I hesitate to speak on such a hot button current issue. However, if you are like me, you were mortified when watching the video that led to George Flyod’s death in Minneapolis. I cried, long and hard. I’m losing sleep. I can not turn a blind eye to these injustices and felt pulled to speak out and attempt be a part of the solution.
If you are like me, you live far removed from most of this madness, so what can you do? How about we strive to have civil conversations and check our own hearts. For starters, we must be mortified by this. Are you? We need to show compassion for primarily George’s family, but also for the community of people that live with these fears and realities every day. It is their world and just because we don’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there. If I am this angry, I cannot even imagine the level of their rage and the fear they live with on a daily basis. We must be compassionate toward their plight. As Pope Paul VI said “If you want peace, work for justice.” We must pray and strive toward justice for George. Justice for all.
But what about the riots?
Along with compassion for George, his family, the community and any community or person who lives in fear merely because of the color of their skin, we must show compassion for all the innocent people being hurt in these riots. We must be compassionate and try to understand, but we do not need to condone the riots and violence. Sure, a protest is fine, but we can’t continue to make it worse by justifying more pain.
I’ve seen acquaintances demonize an old “friend” on Facebook. His crime? He posted a video of the riots without any explanation. If he is angered by the riots that makes him evil? That makes me sad. There must be a better way.
Let’s start by praying that we can be mortified by that which is horrible. Then let’s begin civil conversations in which we really listen to each other. Mostly, let’s show compassion to all who are being hurt in this and pray for, justice, healing, and open hearts.