I usually keep politics off of my blog, but the events of last night have shaken me to my core and I must speak from my heart. The verdict of the Zimmerman trial was like a punch in the stomach. There’s no way for me to eloquently express the immediate sadness that washed over for me after I read it. I couldn’t process it. I still can’t. The messages that have been sent are as clear as they have ever been: A black person’s, especially a black male’s, life is meaningless in America. Our system is broken. Justice rarely prevails when there’s melanin involved. Whether this is your belief or not is not my concern. The truth is the truth, and with it there must be introspection, conversation then action.
So, where do we go from here?
While I believe the outcome of the trial was completely based upon racial prejudice, I feel that everyone that has been touched by this unfortunate circumstance has a responsibility. We ALL need to discontinue this pattern of separateness, greed and hate and let our similarities connect us. It’s time for each of us to go inward, shed light on our faults and seek support in healing and growing from them. The only way we can prevent another senseless death (or any senseless act for that matter) in any of our communities is to acknowledge the problems we have and collectively work through them. We can’t wait on the courts or government to fix this.
WE ARE BOTH THE PROBLEM AND THE SOLUTION.
We can’t stay upset for a minute and then let it go. We have to keep the fire of hope burning, so collective change is our only solution. We can’t continue to focus on the external characteristics of others. We have to learn from our country’s despicable past in order to make a better future. It may sound naive, but I feel like if each of us could stop paying attention to all of the distractions in our lives (Hollywood, the music industry, and all the sensational “extra” going on) we can really get down to the business of individual growth, which ultimately creates collective growth. If each of us could recognize when our ego was taking the lead and push past to see who we truly are, the world would begin a massive shift from fear to love. BTW, ego is not only arrogance; ego is all of the doubts, fear and discouraging thoughts you have that keep you afraid to move forward. I’ll talk more about that in a later post.
So, if you’re ready and willing to do what it takes to actively change our world, please join the Facebook group I created today called WE ARE THE SOLUTION. The group is for those of us who are sick and tired of talking about change and are ready to go into the world and make it happen. Whether you start with performing random acts of kindness or arranging food packages for the hungry, no act is too big or small. Let’s use this miscarriage of justice as a springboard for recreating the world we would love for our children’s children to live in. Together, and only together, we can change the world.