As a writer, it’s my duty to write content that accurately reflect the times we live in. If we ever needed a reminder of these times then this is the day.
Alton Sterling, 37, was gunned down by police after they responded to a call that he was threatening people with a gun outside of a convenience store in Baton Rogue, Louisiana. Sterling was best known for selling CDs outside of that very store (with the owner’s permission). NBA player and Baton Rogue native Glen Davis was quoted in the New York Daily News as saying that Sterling was a great guy who wouldn’t hurt a fly.
I can’t say with certainty that Sterling was unarmed, but the fact of the matter is that he died in a situation that could’ve likely been deescalated in some manner.
The routine sounds all too familiar. A black man is killed by the cops. Riots erupt in the city. An investigation is launched. The officers are placed on paid administrative leave. They are later indicted. Then they are acquitted on all charges. The cycle continues.
I tend to not write about matters such as this because I really don’t think I have much to add to the public discourse. My opinion is quite simple—I think many of these incidents could be resolved if people just got over their internal prejudices and view each other as God’s creations. This solution doesn’t involve chants of “Black Lives Matter.”
Despite all the crooked cops out there I can’t force myself to generalize all cops as bad guys. Just like all black males aren’t thugs.
As a Christian, I do feel a responsibility to provide something of a positive perspective on an otherwise grim predicament.
Actually, I’m not even going to use my own words. The following quote is what one of my best friends posted on their Facebook page earlier today in response to the shooting. It perfectly encapsulates my thoughts on this matter and how we as Christians should always respond:
“The call to stay woke means nothing if PRAYER doesn’t accompany it.
Jesus told the disciples to stay awake and PRAY with HIM so that they wouldn’t succumb to the temptation of the flesh. Mat 26:36-46
It’s refreshing that we are conscious of the injustice in our communities, and many are standing against it. However, we must PRAY WITHOUT CEASING for change, for those who support us, for those who oppose us, for the afflicted, for the suppressors, and for ourselves.
Seek Him in these times, and allow His spirit to guide our hearts and minds.”
Rest in peace to Alton Sterling and godspeed to his family during this difficult time.