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Wednesday Word

September 21, 2016

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I’m tired, guys. I really am just at a loss trying to comprehend why this keeps happening to my people. Terence Crutcher, an unarmed Black man, was yet another to be memorialized posthumously as a hashtag, when he was killed by a police officer last Friday. I spent a good portion of the morning yesterday shedding tears over the senseless loss of another Black life, grieving the lack of value on our lives and a man who could have been my brother, cousin or uncle. Apparently in 2016 in the United States of America, the purported “land of the free, home of the brave,” following a police officer’s command to lie on the ground with your hands up, or even just standing with your hands up in plain view, is enough to get you killed if you’re a Black person. When will it end? I don’t know if you’re like me, but when times get rough, I find solace in songs. I turn the volume way up so that the lyrics, the beat, the melody drown out the recurring thoughts of despair. This Wednesday Word No. 84, spotted on Twitter, is a line from Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright,” which directly references police brutality that has become a custom in modern times. I keep telling myself, “If God got us then we gon’ be alright,” trying to remember that my God is sovereign and in absolute control. I refuse to believe that our struggles are in vain. In the words of one of the greatest to ever do it, Tupac Shakur: “We ain’t meant to survive cause it’s a setup/ And even though you’re fed up/ Huh, ya got to keep your head up.” We win in the end.

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Wednesday Word

July 13, 2016

As I write this Wednesday Word No. 75, I have to be honest about how I’m feeling, in light of recent events. Selfishly, I tried to stop myself from dwelling on the back-to-back tragedy so that I could remain somewhat positive on my birthday. But now that the celebrations have died down, I’m able to being processing. Defeated. Exhausted. Infuriated. Afraid. Depressed. That’s how I (and so many out there) have been feeling as of late. Alton Sterling. Philando Castile. The five Dallas police officers (Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael Smith, Brent Thompson and Patrick Zamarripa). Husbands, boyfriends, fathers, brothers, sons, uncles, friends, co-workers, mentors, etc., gone way too soon and for no apparent reason. It’s like a nightmare that just won’t end. And I just remembered that one year ago today Sandra Bland was taken to police custody after an ill-intentioned traffic stop and didn’t make it out alive. So much heartache and strife. When will it end? How do we make it better?

This Wednesday Word, courtesy of Picmia, gives me hope and helps calm my weary heart. “The Lord will fight for you; you only need to be still.” (Exodus 14:14) Another translation, the New King James version, says, “The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” God is fighting this battle, along with all the other effed-up things with this world. How amazing is that? As challenging as it is to wait on Him peacefully, I know that He’s working it all out. Prayer is essential — more so than it has ever been. So cast all your cares on Him, for He cares for you. I’ll leave you with this final tidbit: “Anxiety cannot abide in your heart when the peace of God is present.” Be anxious for nothing, loved ones.

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Wednesday Word

December 2, 2015

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The current state of affairs in this country — particularly the Black Lives Matter movement, all that it was spawned from and all that it encompasses — is enough to make you break down and cry, feel discouraged, march or even (peacefully) protest. My good friend, Zita, who’s in a Ph.D. program at Brandeis University, joined fellow students to make their concerns known to the college’s administration. They weren’t asking for anything outlandlish, either — just things that should already be in place: increased diversity among faculty, appointing a Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, increased admission of Black students and such. Thankfully, the school’s interim president has announced an implementation plan to bring those concerns to fruition. Victory! But getting there took several days. I stand in solidarity with them and anyone who has had the courage to speak up about the injustices inflicted upon our community. This Wednesday Word No. 43, courtesy of Poets & Writers, is a quote from author Zora Neale Hurston and is so on point. It’s a testament to what those #ConcernedStudents2015 know, and what’s engrained deeply in anyone who has dared to demand better. If you don’t stand up for what you believe in, things will never change.

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