Some of you will never know what it’s like to teach your children to love all people as God calls us to, and have to wipe their tears when someone treats them with hate because of the color of their skin.
Some of you will never know the excitement and pride of being an American … and then learn a history lesson that makes you question your nationality.
Some of you will never know the fear that creeps up on you as blue lights flash in your rearview mirror. You hope and pray you’ll leave with a ticket instead of a bullet or an unjust arrest.
Some of you will never know the hurt that a double take causes when a person glances at your resume and then your skin wondering how the two exist together.
Some of you will never know the fear that comes over you as you drive through a town that has sun down laws—you know when the sun goes down you shouldn’t be there.
Our cry is not to widen the divide but to experience the same freedoms and feelings others receive without question.
To be treated with love as God commanded regardless of our skin color. To rock the red, white, and blue with pride that our ancestors fought for equality. To roll our eyes in derision over a speeding ticket instead of sweating bullets for carrying a licensed concealed weapon.
To walk into a interview and not think we’re not going to get the job because we’re too many shades pass white. To explore the towns and cities of America and the history they offer without worrying about being escorted out or to the nearest tree.
If you had a retort established on your lips from the get go…maybe you’re the one I’m talking to. I’m asking you to fight for equality. To befriend the African-American neighbor down the street or the Muslim next door.
I don’t hate police and would love to call them in an emergency. It’s just that fear paralyzes my fingers and sweat overcomes my palms when I see them. Sadly, it’s because I’ve met officers in the past who showed me their hatred and not their sworn duty to protect and serve.
Lastly, I urge you to pray for our country. We can’t go on like this. I fear it’s only going to get worse. Let’s open the line of communication and seek to hear to understand and not to retort to win the argument.
Blessings to you,