Last week, his name was #RonnieShumpert.
His body was treated in the manner of a long line of Black bodies. Without value. Without rights. Without humanity. Without regard to the living soul that inhabited it.
Knocked out his teeth. Shot. Shot. Shot. Shot. Castrated. Like a slave. Like a Black man in Mississippi.
JESUS. JESUS. JESUS. JESUS. JESUS. JESUS. JESUS. JESUS. JESUS. JESUS. JESUS. JESUS. JESUS. JESUS.
Rather than prolong this, I’ll get right to it.
#1. My family is from Tupelo, MS. Please pray for the safety of my family and all other Black citizens there. And everywhere.
#2. White People. You need not wonder what you would do if you had been alive during the Civil Rights movement. Black People. You need not wonder what you would do if you had been alive during the Civil Rights movement. Hispanic, Asian and Native. You need not wonder what you would do if you had been alive during the Civil Rights movement.
The Civil Rights Movement is now. What you are doing is what you would have done. Are you reaching out in your everyday life to take that extra step of kindness, to notice, to reject, to teach your children, to speak against, to inform and be informed, to give of your authority, influence or power, to listen to Black people and hear with an empathetic heart? Do you ever ask, what can I do to consciously not be a part of the problem? Are you willing to see how anti-Black racism is embedded in America’s culture, your culture, America’s history, your school books, your government, your everyday life, your television, your magazines, your thoughts, your attitudes, your lens, your spirit, your mind? Does your stomach turn when you read what was done to this man? Or are you excusing it away with some justification for mutilation and murder that makes you feel at peace, feel safe? That makes you feel like you’re not a coward, not inhumane and not as twisted as your stomach should be?
I am Christian. Without question, what morality did not demand of me, Christianity clearly compelled.
Christians, please don’t think you can just Pontius Pilot your way through this. Apathy is going to mess around and leave blood on your hands. God cares about souls and every unjust, ungodly, sinful thing that’s done to them. He is grieved. And if you’re not grieved…
If this had been your husband, you’d be the first one at church weepin’ and a’wailin’, with your name on the prayer list for the bereaved… smh CARE. AND CARE PASSIONATELY. LOVE. PRAY. CRY LOUD AND SPARE NOT.
From the pulpit to the pew, we holla against fornication, lying, hypocrites – but where is your holla for this? THIS. IS. SIN. Sin of mass destruction at that. Sin by those amongst us that were intended to be executors of justice, the police. But too many have become overcome with spirits of hatred, pride, murder and perversion. They have long struggled to function in line with any purpose that is godly or right where Black and brown bodies are concerned. History confirms this. Graveyards whisper it. Prison yards prove it be true.
And as a result, children are grieving tonight. A wife is grieving. The fatherless and the widow. Will you grieve? Will you weep with them that weep? Christian and Moral One?
When the following video came through my facebook feed, I was reminded of the story of Cain and Abel.
8 …Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
9 And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?
10 And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.
Genesis 4:8-10 (KJV)
Dear Beautiful Black Children, dancing to the beat of blood in the name of the dead, I am saddened to say that you must add another name. Blood is calling. His name is #RonnieShumpert.
UPDATE: Children, add another name – #AltonSterling. This week, his name is Alton Sterling. Blood is calling.
UPDATE #2: Add another name – #PhilandoCastile. His name is Philando Castile. Blood is calling.
BLOOD IS CALLING…JESUS. JESUS. JESUS. JESUS. JESUS. JESUS. JESUS. JESUS. JESUS. JESUS. JESUS. JESUS. JESUS. JESUS…