“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

I have been struggling with what to say in these dark, dark, days. The image of George Floyd being held down with his face crushed against the asphalt by police officers with their knees on his neck and back choking his body and ignoring his pleas for air, “I can’t breathe” as he called out for his mother and his life left his body are with me forever. I cannot even begin to imagine the pain his family is going through as well as the pain, suffering and injustices that all people of color have endured every single day for years and years and years… I cannot understand WHY? Hate is something that has to be taught. Bigotry has to be taught. We are not born with hatred in our hearts. I believe God brings us here to love one another. God made us all!!! We are all God’s children.

I pray that the violent, destructive and unacceptable actions of some do not overshadow the thousands of good people who are out in the streets protesting the brutal murder of George Floyd. These are people from ALL walks of life, ethnicity, old, young, men, women and children who are coming together in peaceful protest to raise their voices and demand change and justice FOR ALL. We must all raise our voices and “do the right thing”. I believe there are many more good loving, kind, compassionate people in this world than those who live their lives in the dark shadows of hatred and division. I put my faith in them. I put my faith in the youth who will bring about the change that is so long overdue. I put my faith in manKIND!

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” ~ Nelson Mandela