How Much Do Black Lives Matter?

July 1, 2020
Oakland, CA
Sunny and warm

Saturday night I went online and joined Black Lives Matter. It was the funeral of Rayshard Brooks, a young man with a wife and two children, shot by police, that was the trigger. I cried with them and then thought, I have to do something besides cry! So I joined Black Lives Matter because they are the ones specifically targeting police psychopathy.

We have to move forward carrying both the good and the bad in our consciousness. As human beings, we tend to dwell on either one or the other. Either we allow evil to occupy our minds and develop depression, or we choose to dwell only on what is good and beautiful and ignore what is ugly and shockingly evil.

“Bad things happen because good people allow them to happen,” said my mentor when I asked him why there was so much evil in the world. Good people cannot prevent bad things from happening if they close their eyes and refuse to look at evil. Denial may help them feel happy, but it allows evil people, like police psychopaths for instance, to proceed unimpeded with their business, which is creating misery and destruction.

Now is the golden opportunity for the good people of the world, those who want to see a world where everyone is happy, healthy, has opportunity and where no one suffers, to make their voices heard. The pot is being stirred. Greed, narcissism, deception are rising to the top where they can be seen, skimmed off, and thrown out. Our eyes are being opened to see the real meaning of the ominous crack in our Liberty Bell.

Truth is not always beautiful. It is like a rock, and I believe that good people, who are most of us, holding onto that rock and searching for the ways they can help, will bring us through these harrowing times to a brilliant, just, and equitable future.

In hopefulness,

Kindly visit the Facebook page of my mentor, Rahul Starr Patel.
Recommended reading: My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies

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