If you care about the living…

A man is dead.

If you claim to be pro-life, this should bother you.

Thousands of people have died this year. If life matters to you, this should be devastating.

It shouldn’t matter how people die, born or unborn. If you care about the living, the loss of life, any life, at any age, should tear at your inner being.

If you’re willing to sacrifice the older generation so we don’t lose our financial well-being, shame on you.

And… how we treat the living matters.

Please don’t ask why there is so much hate in the world, and then blast “that woman from Michigan” on social media – calling her a dumbass, a bitch, or worse… as I’ve seen on here. That is why there is hate in this world. Hate exists because we fail to see past our own ideals, our own beliefs and our own objections to consider the thoughts and dilemmas of others. You can dislike and disagree, of course. It’s actually expected, just please recognize that spewing divisive rhetoric breeds hateful actions.

We are, of course, free to have our own opinions and entitled, in this country at least, to share them. That doesn’t make us right. It doesn’t make us better, and it certainly doesn’t make us more dignified.

If you believe that we should all have equal access to the advantages America has to offer, the same freedoms and the same access to the numerous opportunities, then be just as outraged that there are STILL people in Flint, Michigan without access to clean water as you are about wearing a mask to your grocery store to pick up that case of bottled water and toilet paper. Because, as has been stated by some, all life matters.

If you think that it’s scary and sad for black men and women and young black boys and girls to live in fear of jogging, walking, driving, shopping, working or playing in playgrounds without the fear of violence and death overcoming them, think about what you can do to stop that notion from perpetuating further. Perhaps your voice is louder and stronger than you believe, and you might be able to use your available platforms to speak truths against injustices.

Use your voice when it isn’t Facebook popular. Use your voice even when it might cause others to squirm. Use your voice to support locally-owned black businesses and restaurants. GO to locally-owned black businesses and restaurants. Be a part of a community.

Also, please don’t expect black people to have the answers to the racism that comes from White America. Racism towards Black America doesn’t come from Black America. Racism is White America’s problem to confront. Black America doesn’t have the answers for you. Expecting Black America to have the answers you seek is futile. Start looking inward. No, I’m not saying you are racist. I am saying, however, that if you are white, you are much more part of the solution to racism in this country than I am as a black man.

Positive thoughts and prayers ARE actually helpful, it’s just not all there is. Of course, solidarity walks and runs, peaceful protests, calling publicly elected officials and demanding action on corrupt prosecutors also need to happen.

Remember how strong your voice is.

Above all, if you care about the living, consider how the lives around you are affected by your choice of words (on social media or otherwise) and your actions.

In the song Under Pressure, Freddie Mercury asks why can’t we give love, give love, give love – to which David Bowie responds – “Cause love’s such an old fashioned word
And love dares you to care for
The people on the edge of the night
And love (people on streets) dares you to change our way of
Caring about ourselves”

We should be willing to accept that dare – we are as under pressure as we’ve ever been.

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