Rage, Hate & Wrong Actions
By now most are aware of the location of Ferguson Missouri. We know the names in the last couple weeks of ordinary people. People like Michael Brown, whose death inspired riots for days. Destruction of property, looting and tearing down a community doesn’t help anyone in the situation. It solves nothing. Others have been killed in the wake and it solves nothing.
How about the name Ralph Weems? Know that name? Probably not because Tupelo Mississippi has not been the place where days of riots happened. A group of a half dozen black cowards beat him as more watched, and the 32 year old who put his name on the dotted line to give his life if needed as a Marine is in the hospital recovering from a beating. Unlike the Missouri incident, however, 20 on 2 with not only served a beating but racial slurs called from the group it’s NOT seen as a hate crime. You see, there’s a double standard that should not be so.
Hate has no color. Hate selects enemies not for doing anything wrong but for being. Ralph Weems and David Knighten – both veterans – saw no skin color issues in those they served with. They were followed into a parking lot based on their skin color. They were attacked because of skin color. They were insulted during the attack because of skin color. That is hate. It is hate when blacks are the target. It’s hate when Matthew Shepherd was targeted. It’s hate when Ralph Weems is targeted and it’s a gross injustice in Mississippi if it’s allowed to pass because they were upset about Ferguson.
I’m upset about the targeting of veterans. I’m upset about the child killed in New Orleans by a black man, who unfortunately isn’t the only child killed recently. I’m upset about people targeting on what they THINK the truth is rather than being mature enough to find out what the truth is. I’m upset that there are black moms who can’t send their kids to the store because they may not come home. I’m upset that friends who are black don’t have the luxury of life as I do, where getting pulled over isn’t fear of being harassed. It’s a sick world too often and it makes me angry.
But I’m not organizing someone to go tear down Tupelo in protest! At what point do we stop dancing around and say enough? Wrong is wrong. We can’t change the past. Not yesterday, not two weeks ago or a month ago or 100 years ago. We can stand and say it stops now…but it doesn’t.
If there aren’t enough standing firm, talking to find a better way, tired of their kids, brothers, cousins dying it won’t be enough unless a better way is found. Our communities, our society needs a better way. It needs to be before someone else dies to hate and ignorance.
Is wanting and needing enough?