5.27.2020 – our goal is to change

our goal is to change
not sure person having life
torn apart serves that

Black and white is so very black and white.

Here in Atlanta, there was a thought that Ponce de Leon Ave, the street that divided Atlanta into north and south sides, ought to be painted with double lines.

A white line and a black line to show that that was where the two Atlanta’s met.

It was a real line even without the paint.

My office is in a building on on a street named Monroe Drive.

It crosses Ponce de Leon and the street changes its name to Boulevard.

That was because back in the day, white people didn’t live on the same street as black people.

Six blocks down Boulevard from Ponce, then one block east, is the house were Martin Luther King, Jr. was born.

Recently in New York City’s Central Park, a woman who felt threatened by a man, called the police.

The woman was white.

The man was black.

The man commented, “She went racial. There are certain dark societal impulses that she, as a white woman facing in a conflict with a black man, that she thought she could marshal to her advantage.”

The incident sparked accusations of racism and led to the woman getting fired.

Once the racist card comes out, it is all black and white.

You are or you aren’t.

And if you are and its all over social media, it’s all over for you.

Much of this woman’s life is over as she knew it.

DESERVEDLY SO.

It is over in other ways.

Sadly in so many cases, any learning is also over.

Any possible teaching is over.

It was the man in this case who felt this sadness.

In an interview with The New York Times, it was the black man who showed empathy for the woman.

“It’s a little bit of a frenzy, and I am uncomfortable with that,” he said.

“If our goal is to change the underlying factors, I am not sure that this young woman having her life completely torn apart serves that goal.”

If our goal is to change the underlying factors.

If.

IF?

For me it is not a case of WWJD (What Would Jesus Do).

It is a case of WDJD (What DID Jesus Do).

So sad that the word, “if” is even in there.

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