Habakkuk 1 2 O Lord, how long shall I cry, And You will not hear? Even cry out to You, “Violence!” And You will not save. 3 Why do You show me iniquity, And cause me to see trouble? For plundering and violence are before me; There is strife, and contention arises. 4 Therefore the law is powerless, And justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; Therefore perverse judgment proceeds. The injustices blacks have endured at the hands of America’s Government policymakers have often left me heartbroken, puzzled, and concerned. Since the conception of this country my people have desired and demanded for equal treatment in society, education, access to basic needs and the legal system. For more than 150 years, we as blacks have consistently cried out and protested against the mistreatment lashed out by the hands that rocks the cradle through policy and procedures within a nation that boast freedom and justice for all. Regardless of how loud we cry, our sorrows seem to go unanswered. Unfortunately, the strategies used to amplify our cries during the civil rights era, no longer appear to be effective. Like Habakkuk, I cry, I mourn, and I think about all the blatant inequities that we as a black folk have succumbed to experience on a daily basis. I felt the struggle within me as I fought to hold back tears after learning of yet another black life aimlessly ended at the hands of those who took a sworn oath to protect and serve all citizens of this country. I like others am enraged, when I view the viral images of black men gunned down in the public. These images have sparked a fury within me, that I have had to suppress in order to avoid participating in the pandemonium that has been generated by media. Passages like Habakkuk 1, reminds me of the hardships and hopelessness that God’s (YHWH) People have often endured since our Exodus from Egypt until our passage to America. Sadly as a black (wo)man in America, the application of the law seems to bend in a manner that allows some law enforcement officers to racially profile and unjustly indict citizens within our communities. A tear shed for each of my kindred who have been wrongfully imprisoned, judged or sentenced to death by a law enforcement officer who decided to make the streets his courtroom. While I am sure several of us desire to retaliate, in Deuteronomy 32:35 God (YHWH) encourages, “Vengeance is Mine, and recompense; their foot shall slip in due time.” So lets unite and mourn today, while leaving the battle for the Lord and seek solutions that will allow us to save, support and strengthen each other for tomorrow.
Min. J Hagwood
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