I love how this man writes. I read this and it stirred in my mind what happened this weekend in Texas when I was down there officiating at Baylor and UT Arlington. We are Americans, something that my friends all over the world find fascinating. We escaped poverty and oppression and came to America. We believe in the rights of others and in their inalienable right to privacy and freedoms. So let me tell you a story, I was flying Delta this weekend and was in Atlanta on a layover, we arrived a little late and had to hustle to our gates. A gate near mine had closed and around a half dozen folks from another flight rushed to the door but it was closed and no one was going to open it. A young african american woman came out of the closed door after securing the departing flight and informed these folks that the gate door was not going to open. People were upset, the plane was right there why not. I agreed with them, I have never understood this. When you have that large number of people, get them on. A moment later a middle aged white male starts yelling at this young woman, I mean yelling. He is pointing, screaming and threatening. No one in that group or folks standing around did anything. I am a waiting, waiting for someone to step up. But this is America, he is mad, she deserves it. So typical. In officiating this is the same, in fact in many families, this is the norm. A wife/girlfriend does not perform well, the husband/man abuses her. So I said enough. I walked up to the man and told him to stop. He told me to F off. This is the kind of man that needs help. This is the kind of man that is killing We the People. This is the kind of man that killed the We the People in a Texas church. Women are not the problem, men are being raised in American homes, schools, churches and the military in ways that are undermining their futures and the futures of their families and others. Women and men need to step up and stop the violence against women and others.
Something else that has me often flabbergasted. While in Texas at Baylor when someone asked me about my daughter, how she was doing. I told them as I often do that she just cracks me up. That she was now going to South Korea to teach and go to school. I was hoping someplace close like Madison maybe, if anything maybe Edinburgh, Scotland where she had been accepted before she had decided on NYU. No, while I was officiating in Turkey she texted me and told me she had decided. It was going to be South Korea. These folks in Texas looked at me and said, “wow, aren’t you worried about that. With North Korea the way it it”. This was before this horrifying event in Texas. I find it fascinating, our country is one of the most dangerous for it citizens. Yet we look at other countries with a complete lack of awareness, we are one of the most violent countries in the world for our women and children. For African American men, for many of our people. It’s this independence that is our most amazing characteristic but also our achilles heel. We mind our own business and allow others to do the same. We must start a movement of all all of us to protect our own, not just our own family, our own people. Even those we do not know. We have to protect them from violence, oppression and mistreatment. Even if they may have made a mistake. To show love and empathy even if what they have done has had a negative impact on someone, someone like the white man at the Delta gate. I am asking all of us to open our eyes and look around you. Look outward and help others, regardless of the situation.
I try not to write about gun violence. The gun violence won’t let me though.
In the three years I’ve hosted this blog, I’ve written 200 essays, give or take. 11 of them have been in the wake of mass shootings so sensationally horrific that writing about anything else would have been inappropriate.
Here’s number 12.
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