Police Shooting Underscores Need for Justice

Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 09:24 AM

By Dr. Alveda C. King

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Another young black male is dead; this time in Saint Louis.

Eighteen year old Michael Brown was allegedly gunned down by a local police officer in Ferguson, Mo. last Saturday.

This time let’s not spin this into yet another argument over gun control.

Let’s do something to stop the killing of our children and our young people. Michael could have been stabbed or choked to death. The method isn’t the problem. The problem is that our society must begin to value life, tempered with justice and liberty for everyone. On the same day that Michael was shot, I shared these very same sentiments at a Family Leadership Summit in Iowa.

America needs love, not violence.

American needs revival, not anarchy. America needs Jesus!

Now in St. Louis, we must pray to avoid yet another series of angry retaliation against injustice. Amidst reported angry protests of racial profiling, intended peaceful prayer vigils are turning violent as protestors of the youth’s death are taking to streets with torches, looting and stealing and rampaging local business establishments.

This painful incident brings to mind my father the Rev. A. D. King in Birmingham, Ala. in 1963 when our home was fire bombed by rabid racists. The people were angry and wanted to riot. Daddy stood on the hood of a car with a megaphone and calmed the people, saying, “This is not the time to riot. This is the time to pray. Please, protest, stand up for our rights, but do this with nonviolence!”

In memory of my father and in honor to God, I urge nonviolence in the demand for justice of  Michael’s death. This is not the time to burn, this is the time to turn our prayers towards heaven and seek nonviolent and just solutions to what has happened to Michael.

This must be done for his family, his neighbors, and our nation.

In Florida, Trayvon Martin was shot by a self proclaimed vigilante peace officer as he was returning home from the store with candy and soda pop. Martin was also unarmed.

I remain encouraged as I remember the reaction of young Martin’s parents, who called for peace and for justice. The parents maintained their dignity while fighting for justice for the loss of their son.

When a child is killed in the womb, or years later, his or her dreams are aborted. In order for justice to prevail, hearts need to be calmed, tempers need to be calmed, the facts need to be determined. In order for justice to prevail, the judicial system must be allowed to take its course.

To burn down gas stations, loot and steal and rampage local business establishments won’t bring Michael back, to his family or to our hurting world. I join my cousin Elder Bernice King, CEO of the MLK Center in Atlanta in a call for nonviolence as justice is sought for Michael Brown in Saint Louis, and for a moratorium on violence all over the world.

Bernice has launched a call for 365 days of nonviolence at Choosenonviolence.org.

I am honored to support our pro-life movement at Africanamericanoutreach.org.
As the daughter and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. we know from what we have learned from our legacy, love never fails.

Nonviolence is the key to peaceful conflict resolution.

Dr. Alveda C. King grew up in the civil rights movement led by her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She is a pastoral associate and director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries. Her family home in Birmingham, Ala., was bombed, as was her father’s church office in Louisville, Ky. Alveda herself was jailed during the open housing movement. Read more reports from Dr. Alveda C. King — Click Here Now.
 

 



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