Within the last forty-eight hours, two gunfire eruptions have ripped the fabric of our nation. To those who continually preach hatred and fear of Black Americans I ask, “Do you really want to ignite the Civil War again?”
As a white grandmother, mother, and retired educator, I sit in the comfortable safety of my neighborhood and wonder what terrifying thoughts would I have if my husband, son, and grandsons were dark? I try to perceive an unimaginable level of prejudice. I ask, “What right do I have to my privileged shelter?” More important, what responsibilities do I have in response to raw hatred?
First, I acknowledge that thousands of police officers risk their lives daily to protect society. However, we must also acknowledge the consequences of some insufficient training. When did our protecting agents decide to shoot first and ask questions later? Continue reading