My Facebook News Feed is filled with images of black men and women who have been murdered in the US over the past year. Each day there is at least one new occurrence, “proof” that black lives don’t matter in this country. I have watched to see who posts these images and who responds. And over the weeks have questioned the friendship of those who state that they are allies, but whose voices are silent on this matter. A door in my heart is closing. And I wonder about your silence on something as important as this.
I am reminded of one of my favorite quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr.:
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. ”
As with all acts of questioning and finger-pointing, there always come a time to look in the mirror, to ask myself about my own public silence. So here I am. ASTONISHED at the recent Grand Jury findings concerning Michael Brown and Eric Gardner. Wondering what they are seeing that I don’t see. Heartbroken. Angry. Questioning.