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Let's Honor Garner and Brown

Friday, 05 December 2014 11:22 AM Current | Bio | Archive

"When a society is revenue driven, minorities can be seen as 'low hanging fruit' in a quota system from writing traffic tickets to arrest warrants. It's not so much about skin color as it is about economics," so says Niger Innis, on www.restorethedream2015.com. Mathew 5:9 states, “Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.”

Are Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Trayvon Martin tragic heroes?

Aristotle defines a tragic hero as one having  these characteristics:
  1. Flaw or error of judgment (hamartia)
  2. A reversal of fortune (peripeteia) brought about because of the hero's error in judgment
  3. The discovery or recognition that the reversal was brought about by the hero's own actions
  4. Excessive pride (hubris)
  5. The character's fate must be greater than deserved.
Why do we need human heroes anyway? We may think we need superhuman help. Why not look for something or someone real, supernatural, and powerful?

For me, there is only one who deserves to be a hero who is flawless and without blemish: the triune God.

Why aren't we hearing or reading more about God and prayer in the media?

For instance at www.thefergusonresponse.com; or the “2014 Evening of Prayer for Our City & The Urban World” hosted by Bishop Raphael Green, Bishop Raphael Green and other ministers and leaders in Ferguson; or the many prayer encounters with www.restorethedream2015.com.

It's time for self reflection. As my Uncle MLK once said: “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”

Eric Garner died in New York when a police officer put Garner in a chokehold during an arrest. The grand jury voted not to file criminal charges against the police officer. Again people are protesting.

So what will the emotion stirrers come up with next? Will "hands up; don't shoot" become "hands up; don't choke?" I guess asking for "pants up; don't loot" won't go over so well with some of the protesters.

In Eric's case, as in the Michael Brown case and the Trayvon Martin case, now more people are dead, adding to the numbers of youth dead by racism, same ethnicity murders. This overall lack of respect for all human life is damning.

Recently Pope Frances said: "Human life, a gift of God the Creator, possesses a sacred character. As such, any violence which seeks religious justification warrants the strongest condemnation because the omnipotent is the God of life and peace.

The hashtag #BlackLivesMatter has been cleverly used by many in this debate. Even Planned Parenthood jumped in with their tweets that they supported Ferguson and used the hashtag.

Yes, black lives matter, even the ones in the wombs of their mothers. With over 1,000 black babies being aborted every single day, where are the protests over their lives?

Let's help by dropping to our knees and repenting for our own wrongdoings and ask for forgiveness. Then we the one blood human race will shine the light that can stop the killing, stop the looting, stop the racism.

Please check out this message from Minister Jonathan Gentry.

Then revisit the lyrics of "We Don't Need Another Hero" with Tina Turner: "We are the children; The last generation; We are the ones they left behind."

I agree, we don't need another hero. We have Jesus. Now let's get busy about the business of reaching the hopeless, jobless, and dreamless; addressing their fears, meeting their needs, drying their tears. Herein lie our solutions.

Praying for peace and love.

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 —
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Eric Garner died in New York when a police officer put Garner in a chokehold during an arrest. The grand jury voted not to file criminal charges against the police officer. Again people are protesting.
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