(Artist: Orlando Black)
How many more #RestInPeace posts are we going to have to see splashed across our Social Media Pages?
How many more funerals are we going to have to attend?
How many more vigils are we going to have to hold?
How many more mothers are we going to have to console?
How many more instances do there need to be for you to see that there is a problem in “The Land of Liberty”?
History is repeating itself. Can’t you see it? There is a war going on and black lives are the target. Yet in the midst of great adversity still, somehow, We Rise. Though at times we may get weary, we are not broken. We hold on to our faith because we know from whence cometh our help. (Psalm 121:1) We know that this battle is not ours and although we are angry we put our trust in the Lord, because He says, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay.” (Romans 12:9) We stand on the shoulders of strong leaders, we walk on, and we persevere. The system may fail us, society may fail us, but the Lord never will.
It pains me to see the utter disregard for the countless lives that have been lost do to senseless violence. I am filled with questions and growing frustration about the turmoil that surrounds the black community. America, how much more do you expect us to take? When is enough enough?
Martin Luther King Jr, one of the world’s greatest activists’ said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness:only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate:only love can do that.” It is clear that we are living in times of darkness. In order for us to overcome these obstacles, we must rally together, with the common goal of shedding light on the underlying motivations of these violent acts. How can we move forward if we are not honest about where we are?
They will fight against you, but they will not overcome you, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord.”
~ Jeremiah 1:19 ~