Good afternoon all. I want to apologize for the lateness of my post today. It has taken me all day to articulate my thoughts with all of the chaos in the news lately. I am saddened by the news and stories that have filled my social media platforms and any channels that are available on television. While I do not usually speak out about my feelings on these subjects, I could not stay silent today. I want you all to know starting out, that these are my opinions and I do not expect you to agree or disagree with me. I just feel that I have to speak my mind.
I have seen and heard nothing in the last few days, except chaos and riots over the injustice surrounding police violence and the riots that are taking place all over the U.S. I am not here to take sides, because I personally believe that each side is wrong in the way this is being handled.
Before you fill my comments with hate and arguments, let me explain my point. I am a woman who has been raped three times in my life. I have been in two physically and psychologically abusive relations that have left scars that do not heal. I have been turned down for numerous jobs because I am a woman. So, by societal thinking, I should be against men. I should despise them all. But I don’t. Why? Because I know that not all men are at fault for the injustices that have happened in my life. My rapists, abusers, and those who turned be away are the ones in the wrong.
I feel the same is true for the situations that have culminated into riots burning down our cities. I understand the pain from both sides. I have friends on all sides of the issue and see the animosity that arises from the injustices that are in this world. While what has happened is atrocious, I place blame for the injustices on those who have participated in them. The cops that kill without reason, the thieves who steal, the murderers who murder, and the racists who spout their hate.
This does not mean that all cops are corrupt, nor does it mean all people of color are criminals, that all immigrants are drug dealers, or that all men are rapists. I believe blame should be placed where it belongs. As I watch buildings burn and societies crumble, I cannot help but cry for the lives that are lost for a cause that should not have to be explained.
I do not believe that one life is more valuable than another just because of the color of their skin, the job that they do, or their sex. I believe that ALL LIVES MATTER. Not just those I agree with or associate with. Again, ALL LIVES MATTER!!!!
I pray for our world that is suffering through lock downs and crippling societal conflicts. I pray that a better world is on the horizon for all of us.
All Lives Matter
The world is spinning
Spiraling out of control
Sides are fighting
Looking for their broken hearts to console
As the hatred seeps in
Can they not see
This is not the way to win
Destruction begets destruction
The voices are becoming skewed
Old hatreds resurface
Old habits are quickly renewed
Cities are burning
Leaving towns to rebuild
Lives are lost
To justify so many who have been killed
This is not the answer
Though many see it this way
This is only the beginning
Of a higher price we will all have to pay
Peace is a luxury
Offered only to the meek
Those who are humble
In the justice they seek
So many are victims
Just as so many are at fault
Justice is not served though,
Through society’s assault
The destruction will not bring back
The lives that have been lost
Societal changes are what is needed
To decrease this unacceptable cost