Black Lives Matter.
Mothers losing their sons to police brutality. Sisters losing their brothers to White Supremacy members. Children losing their fathers to war. How can we continue to let family members lose their loved ones? But there is more…
Our society so often forgets the abundance of gifts that are lost when a Black life is taken. Children who are left behind without a father may never find their potential, which means that we as a society lose a potential scientist, theologian, inventor, doctor, and the list goes on. COVID-19 might have a vaccine if a child in the inner city had been able to go to Cornell.
Remember Hurricane Katrina? Remember how the poor neighborhoods were completely obliterated with flood waters? Remember how most of the poor were in Black neighborhoods?
Think of all the musicians that could not grow to find their beat, could not learn to play an instrument when Hurricane Katrina tore through New Orleans. We might have more virtuosos playing for us.
The poor, who are mostly made up of brown and black people worldwide, are suffering not only from police brutality and poverty, but also climate brutality. When tornados, hurricanes, droughts, and floods hit areas where poor people live, these people die more often and have a much more difficult time recovering.
CNBC (https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/26/climate-change-will-hurt-poor-people-the-most-federal-report.html )reported in November 2018:
Climate change will hit low-income communities the hardest as it takes a toll on the U.S. in general, says a blockbuster government report released on Friday.Low-income communities in both urban and rural areas will be disproportionately impacted by climate change relative to other communities, according to the assessment, which was created by a team of over 300 experts from the government and the private sector to analyze the impact of climate change on the country.Those communities already have higher rates of many adverse health conditions, are more exposed to environmental hazards and take longer to bounce back from natural disasters. These existing inequalities will only be exacerbated due to climate change, according to the report, which is known as the Fourth National Climate Assessment.
What kind of future are we as a society giving to all our children? Are we giving them one in which to flourish and grow… giving them possibilities to help save us from ourselves? Or are we giving them the dismal future of the abyss?
Black Lives Matter. Not only for black people themselves who lives are brutally snuffed out, but also for their families, communities, and friends; as well as for our society as a whole… which is something we choose to forget to our own demise.
We, as a society, NEED everyone living to their potential. We have climate problems galore that can only be solved working with one another using all the brain power we can muster. When a black person dies… part of society dies as well. We, white folks, need to remember that.
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