COURAGE: A 2016 Perspective

Good Morning, Warrior Women! Today’s message is written in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. King was a just man~ whose devout faith in God led him to fulfill his purpose as a humanitarian. A believer in non-violence, Dr. King felt that one day freedom from injustice would rise up over hatred and racism from which this great country’s foundation was built. Dr. King’s dream was that everyone would be treated with respect and dignity, regardless of their skin color. Like Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dr. King stepped out in faith, putting his one life on the line to right the wrongs in America. These men stood for civil rights, specifically for their fellow-man and woman of color, but inclusive were the rights for all. Such brave men of courage who did not let fear rule their purpose!
We need courage to live the life we want to live, to do the things we want to do and to speak when we need to speak.

 

We need courage to stand up against injustice, racism, hatred, sexual molestation of children and heinous crimes committed against one group of people by another group of people. It takes courage to unite against domestic and workplace abuse. It takes courage to become the better person. The reality of having courage is that most of the world’s people don’t have it. It takes courage to initiate change for the betterment of a world’s people. Who among us would be as obedient in the fight for justice? Who is to become the next Martin Luther King Jr. or a young and courageous Malala Yousafzai? The world bleeds for such leaders.

We all want to believe that we’re brave enough, but the reality is, we’re not. We’re not brave because we fear how others in the world might perceive us. We don’t sign petitions for change, join advocacy groups that call attention to wrong or speak on #BlackLivesMatter because we fear opposition. So, we straddle the fence by either not speaking or we attempt neutrality by echoing the redundant phrase that all lives matter. And, yes it does, but we know good and well that white people privilege secures their safety against police brutality and certain death. It is not the white male population or female who continues to lose their lives just because they’re standing, walking or driving while “White.” Could it be that with all of our intellect and religious teachings that people of color fear mainstream America? Or, are we so desensitized to how we are viewed by mainstream America that we remain in the docile position that warns us not to upset the ‘apple-cart” and we’ll be fine? Are we, like Malcolm Said, “Bamboozled?” I’m no P.H.D trying to examine the minds of any demographic. My purpose as an advocate for humane rights is to address the wrongs in the hope that we all unite to share compassion and empathy and love for others. To quote Dr. King, “Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

We don’t practice all that we preach in important areas of our living because we fear being ostracized or maligned by family, friends, colleagues, and strangers hiding their true nature behind a computer screen. At the end of the day, we are spiritual being living a human existence and who asks to be victimized? Unfortunately, the world is composed of hate mongers spreading gossip, innuendos and vicious lies that can attack our character and possibly ruin our lives.. It doesn’t get easier when you stand in your authentic truths.

I was viciously assaulted by an fb follower in 2015 for speaking out against police brutality, in reference to officers having to wear body cams. I’m 100% for it, by the way. I was threatened by a young gang member when his crew took over the neighborhood where old folks lived and young children played, back in the day when my own children were growing up on that street. We have to stand for something…
We don’t have the courage we need because we fear we might “piss” off someone else and that someone might come for us in the most unflattering way. We value ourselves more than we value a world’s ever-changing truths. So, we don’t court controversy or anything close to upsetting issues happening all around us that threaten not only our lives, but the lives of our children. We are not willing to pay the piper of a biased media, oppose right ring conservatives pouting racist rhetoric and so we pray about it and we keep mum and pray for deliverance.
For the religious, the spiritual, the believer, the Saint, we know how God thinks. So, we know that “prayer” without “works” is dead. We are human, with the freedom to interpret how prayer and works manifest in our lives and belief system.

When we walk in our authentic truths, we trust and believe that God gave us purpose for being. Pray for the courage you need to stand against all the wrongs in our world. Keep doing the work and trust and believe on God’s word, “No weapon formed against us shall proper.”Stay prayed up, walk in faith and keep fighting the good fight. I speak it, trust it and believe it: Good triumphs over Evil~ every time.
Let’s unite as a compassionate and loving people in voice, in teaching, in speak and in continuation of the positive change Dr. King and others with courage stood and died for.

thk

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