Charleston, South Carolina
Turned the TV on early in the day, something not common in our home and of course there’s “breaking news”. Breaking is exactly what it is! The first thing I hear is, “The gunman was there to kill black people.” I say it’s breaking news because the media is breaking, dividing and tearing apart our society. We are in a time when you cannot trust what you watch from the media at all. Lately, all we hear about is black on white crimes. Let’s be real…Are there no white on white crimes, black on black crimes, Hispanic on Hispanic crimes? I could go on and on regarding the variety of crimes occurring but the point has been made. To top it off, our president is speaking regarding a senator that was killed in that incident as if it’s the worst thing that has happened lately. Not that the individuals need not be remembered, but let’s honor their lives by remembering them, not the criminal and his so-called reasons for the crime.
Not to my surprise at all, the media capitalizes on only certain kinds of crimes. Why is it that we do not ask ourselves why is this going on. No, we quickly revert back to the race issue. I could opinionate on our president but I will refrain, you can look at the facts and make informed decisions for yourself. In a time when we have a black president we are looking at racism more than I could ever remember in the media and I’ve been around several decades. Many love negativity, as bees love flowers, and the media does an outstanding job at feeding those that will eat. In fact, many in our society are just like we are in the natural as a nation, gluttons for bad news.
Racism is by no means gone. It is as alive as it has ever been. I still have experiences today and it does still rub me the wrong way, but then I remember the facts of the matter. No longer are we slaves to what the ignorant believe. Freedom to make dreams realities is no longer a far-fetched part of our imagination. Clearly we can see there are black leaders in all facets of society, I mean come on, our president is black!
Let us stop allowing those with other agendas under their sleeves capitalize on the agonies and torments of our past. In order to honor those that suffered and fought to acquire us these freedoms, let us strive to be better. Keeping our eyes on the prize should be our focus, not the things that keep us down. We have the power to be all that we can be. No more excuses! Kill the voice of the naysayer by making accomplishments that we now have power to realize.
Father, God…Strengthen and comfort the families and friends of the victims. Renew the minds of our country and turn their hearts back to you. Amen.