Who has your back? Is there a need to worry when stepping out to catch a breath or taking a walk down the street or walking across the parking lot, driving down the highway or access road? Is there the need to worry about safety? There are many legitimate questions concerning the safety of lives on the streets and neighborhoods. When the very system expected to be for protection increasingly becomes the mechanism for taking life and a cause for concern, where does safety lie? When the very system expected to give freedom becomes the oppressor, how true is the ideal for which people stood through the bleak night to ensure the star-spangled banner remained flying. This is the system Rayshard Brooks expected to come to his aid and help him find hope in pursuit of life and happiness, instead it was two bullets in the back of an unarmed man running away, causing organ damage, loss of blood and death. This incident in a land in which the right to life is constitutional comes right on the back of George Floyd who was also terminated by the weight of the system pressing on his neck.
If the nation walks away without taking corrective action now, it calls into question the patriotic embrace of the ideals that define the nation. On June 19th in the year 1865, the reality of a broken snare was brought to light for the people held captive in the fowlers snare as the provision of freedom under the Emancipation Proclamation was rolled out to them. This freedom, however, continues to be elusive 155 years later as demonstrated in the brutalities that have thronged many onto the streets demanding a basic right to life. Blessed be God, the one in whom we trust, who has not given us as prey to the teeth of the system, because the snare is broken, and our souls have escaped as birds from the snare of the fowler. Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth. For those the fowler has taken, we ask for justice, we ask for redemption, we stand on the ramperts waiting to catch a breath amidst the unmerciful barrage, and asking that God will help keep the flag flying where we last saw it, proudly held at twilights last gleaming, as the red glare of rockets and bombs bursting in the air gave proof that the flag was still there. If freedom and right to life have no meaning today, that night has no meaning either. However, because of that night on which it could be seen that the flag was still standing by dawn’s early light, we should be confident today that we are covered by liberty and justice for life and the pursuit of happiness, and justice will always come through untainted together with a reform that is consistent with the ideals and creed of the land.
June 19, 2020