Many have learned about George Floyd’s tragic death by extreme police force in Minneapolis. The feelings of anger, sadness, and injustice are real — but how should we publicly respond? The world is watching Minnesota right now.
We need to answer by saying and demonstrating peacefully that we will seek changes that address the inequities and discrimination that led to this incident and the many that have come before. Anytime there is a life lost, especially at the hands of another human being unjustly, it’s tragic.
But when protests turn into looting or rioting it detracts from the outcry over the incident. Instead we should seek justice, seek fairness, and show each other kindness. I believe Martin Luther King Jr. if he were here would encourage us to not let violence be our response but to come together with a resolve to treat all men equally with respect and dignity.
Pray for all who are involved in what happened. Pray for the victim’s family, for the bystanders who watched this horrifying action take place. Pray for the police officers involved, and for those who have to investigate all that happened and will have to decide the fate of those who took the life of this man. Pray for justice and for people to find forgiveness. Pray for our love to overcome all hate.
“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.” — Jesus (Luke 6: 27-28)
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” ― Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from the Birmingham Jail.