Today my heart is heavy…

Life has been busy; thus it has been a while since I wrote a blog post.  But today I woke up with the need to share…

Today my heart is heavy…  As I watched the reactions of people, those I know and those I do not, from the Grand Jury’s verdict in the Ferguson Case (google Ferguson Missouri or see any major news outlet if you are not aware about Ferguson) I was rendered speechless.  I prayed and then I cried.  hands up, don't shootMarch on Washington

I cried tears of sorrow for the loss of so many brown men/boys.  I cried tears of angst for the blaming, shaming, and name calling (by people of all shades and colors) that has ensued as ordinary people grieve the loss of a young man who could be any of our sons, brothers, fathers, or friends; and as misunderstood activist are belittled, demeaned or cast aside for attempting to raise awareness regarding the repeat instances of unprovoked, unnecessary, or unjustified violence against men and women of color, especially those with skin of darker shades and hues.

I cried because… It is not wrong to stand up when you are wronged- and I wanted to stand tall.  It is not wrong to actively and passionately fight against an unjust system- and I wanted to protest, scream, and tear something down.  But I set still and prayed because I know- it will always be wrong to use anger, hate, and vengeance to stereotype, fault, shame and/or blame an entire group of people for the ignorance, racist, or prejudice beliefs and acts of a few.  When we do these things we continue the cycle.  I hurt because yesterday was an opportunity to use voices and actions to make a stand that was not only witnessed, but heard.  Yesterday was an opportunity to rewrite the story of Ferguson as not just a tale of unjustified violence but as a story of a hurt people coming together, strategizing, and making a call to action for real change!  But that story will not be written; because again the small acts of a few will overshadow the positive and peaceful acts of the many.  Yesterday’s actions yet again fuel headlines focused on people of color and violence.

CNN website post Ferguson verdict

So, today my heart is heavy and I am wondering if your’s is as well?  Let me know, share your thoughts after the T.

Love,
T

Advertisements

Principle designer at Noelle Ivey Designs, graphic, print & social media design for @mrcbu & @buodei, and #PSPfit Admin. I am a creative being that loves to read, sometimes write, but always watch and listen! My heart cries out for peace, love, acceptance and service of others.

Posted in Injustice, Social Justice
One comment on “Today my heart is heavy…
  1. My heart is heavy too. Thank you for writing this.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 2,502 other followers

Follow me on Twitter
Instagram: @tbarnes41
Happy Founders’ Day to all my #KappaAlphaPsi favs. #J5 #CrimsonandCream
Best of 2018 part 1: For The People (just a few of them). To say this year has been easy would be lying— my faith was certainly put to the test. I was pushed, stretched, and challenged in so many ways. I experienced some amazing highs and a lot of lows. A good chunk of the year I was in a funk I didn’t think i’d escape, but God. I leave 2018 whole, happy, encouraged, motivated and inspired all due to some of the amazing people I met. Thank you to each of you for helping me grow this year. #Bestof2018 #thisismyyear #Bye2018 #NYE
Missed the game due to traveling, but 🤷🏽‍♀️ you know what it is... It’s a Gator Nation. And, 41 is that magic numba 😉. #GoGators #HardlyHomeButAlwaysReppin
Happy Holidays, love— from my mini and I.
Let’s go Warriors... Family time at the courts. #GirlsBallToo
Upgraded to the top of the class. Huntsville here I come. Flight two now in session. 💺🙏🏾🥳🙌🏾🥰🤷🏽‍♀️ #GoodGoodSeats
Alabama here I come... Flight one now in session. 😴💺🛫
Tis the season for scholarship, dress-up and gifting. Last night I had an amazing time with my sorors at @apalachinalumnaedst Give the Gift of Education Gala. Kudos to the planning committee, it was truly a beautiful event! Thanks to all of the Binghamton University students that attended, hope you enjoy your final exam gift. You got this! #DST1913 #RedAlert #MyBlackIsBeautiful #itsbeginningtolookalotlikechristmas
That time when you are featured on the news for being joyous, wild and free in your Ugly Sweater. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. #uglysweatercontest #WeAreBinghamton
A Queen, wild and free. #symbolrightnow
I woke with the urge to share, so here it goes! 🤷🏽‍♀️😚 • • My work home— @mrcbinghamton. I am indeed so proud of what you’ve become in such a short time. It’s only been a year and we’ve had thousands of visits, opened our prayer room, hosted a plethora of cultural organization programs, expanded our student employment opportunities, added collaborations with UCC and Fleishman, added electronic check-in, and so much more. • • Bing we’re open from 9am-12am for Final Exam Extended Hours, today through Dec. 14th— come study with us. 📝📚📓💯 • • And, to all my favorite MRC & Bing alumni, come back and visit. You will love this place. 😉💚 • #WeAreBinghamton #ForTheCulture
A little more knowledge to help your holiday be “inclusive” or well, less racist. 📸 📝: @rachel.cargle (link in her bio).
Archives
%d bloggers like this: