In honor of Derrion Albert, I want to hold my sons extra close. Kiss and hug them. Make sure they know I love them. Give them the wisdom and strength to never be seduced by the MOB mentality. Give them whatever mental readiness and protection I can give them to never be caught up as victims of the MOB mentality.
Lord have mercy.
How can you fight the MINDLESSNESS of a mob? How can you protect the youth from this?
How can you even defend yourself against this tide of emotion, of pent up hatred and bitterness? I have no idea. It depresses the hell out of me to say it, but I have no idea how to win this war. Helplessness is the ultimate fear, but instead of going the route of this society and just drowning that fear in materialism (iphones and rims and fancy new anything) or distraction (movies and video games and social networking) or even at the bottom of a bottle... I am just gonna sit here filled with fear and broken hearted. Let it soak in. Maybe then I wont forget it quite so soon.
And for any vultures waiting to prey upon the death of Derrion and use it in their jihad against a black president or against what they see as the loss of American values..... slow down. This pic is for you. Is this is the "golden era" of America - the one you are trying so hard to go back to?
You recognize the glee in the eyes?
Yeah, its the same look you might see in pictures or videos on the internet of troubled dirtbags beating up homeless people or in certain jaded, blood-lusting US soldiers throwing puppies of cliffs or randomly lobbing grenades into villages and herds of sheep as they drive by in their strykers or even of the group of elementary school kids when somebody calls, "FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT!"
It has, of course, nothing to do with skin color or region or religion or any other societal distinction. We have all seen the fire of rage and violence that spreads so quickly across the dry kindling of a population at the edge and most often suffering themselves. Germany. Chicago. Rwanda. South Central. Mississippi.
This is a human problem without an easy answer. I would venture guesses at solutions but that is all they would be.
All I know for sure is that the strongest stuff around is love. Much stronger that fear. Perfect love casts out fear. Much stronger than hate. Hate is often love let down. Much stronger than any other force on Earth. My daddy taught me that, both in word and in deed. So if you want to make a difference tomorrow, go love some people today. Love your kids. Love your parents. Love your friends. Love your neighbors. Try swapping the attitude for gratitude and help turn this society around. That means even loving your enemies. And that is where the real battle begins...