Blog Entry #03 – Black Lives Matter
I can’t blog about tensions with police without also talking about Black Lives Matter (BLM) and their grievances. The African-American community is protesting unfair treatment by the police. This tension has been going on for a very long time without resolution and is now come to the forefront of our national discussion. The BLM movement came to the forefront after the Trayvon Martin and later Ferguson incidents. The movement later evolved into one against all “societal and institutional” violence against black individuals.
According to the official BLM, (http://blacklivesmatter.com/guiding-principles) their guiding principle regarding Restorative Justice is “We are committed to collectively, lovingly and courageously working vigorously for freedom and justice for Black people and, by extension all people. As we forge our path, we intentionally build and nurture a beloved community that is bonded together through a beautiful struggle that is restorative, not depleting.”
There is all type of information regarding BLM. Some stress the importance of peaceful protest and others are more aggressive. The BLM protestors in the picture below showed their desire for peace by forming a human peace sign in Inglewood Los Angeles, CA. Even though they shut down the freeway, the protest was conducted without violence.
Black Lives Matter Protestors Form Giant Peace Sign In Front Of Randy’s Donuts
In a perfect world, all citizens are treated with respect by law enforcement and law enforcement members are treated with respect by its citizens. People will say that the world is not perfect but the closer we get to it, the better. I think Nelson Mandela said it best.
Let’s pray that everyone keeps a cool head and work together for a peaceful and unified community.
Prayer to Saint Anthony, Zealous for Justice
Dear Saint Anthony, you were prompt to fulfill all justice.
You respected other people’s rights and treated them with kindness and understanding.
Saint Anthony, Zealous for Justice, teach me the beauty of this virtue.
A prayer for healing
Lord, You invite all who are burdened to come to you.
Allow Your healing Hand to heal me.
Touch my soul with Your compassion for others;
Touch my heart with Your courage and infinite love for all;
Touch my mind with Your Wisdom, and may my mouth always proclaim Your praise.
Teach me to reach out to You in all my needs, and help me to lead others to You by my example.