By Jerry Monroe Maynard who shares his passionate reflection for a call to honesty after the police shootings in Baton Rouge and Minnesota and the attack of police officers in Dallas, TX. Jerry is a Campaign Nonviolence Action Organizer in Houston, Texas
We are living in a time where a lot of opinions, feelings, thoughts, and sensations are bouncing around. Some are calling for peace while others are calling for justice. Yet, some are crying out “all lives matter” versus “black lives matter”. We hear regularly the chant of “blue lives matter” but do we really need all of these battle cries? No. All we need is honesty.
I call you today, to be honest. If you are a living, breathing, human being, then you are going to have lots of feelings, thoughts, and opinions. I call you today, to check all of those and only act upon them if you are genuine and honest in that regard. It is time that people start investing in sincerity of word and deed. If you are going to speak up and testifying to your outrage, then you need to be certain that your outrage is genuine, otherwise, keep your mouth shut. Too much noise is around us right now and most of that noise is being created just for the sake of having noise. Begin to pause and think before you speak.
If you are of a certain persuasion of person who believes that life is sacred and yet you prefer a particular portion of life, over others….you are not being honest. If you are calling for people to respect law enforcement, but you do not respect the reality of oppression that people are experiencing today, due to systemic bias….you are not being honest. If you cry “all lives matter” every time a tragedy happens, but you still consume animal products/byproducts….you are not being honest. If you advocate for supporting gun owners, and making sure that gun owners have their rights protected, but you do not denounce the murder of Philando Castile–a black man who was a CHL owner that a law enforcement officer murdered….you are not being honest.
It is time to be honest about our beliefs and who we are as individuals. If you hold things to be sacred and deny the true sacredness of life, you are failing at being a human being. This is the line in the sand. Enough death. Enough violence. Enough half-hearted rhetoric that seeks to demonize the poor and oppressed. It is time to either be honest and open about where you stand, or sit down and shut up.
This is your call. I pray that you answer it.
Peace and Blessings sent to all who are suffering today.