When At War...

America has faced devastating tragedies within the past couple of weeks, where innocent lives were murdered, due to people’s assumptions being mistaken as the right thing to do. For a quick second, let’s forget about the major part of the issue here, which is racism. Whether you are black, white, mocha, caramel, etc., in the last two weeks, I’ve seen humans undoubtfully believe their actions of killing others was the right thing to do.  

During my lunch break I wanted to discover the uproar on Twitter the day after Alton Sterling was shot and killed. So I watched the murder of Philando Castile by a Caucasian policeman and uncontrollable tears began rolling down my face. I couldn’t help but to pray listening to Castile’s girlfriend, Lavish Reynolds, question God of everything that took place. I get the chills just thinking about it…

To imagine my relative or a significant other gunned to death because of nothing, (literally nothing) it would take God plus every angel to help me not purge the living souls from every police officer guilty of murder shedding innocent blood. As a minority, I've learned to accept this world will not always love the color of my skin, exotic features or my interracial family. And experiencing discrimination and racist comments while growing up was difficult to deal with at times. For example, eating at fine dining restaurants, many eyes (mostly white) turned towards my family and I, as if they wandered whether we could afford a fancy meal or not? Eating like this was very uncomfortable. Due to people’s perceptions, I couldn't enjoy a simple dinner without being looked down upon.

A few weeks ago I supported a Black Lives Matter movement in Columbus. During the walk, I heard an unnecessary comment, “I’m black and support the movement, but it’s too d**n hot to keep walking.” Obnoxious and ignorant were the words that came to mind. The ignorance didn’t end there however, a young African-American man jumped on cars shouting out nonsense.

When at war, we as minorities have yet to figure out how to attack unjust situations as such, in peace and in unity. When making our opinions known, how can we encourage our own not to start riots, war, and shed more innocent blood? The immaculate Dr. King stated, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” The words by Dr. King are poignant and bring hope to many, including myself.

Rest in peace to the recent victims: Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Montrell L. Jackson, Brad Garafola, Matthew Gerald, Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael Krol, Michael Smith, Brent Thompson, and Patrick Zamarripa.