Once again I’m wounded by the senseless violence in our county, with each gun massacre my soul becomes bruised. My heart wounded and has yet to recover from the visual image of a man shooting out of the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas into a festival venue, place where my family walked through, place where my husband and I danced cheek to cheek and my daughter celebrated her 30th birthday a few months ago.
How do we conceptualize an America where you fear going to outside events like the Taste of Chicago, L.A Film Festival, Street Fairs in New York and the list goes on. Las Vegas isn’t the only place that is LOST, our county is LOST and broken. Who needs assault –weapons, automatic weapons, AR-15’ or accessories used to construct high powered weapons. Visualize a young women shot in the eye and bullet fractures still in her head, yes results of Las Vegas bloodbath. Here’s the gun man’s reason-DEMONIC and MENTALLY DISTURB. What needs to happen next?
"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background or his religion. People learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite." Nelson Mandela
After resonating on a conversation that Sarah Lewis, Harvard Professor had on public television, Black America about failure, I began to ponder on the strength and status of Black America and how it relates to the state of our politics and humanitarian concerns.
Sarah spoke about how everyone has experienced failure of some sort but more importantly was how we recovered from such experiences. As she continues to converse my attention was kept as she spoke about the perception of Blacks in our society and how she was once in a coffee shop with a colleague and questioned how maybe one glancing at her may not believe that she was a Harvard Professor.
Stereotyping is one of the most detrimental behaviors in our society, wrecking our workplaces as well as our political system. What can help us move past this? We can begin by first recognizing our own biases. Understanding that we all are unique, and see things through our own lenses, that filter in our experiences. You can learn something from everyone you are in contact with. “Life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself.”