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My Ferguson Response, We Are Destined for More

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Slavery in America

In four months I will hit the big 5-0. Over my life I have heard the dreams and promises for Black (African American) people from many like my grandmother, born just a few years after slavery ended up to to millennials. As I watched the aftermath of Ferguson not getting the justice they hoped for, I couldn't help but wonder when it will be our turn?
You see, as long as I can remember others have told us to stay at peace and how Martin Luther King, Jr had helped us so much. We were told things would be different when Blacks broke ceiling such as becoming President, CEOs, etc. I am still waiting. In fact, it seems that for all we have gained, the walls of racism have not fallen, but been strengthened and hidden by a polite mask.
When our soul cries out for justice or equality we are met with disdain or the crimes of the few are used to justify the denials to the whole. There are always reasons to silence the Black voice. Admittedly we are a group who does not have a true leader. Those who spoke for us before have used their status not to help Black people, but to line their pockets and a photo-op with a sitting President.
So what do we do when our own, who could have led have left us, and those who should allow us to help ourselves continue to oppress us?
There is a deep hurt in the Black Community that needs a healing. Injustice and oppression cannot continue without a response. Proverbs 13:12 says that a hope deferred makes the heart sick. Later in Proverbs 18:14, the wise one tells us that we can endure illness, but a broken spirit no one can bear.  Our soul has been stifled for so long, so now find ourselves  facing its mirror of hard truths.
The main one being you can never gain your voice by destruction. We don't need to imitate the methods of those who wilfully and gleefully oppress and destroy, nor can we meet freedom with blood on our hands. We cannot demand equality while suppressing the voices of others by our own racism towards them. Most importantly, our anger should be a catalyst to  become better, not a  justification to destroy ourselves and others.
For too long outside forces have used our rightful anger against us, to hinder us from being educated and employed. But what they have done to us pales in comparison to what we have done to ourselves. We have not used our anger to get equality or a place at the table, but instead as an excuse to harm ourselves by becoming who we were never destined to be.
We were never meant to make the Ghetto our landing place. We  were never meant to have to bury our children because of drugs and gangs. We were meant for more! There is a strength that runs through our veins.  We must wake up to who we are, or we will forever be asking permission from those who have no reason to give us what we deserve. We can be more because we are more than we think we are.
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