Listen as I share one of my blog posts in audio form, from 2020, my commentary on the 4th of July, what freedom really means, and how it affects us today.
Listen to my reflections on the Breonna Taylor case, one year after her tragic shooting by the Louisville Police.
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – MLK
Where do I begin? In the words of Marvin Gaye, “What’s Going On?”, is all I can come up with. Today is the day we commemorate the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He stood for Nonviolence, Unity, Equality, and Love. Dr. King was all about Change and it came with some Controversy. Change is NEVER easy, for anyone. However, in the last few weeks, in fact, last few years, many of the tenets on change, and how we should deal with it, that Dr. King taught, have not been demonstrated by our national leadership. And this lack of character in times of change, has unfortunately, trickled down to the masses, leaving many of them feeling, somehow disenfranchised and dissolusioned about their privilege and place in society. I’m sorry you feel this way. But people who look like me have been disenfranchised for the entirety of our presence in this place we call America, by people who look like you. The difference: Dr. King, John Lewis, and others, practiced peaceful and nonviolent protest, even in the wake of violence against them, from others. They got in, what John Lewis called, “Good Trouble”, because equality, is a right, we all should advocate for and this is the concept that the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement have continued to keep alive in order to make change in our law enforcement system. This is how Stacey Abrams made change in Voting Rights and elections in the state of Georgia. Nonviolence. Peace. Social Justice. Simple. What many of you showed us by storming the Capitol Building, was how intolerant you are of change and it scares me how much some of you want things to remain the same, frozen in time. That’s not how change works. And until you see America as a place that belongs to all of us, everyone who lives here, even those that don’t look like you, change will continue to be a burden to you instead of being seen as something to make both our lives better. That’s a battle you will have to deal with on your own. Until you figure it out, we’ll continue to work on making Dr. King’s dream come true because we still have a ways to go, with or without you. #MLKDay #LoveThyNeighbor #ChangeIsGood #LoveNotHate
Update: As of 10/28/20, there still have been no charges filed against any of the officers involved in this case. Also, various Grand Jury members have spoken out and expressed frustration with the handling of this case. And get this, none of the Grand Jury members have ever met the KY Attorney General, Daniel Cameron.
GRAND JURY Report 10/3/20. Please READ. This report from the Grand Jury hearing from the fatal Breonna Taylor shooting, has lots of holes in it, lots of Innuendos and stereotypes, assumptions about black men, lots of exaggeration on the behalf of the police. Absolutely NOTHING about this case sounds right nor does it sound like above the board police work. The fact that this was a hodgepodge of random officers, who were not all clear about why they were there that night is a huge problem. Tragic. Confusion. I hope heads roll, the officer who shot Breonna, the officers who botched the warrant, the officers, who botched the entrance into her apartment, and most of all, Daniel Cameron, the KY Attorney General. This clearly, is a travesty of justice for Breonna Taylor.
Grand Jury Report. Breonna Taylor case
A door busted open. A chaotic scene. A life taken. What the Breonna Taylor grand jury audio reveals