Just Because You Can – Doesn’t Mean You Should

Malcolm As I write this, and largely WHY I’m writing this concerns Freddie Gray, the young man from Baltimore who was killed while in police custody. Police brutality is out of control and so are the reactions taking place. 

The United States Flag Allow me make a statement and then try to put something into prospective: just because a person is allowed to do something – doesn’t mean they should do it. Beyond that, let me say this: under no circumstances do I condone racism. It’s ugly, stupid and makes zero sense. I also do not condone police brutality. The police are supposed to be above racism, coersion and reproach but we’re inclined to forget that they are people, human and as subject to temptation, failure and success as we are, ourselves.

world-peace-debi-hammondI believe in peace. I’m also cognizant that peace is not always an option. In this case, by peace, I mean war versus peace – not inner peace which you can work to have whether the social/economic climate is peaceful or in upheaval as it is so heavily right now. 

10553821_10152163098551256_8278471907802352853_o Look, I don’t pretend to understand why people think the answer to events like the ones ending in the deaths of Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, and other’s who’ve suffered similar fates, at the hands of the police, is to go out and tear down their city. To not only destroy THEIR neighborhoods (as well as those around them – does anyone even care?) but those of other places as well. This isn’t about justice – justice would be holding those responsible accountable; what it IS about is people using senseless death as a means to anarchy.  

crack-cocaine-644x300 While we’re on the subject of taking care of our cit(ies), here’s a question: why can’t people put as much effort into cleaning up their neighborhoods as they do tearing it down when OTHERS mess it up? Why can’t we see what’s going so wrong and take appropriate steps to stop the violence, the anger, the hypocrisy (which is what this boils down to). These cities have been set on fire, vandalized and spoiled because of ONE individual – thousands become addicted to alcohol, heroin, cocaine, crack, you-name-it – and no one says anything. There’s no sense in hating the police. There’s no sense in tearing down the president, the other black leaders who really ARE trying to help (like the mayor of Boston who’s trying to bring her city under control). There’s no question that there are people who claim to represent, people like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson who’s primary concerns are their own wallets and having their faces plastered on the front page, who help no one. 

images We need to come together as one people, united in love for community country, God, whatever. I know the odds are against me and it likely won’t happen but hey, a girl can dream, right? Stop tearing down the city you choose – choose life over death, will you? 

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Just Because You Can – Doesn’t Mean You Should

Dear Family, Friends and allies

Once more, a change is upon us…tomorrow I am calling the Salvation Army and the R.J.Montgomery Center here in Colorado Springs to get my family into the shelter. Please be in prayer for us. We’ve been dealing with homelessness a long time and we yearn to have a place of our own. This is going to mean splitting up- Raphael will be in the men’s area and I will be in the women’s with Ish (unless we can get them to have Ish stay with Raphael which would be the best thing, as Raphael has taken care of Ish while I worked or went to school for 3/4 of his life.

We are excited by the prospect of leaving, no question. I am, and so is Raphael, scared to death while simultaneously understanding that this is what we need to do in order to get closer to town; for me to be able to take the class I need to take in order for us to get cash assistance until a job comes and to be closer to court so that I can get my license back, though it wasn’t my fault I lost it, still it wears on me as I am a law abiding citizen and would never in a million years, have risked my license for any reason. That’s water under the bridge and not worth going into. I have enough to deal with right now.

I don’t know who amongst you have been homeless, have dealt with it or lived it or known people who were, but I beg you, as a person who’s suffered more bullshit than I should have had to deal with, living in a “Godly” country (especially with a child involved and a happily put together family), to reach out to those who need help. Don’t wait till the “right family/individual” comes along- if you see a need- meet it. The church should have been knocking down my door to help- and they haven’t said a damn word. Few are the people I have been able to rely on, namely, the people of my house who are in this situation with me. The others have come and gone- done their bit then gone home and either prayed for us (very much appreciated) or forgotten all about us. They will answer to God for that- it’s not up to me.

I am here primarily to let any and all know, who read my blog or are following me, to patiently wait for my return. I know – most people don’t know who I am and pretty much could care less but for those who DO care- I love you and I will be back, God willing, before very long.

Thank you. Thank you for your prayers. This is hell on earth we are going through- children shouldn’t have to suffer like this and it rips my heart out to see the innocence with which Ish goes through life. Praise God he’s tough like Daddy and joyful like I normally am…with people like him in the world- there’s certainly hope yet.

 

Dear Family, Friends and allies