There is no vacuum in the human heart. Certain demolitions take place, and it is well that they do, but on condition that they are followed by reconstructions.
My state has launched an all out investigation into our police department. This has been a long time in coming and it only took the burning of businesses, the loss of life and jobs for some, the destruction of property and the looting and pillaging of our city. Don’t get me wrong. I truly believe there has been injustice in the way matters are handled by some police officers. Corruption is not limited to the streets and the thugs who stir insurrection, but it has been growing like a cancer, slowly devouring law enforcement, elected officials and government at all levels. It’s time for non-violent action and I laud our governor for taking swift action. We must make sure he carries through.
In the past, protests have gone unheard. The voices crying for change have been silenced. As time passes, even the violence is overlooked and often shoved under the rug. The problem is not addressed and years pass without action and in time we will see another uprising.
I pray this is the start of some true rebuilding, but only time will tell.
We all have an opportunity to do something about the chaos that’s ringing out in our cities. We can contribute to food shelves. We can go into the trenches and help rebuild. We can give hope to those who have lost everything just by standing by them and giving them encouragement. We can let them know that God still loves them and wants the best for them. We can lend a hand in any way possible. We can pray. We can pick up a broom and sweep away the broken glass, but we can’t heal broken hearts. Only God can do that.
I want the truth to be found. I want to know if our law enforcement is corrupt. I want to be aware of wrongdoings by those in higher places. I want to know that there is no political agenda attached to this on either side of the aisle. I think we, as American citizens deserve answers. We can’t live under a shell and be blinded by the hope that everything is all right. Our tax dollars are being spent on those being investigated and we deserve to know if our money is being well spent.
I’ve seen some wonderful things going on in my community. There’s been an outpouring of food and essential supplies for those who have been displaced by this horror. Dollars have been raised to help them regroup. Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans and Caucasians are standing shoulder to shoulder and picking up the pieces of their past lives. This is how it should be. The biggest solutions come from those who are willing to work together.
I’ve heard about young people watching over their own neighborhoods, protecting and checking for any suspicious activity. Being a strong neighborhood depends on the people who live there. We should all be so diligent and watchful. I’ve heard stories of various groups praying and singing together. Some worshiping a different God, yet their hope is in something greater than themselves. There is so much more love in this disastrous event that goes unseen, because it doesn’t contain all the flashy news of fanning the flames of discontent.
Peace is something that can not come to be until we look within ourselves. Instead of playing the blame game, we must start within. If we aren’t doing anything about the core problem, we’re as guilty as those who set fires and break windows.
I pray that good will come from this and that those who have suffered death because of it, will not have died in vain.