Everybody start singing a new song. The direction we are headed in, moving forward, is one of empowerment!
We can stand together. Strong! Tall! Intelligent! There is power in practicing what is the BEST OF US!!!!
I watched a video of a minister in Richmond, CA named Ben McBride who stopped on the side of the road because a woman in his community had been stopped by the police. At the time of her stop, they were training a young deputy. Reverend McBride's intention was to be a support because he had been working in the community as a person who is dedicated to being the change he wants to see. He was and still is committed to doing more to serve the needs of his community especially in the aftermath of the increased police shootings and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement.
On November 19, 2016 he was literally just doing what he always did, but on this occasion he became outraged at what he witnessed. He was appalled at how the police were not exercising discretion when stopping this woman in his community. She had expired tags.
Instead of writing her a ticket and giving her an opportunity to gather the money necessary to pay for her registration, they decided to TOW HER CAR and leave her stranded in the middle of the night at the side of the road.
What followed was a verbal reprimand of those officers that has literally gone viral to the tune of
"Love is the only cement that can hold this broken community together. When I am commanded to love, I am commanded to restore community, to resist injustice and to meet the needs of my brothers" -- Ben McBride
"We have to step into the shoes of other people in order to understand people's realities" -- Ben McBride
What you see depends on where you are standing. -- C.S. Lewis