Sister Jones and that old deacon have me wanting to know if we should be expecting any others for comfort outside of those who look like the primary suffers.
I cannot help wondering how similar what we see today is to what took place centuries ago when people of color were being killed and there would be the same abiding silence. I think silence meant more than the absence of basic human cordialities then and I surmise it means more amid the noisy stillness today.
Perhaps we have been too difficult to reach, get in touch with, to contact. Perhaps we have not offered that we would like others folk to look in, see how we are doing. Perhaps we have not done a good job conveying that just because there have been nearly 200 African Americans killed this year --a great many unarmed --that it is okay if others who do not look like the victims and are openly aghast and outraged to come by and let us know. Sister Jones and old deacon usually don’t take too long with their petitions. Other looking folk are welcomed to follow them at our house or worship. Oh, if welcomed, we would gladly go to their churches as well.
Perhaps, just perhaps, we need to be, like these mounting killings, in plain view.
“America, you are most welcome and encouraged to join African American and others in prayer and expressions of loving care during this time of deep abiding anguish, sorrow, and distress that has witnessed scores of unprovoked African American deaths and killings. We would be most thankful for your prayers of healing and recovery for us and for our whole nation. We know as one indivisible nation under God this would be exemplary of our collective citizenship.
“And as we make this formal, we accept that you may not be free to join us until after you have comforted the offending police departments and law enforcement agencies or completed honoring our nation’s promise with a stoic hand over heart, stand-at-attention national anthem recognition. That is fine. What matters most is that you know you are welcome to still come by and see how we are doing. Forgive any previous oversight.”
Maybe that is all we need to make Sister Jones and Old deacons exemplary offerings more multicultural....
@SincerelySchan Thank you so much and I am very honored to have you as a fellow words smith now in my creative circle. Thank you for sharing.
@Marty I know we try to support in our spirits but in a time where so much is coming at us it is in those very times some basic old fashioned rich communication is needed so that we do not misinterpret silence as being dismissive rather than I belive some are just being pensive. Even if it is to say I do not know what to say but I see you and I care. Your heart always comes from an honest place my friend. Thank you for sharing.
@Will Brooks You have always been kind of an old soul man...smile. Those are some very valid observations you share and folks should take note. It starts with how we participate in the system and reaching out and checking on those that you care about is important. Thank you for sharing.
Your words are always so poignant...Through your transparency and honesty, I feel you and I've made a commitment to myself to not become desensitized, but continue to feel every emotions that is evoked. I appreciate and honor your words.
Perfect in many ways, Charles. I, too, become silent, not knowing whether my words are even wanted or accepted. I have been remiss with my friends but I am still here, listening, watching, and learning. I strive to have an open mind and heart, knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are all God's creation. Ms. Miller is, as always, timely and wise.
High praise for this article from a former student of yours Charles. In any circumstance such as this I, like many others, can become distant due to the actions not happening directly to me or people like me, a white male in America. But what you said about how Martha was praying specifically for someone she knew(You) that could be affected or even is affected by the current circumstances of the country, I am brought to a familiar place. Now I don't love all black people, nor do I love all white people or any other people because I simply don't know them all. But knowing I have several brown and black friends whom I love like brothers, I am hit with a realization that I need to pray and put out a helping hand for not only them, but people alike.
Racism, institutionalized or personal, tends to become a reflection of how we see a certain group people. And that often times becomes null when we grow close to individuals. That's been the case with me. I know some great black and brown individuals and that to me is enough to know that no group is all this or that: black or white. Cheers!
Banning the public from access to police footage "promotes transparency"? Really, Pat??--and how exactly are you prepared to prove that? Once again, our so-called governor demonstrates that he is working from a completely different dictionary than the ones we learned to use in school. In PatLand, apparently, war is peace, freedom is slavery, and ignorance (of citizens) is strength (of NC GOP and its tools, including the NCGA majority and the elements purportedly sworn to "protect and serve" those both in and out of power).
As kid in DC, with my Mom, we would go to McDonald's and someone would always sit in the other part of the 4 top. I remember asking my Mom why people did that. IN suburban Virgina people would use social graces to ask if it was OK to sit with someone else. In the city, 10 short miles away, it was the opposite.
Elevation church is an evil cult.
"rates I worked hard to escape during my time in New York City"
LOL. The only kind of apartment you'd score for $1,200 in NYC would've come with 2 or 3 roommates. Plus in NYC the renter pays a broker a month's rent just to help them find a place.
And if you balk at paying a $149 app fee for an apartment, wait'll you see the fees associated with buying a house and taking out a mortgage. Oh, plus when the toilet clogs or the lawn need cutting, that's all on YOU.
@BrandonIamhiphop Man the struggle is indeed real....lol Thank you for sharing your journey.
The irony is that I literally just got my license reinstated after a brief 2 week suspension and my tags had been expired since the end of July. I just paid for that as well and it's only by the grace of God that no riff raft occurred so now I'm eagerly awaiting both new documents so I can get back to riding clean.
If it makes you feel any better, I do believe the Plaza Midwood growth can best be attributed to sprawl and the growth of residential units in what was formerly a commercial area.
I wonder how long it will take for our soon to be ex-governor to get tired of being wrong on so many counts. When they rammed through HB2 they threatened to charge Charlotte for the cost of the special session. I wonder if these same people will pick up the cost of all these trials and appeals, oh yeah their politicians they spend other people's money, not their own.
All his idiotic laws are so full of common sense. I think he wants people to think that he believes his own "well golly" rhetoric, and therefore won't see right through his bigoted racist transparency. Who actually buys into his nonsense?
@Julie Torrence I think that when folks actually articulate what they are feeling and observing is a huge step. I think the next step is for folks to realize that those discussions should also happen when there are not other people of color around. When everyone realizes that this impacts us all then we can began to start the healing process. Thank you for reading and sharing your feelings and thoughts on this matter.
This article and topic weighs heavy on my heart and mind. Good for you to share your frustration as there appears no end in sight and PEOPLE ARE DYING! I am a transplant from New York, white, been here 14 years. I due realize that my life is privileged because of my skin color. Yes there is bigotry in New York, however, I've never witnessed the level of bigotry towards black society as I do in North Carolina. When I moved here it was 2002 but felt like 1942 and I was scared. I was oblivious to the white domination that still exists here. Shame on me. To my fellow Americans who are black; you have my complete empathy and support. This is a country of freedom, but not if you're black. It makes me sick.
I'm sick & tired too! Tears and worry and rage and frustration and horror again and again and over again. What are we to do? I don't know what to do.
@Jasmine It is very disturbing. I have always stated that unfortunately in this country brown children,especially brown boys do not get the luxury of being children. In the eyes of many in the mainstream they go from being cute to being threatening in a short window. It must be very challenging as a Mom. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts.
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