LOCAL VOICES: Lift our eyes to God our truest hope
God Almighty is our truest hope that we will know peace and harmony, at last By ERIC DUNN [caption id="attachment_7334" align="alignleft" width="100"] Eric Dunn[/caption] The past few days have included a variety of terror and tragedy. None of
God Almighty is our truest hope that we will know peace and harmony, at last
By ERIC DUNN
The past few days have included a variety of terror and tragedy. None of which is new on American soil. It is my optimistic, hopeful and prayerful desire that we conclude that violence in genocidal or homicidal forms at the very least come to a cease-fire. Almighty God is our truest hope in this regard.
Even the tension between the U.S. and Russia was classified as a cold war. Don’t be surprised, then, by talks of a race war. As Black folk in this country know, we witnessed and experienced the longest, cruelest, and horrific war known to humanity.
Yet our song is that we rise and recover. Not by man’s hand alone will we rise and recover now, but to point our eyes to God and say you O Lord have been our truest hope and also man’s hope that we will know peace and harmony at last.
My purpose for sharing is simple: To come to a conclusion that if we are divided and call unjust acts justice we will fail and fall. A man can only truly be humble when he acknowledges the error of his ways. He is not better or proud but it is in his honest assessment of what he may have done to one or others that a pathway for reconciliation and greatness can be realized.
Monday will be exactly one week that we will be removed from this year’s independence day. I implore you to not badger all peace officers at the expense of tolerated, protected, and evil ones. Don’t even make excuses for the latter anymore. And likewise, don’t justify the deaths of the most recent two Black men in Louisiana and Minnesota waving a celebratory flag for all officers. Our nation is in mourning in need of healing. Both races, Black and White, need to heal and be reconciled to God, first, then to one another.
If we don’t, underline these words: judgement will come to our steps and our feet and we will have missed an opportunity to shine in our greatest moment.
Eric Dunn teaches Spanish and history at Frederick K.C. Price, III Schools in South Los Angeles.