requested to pray for his safety, offering her gratitude for his services.
This struck me in an unexpected way and I’ve been thinking about it all day. I think sometimes in our fight against wrong, it’s easy to forget the value of celebrating what’s right.
To be truly equal it’s important to educate and promote change without oppression of others.
I myself have been guilty of it. For years I’ve fought for religious acceptance and equality for my faith. Through the early years I fostered hatred, within myself, towards my old path and its followers.
Wrongly I stereotyped all people of that ideology for the wrong doings of the past. In the last few years I’ve awakened. While yes, the actions of the past were horrible. While those actions set back and oppressed such a beautiful way of life… No living person is responsible or to blame.
I’ve since grown to recognize and respect the views and opinions of many individuals; Individuals who I would have, at one time, dismissed simply for my vendetta against their spiritual practice.
The simple truth that I’ve learned is that we can have our vendetta or we can have equality. We cannot, however, have both.
In a world of equals there can be no us or them. There can only be we. We all have to help one another up so that we may all stand together side by side.
Police officers aren’t all racist, corrupt oppressors. African Americans aren’t all criminals. Caucasians aren’t all upstanding citizens.
None of us are what we appear to be. We are ALL what we CHOOSE to be.
I beg you all, don’t hate the bad more than you love the good…
Give praise where it is do.
April 18TH, 2016