I was walking through a parking lot today, and I saw a sign that read, “If reason is on your side, show forgiveness. If justice is on your side, show humility.”
At first, it rattled me considering the state of anger wherein I’ve traveled increasingly since the Trayvon Martin trial, and where I’ve resided since this past week’s Jordan Davis trial. Why must they, (justice and reason), be mutually exclusive? Why does the gift of justice come so sparingly to my people? Why must we always be the strongest and forgive? I had to pray about that thing.
I was reminded of the power of and that comes through forgiveness. It’s not letting anyone off the hook. It’s stopping yourself from being hung by your own rope. It’s letting go so you can progress in healing. It’s the gateway to productivity, and now is certainly time to be productive.
So, I am choosing to forgive for my sake and ours collectively.
I forgive those who lay in idle complacency and serve as spectators to our genocide.
I forgive those who offer no alternative and do nothing to aid in our collective struggle other than serve their own individual pool, but who feel authorized to criticize, denounce, and ridicule strategies that are devised for the very people they’ve chosen to neglect or pity.
I forgive ignorance.
I forgive those who are so entangled in their own emotions and feelings that they cannot understand our plight enough to even fathom the thought of a group seemingly excluding them to heal within themselves.
I forgive those who throw baseless accusations and antiquated insults because they are afraid and personally offended that we are personally offended by our plight in this country.
I forgive all who are in the position to do so, but fail to empathize.
I forgive all who are in a position to do so, but fail to help.
I forgive those who look like they are African, but offer no other indication of such.
I forgive our would be leaders who have chosen their comfort, status, and fortune over using their platforms to propel the progress of the disenfranchised.
I forgive those in our community who have fallen victim to self-loathing, and in turn hate and seek to destroy us all.
I forgive those who have had the audacity to take a life that they didn’t birth, love, understand, or embrace with little to no remorse.
I forgive the history of America, though it’s never acknowledged its fault or current effects or asked for or felt the need for our forgiveness.
I forgive myself for not being more forgiving sooner and for putting my faith in anyone other than God and the Spirit of God within us.
I forgive, because I must; because I need to heal; because we need to progress; because you’re worthy even if you don’t believe it; because we’re worthy even when we don’t see it; because that’s what I’ve been instructed to do; because reason is a gift too.
Because we have work to do, I forgive you.
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