October 16, 2019

“…until justice rolls down like waters …”


My heart, like many of yours, is heavy this week.  While many neighborhoods celebrated a “Night Out Against Crime” on yesterday evening, this past weekend we once again witnessed a crime perpetrated by one of the very people sworn to protect us from such criminal activity. The 28 year-old victim was Atatiana Jefferson, a 2014 pre-med graduate of my beloved Xavier University.  She was playing video games with her 8 year-old nephew in her home when she was shot.  She had not committed a crime.  She did not deserve to die.  She recently had begun studying for the MCAT. 


I am also troubled by low black voter turnout this past Saturday in a gubernatorial election. Two out of three African Americans registered to vote, did not.  These two troubling stories reminded me of Dr. King's immortal words on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial one August day in 1963, "We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream."  In that same speech Dr. King also said quite prophetically, “We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality.”


No we can never be satisfied until we fully participate in the political process.  Put more simply, we must vote.  As to the other matter, sufficient answers escape me at this time.  My mind is numb and my heart is too heavy.

Continue to do good work.

"This artist wanted to capture Atatiana's last few moments... "


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