We Must Stand Together!
These times can be very daunting. Knee bending asphyxiations, point-blank-in-the-back shootings, unnecessary assassinations, and assaults by rogue law enforcers - heartbreaking, to say the least. Names of the fallen have become as memorable as the words of my favorite song – the difference being one brings joy to sing a refrain, the other causes pain to call their name - so with mourn ~ Trayvon Martin - Tamir Rice - Michael Brown - Walter Scott - George Floyd - Breonna Taylor - Atatiana Jefferson - Stephon Clark - Botham Jean - Philando Castille - Freddie Gray - Eric Garner and many more. Many of us can recite these names as easily as we can recall the names of our dearest family and friends. Life-less names burned into our psyche and spirit - forever etched and never to be released. For their being symbolized our right to exist. The love expressed for them in protest is a demonstration of our natural love for our sons and daughters, for our brothers and sisters. Their untimely death moves us - individually and personally - because it could have been you, and it certainly could have been me; with a racist knee on our neck or a rain of bullets in our back. Our hearts weep for the fallen – for the civic soldiers who died in combat for their right to exist; who fought a war they never signed up for. The memorials that remained were mothers and fathers who wept indiscriminately and uncontrollably, for them and others who died like them. Public executions that produce parades of video recounts - on TV and social media - at times in protest, sometimes in regret, but often for ratings and clicks. Showcased like instruments in a marching band but with no music. The only drumbeat that we heard and still hear are the bangs of gun squeals, and the pat-and-turn of protesters’ heals.
We are in a time when we must turn to The Creator for guidance and instruction and to each other for help and hope. We must call on the names of the martyred for strength and support. We must stand on the shoulders of our ancestors - from those stolen from the shores of Africa to yesterday - and asks for their wisdom and strength. We must remember all those who were crucified for the sake of being black ~ Medgar Evers, Harry & Harriette Moore, Martin Luther King Jr., and Malcolm X. We must stand together - for all those who died because of racism, vigilantism, and capitalistic cruelty; for every slave whipped and beaten; for every slave-child yanked from the arms of their mother; for every wandering slave father. We must stand together for every civic life slain under the cloak of law enforcement; for the sake of justice for Emmett Till, the name of Fannie Lou Hamer and the sacrifice of Harriet Tubman; for every breath stolen by the red hands of the lynching tree and the dark hearts of the suffocating knee. We must stand together for the new slave of a biased prison for profit industrial complex; for those who fought for souls and soil – by land, air and sea; for every grieving heart and every weeping eye; for the sake of peace and justice for every living being – we must stand together! YES - we have enough strength to fight on, march on, live on, breathe on, vote on, stand on, teach on, and preach on. And we must - for the sake of love, our babies, hope, peace, and our future - we must! We are in a fight for peace and justice for all people - regardless of race, color, creed, faith, sexual inclination, or gender identity. My brothers and sisters - our hearts beat with one rhythm that connects all people - all souls - all lives - here and gone. So, for the sake of love, life, and liberty, we must stand together! ~ William Glenn Bean (9.7.2020)