This week’s High Notes is here! Enjoy!!
Hansen is a well-known local sportscaster here in Dallas. His take on the recent tragedy in our city is a must-see.
The worst day of his career was Dallas Chief David Brown’s finest hour by Jacquielynn Floyd, Dallas Morning News
“His vision is not of warrior-cops girded for urban warfare but of ‘protectors’ and ‘guardians’ keeping us safe from chaos. ‘We’re not going to let a coward change our democracy,’ Brown said. ‘Our city, our country [are] better than that.'”
Before You Quote Martin Luther, King, Jr. by Tyler Huckabee (an older post but worth a re-read this week)
“Praying for peace is good, but Dr. King was not interested in a peace that came at the cost of justice. The current unrest around the country does not stem from a void. It’s the natural reaction to decades (centuries) of unchecked aggression and deaf ears. It’s easy to complain about anger and unrest, but hard to remember that conditions among the black community have been dire for a long time.”
70+ Race Resources for White People by Leslie at Scraping Raisins
“It’s not the job of the African American community to teach white people about racism, so we must intentionally and humbly lean in, listen and learn how white culture is killing black lives. Specifically, they want us to grasp our role in the visible and invisible structures that are threatening to crush them.”
The Prayer of Lament: What to Do When We Don’t Know What to Do by Ruth Haley Barton
“Let us stop, at least for a moment, and lament together. Let us stand in solidarity with our black brothers and sisters who continue to experience such tragic loss; let us mourn with them the loss of another black male and affirm that black lives matter. Let us grieve for the law enforcement officers who lost their lives while trying to keep the peace. Let us acknowledge complexity, that we don’t have answers, and cry out to God together for the peace and justice that seems to elude us.”
In which I finally show you my sweet little courtyard. . .
Because I don’t have solutions, but this is where I stand nonetheless. . .
What I’m Loving Lately
1. The city of Dallas
Since Thursday night’s deadly shooting at the otherwise peaceful #BlackLivesMatter protest downtown, there’s been an outpouring of wisdom, compassion and solidarity. The Dallas police department, as well as the mayor of Dallas have offered encouraging words to the people of this community. We are a diverse city whose leaders desire peaceful solutions and reconciliation.
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3. People who “get it”
I’ve tried to stay off social media as much as possible this week. That’s why when I wrote Friday’s post (on Thursday night), I had no idea what was going on in downtown Dallas, just a few miles from my home.
When I do get on social media, I’m always encouraged to see posts from people who are serious about reconciliation and finding solutions to the obvious race problem in America. Social media is a good way to know we aren’t alone in our quest for peace and justice for all.
Unfortunately, there are many with whom I’m acquainted who don’t “get it.”
Some of them just aren’t smart people. Others are so indoctrinated by propaganda and what passes for “news” these days, that it’s as though they are deaf to any opinion or idea that differs from their own. These are the people who promote an “us vs. them” mentality, and quite honestly — I’m tired of it.
If you haven’t yet discovered the “unfollow” feature on Facebook, I highly recommend you learn to use it immediately. There is no room in my life or on my Facebook feed for hateful rhetoric, or hard-hearted refusal to acknowledge the painful truth in our broken society. I’ve found I’m happier if I just don’t know what these people are saying.
I have no problem with people who disagree with my point of view or who can have civil discussions and debates. But I’ve got zero tolerance for mean-spirited, name-calling ugliness. Especially when it’s done in the name of Christ.
So for those of you who are on the side of peace and justice and reconciliation, thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. You give me hope for the future.
This Week’s Lyrics for Life:
What’s Going On? by Marvin Gaye
There’s too many of you crying
Brother, brother, brother
There’s far too many of you dying
You know we’ve got to find a way
To bring some lovin’ here today.
We don’t need to escalate
You see, war is not the answer
For only love can conquer hate
You know we’ve got to find a way
To bring some lovin’ here today, oh
Picket lines and picket signs
Don’t punish me with brutality
Talk to me, so you can see
Oh, what’s going on
What’s going on?