17 08 2014

Shame on us! Shame on us all!

Shame on us — reporters and journalists, who came out last Saturday, immediately after Michael Brown was shot on the streets of Ferguson, MO, and sought to lead the public into believing that an innocent young man, walking to his grandmother’s house, was savagely executed by “police gone wild”!

Shame on us — network tv, that immediately began taking sides, using these tragic events to further the agenda of their networks in order to boost ratings, without regard for all the details, sharing way too many peoples’ opinions, and way too few facts.

Shame on us — those on the right, who refuse to acknowledge the blatant, and not-so-blatant, racism that continues to haunt our nation’s streets – a racism that results in racial profiling, harassment, and an oppression that holds people down and back, and that perpetuates negative stereotypes.

Shame on us — those on the left, who attempt to make everything a race issue, and who admirably speak up for the marginalized and those with no voice; but who, at the same time remain unwilling to talk about personal responsibility and holding people accountable for their actions.

Shame on us — those who claim to be moderates, who refuse to be driven to extreme positions, but who too often have no opinion, and who remain apathetically uninformed about this and so many other important issues of our day.

Shame on us — those who have been so quick to criticize law enforcement officials, the faithful men and women who put their lives on the line every day, and who deal with on-the-job stress and pressure that most of can’t even begin to imagine.

And shame on us — those who have become violent, looting and stealing, taking out their anger and aggression on the wrong people, and doing so for a Dollar Tree bag of chips and 2-liter bottle of soda.

Shame on us! Shame on all of us! Blinded by our own prejudices and biases, convinced that our concerns are the only ones worth addressing, we criticize and argue with one another, as if affirming another’s perspective invalidates our own. Because we are so uncomfortable with the grayness of life, we try to draw clear lines and create distinct boundaries, and fail to see that more often than not, there’s a little bit of truth in every position, and a little bit of right in those things we so often think are so wrong.

As a result, in the end, rather than coming together to support those who’ve been hurt; instead of giving one another time to grieve over mistakes made, violence inflicted, and lives lost; in the place of mercy, grace, and love – we make matters worse by polarizing people, and pitting one group against another.

Shame on us. Shame on us all!