This wasn’t going to be the Flashback Friday song for today. It also wasn’t going to be posting so late today either. I had plans to use “In The Club” by 50 Cent. The reason I was going to use it was because this Sunday is my birthday. It isn’t just any birthday either. It’s my 50th birthday. I am going to a baseball game tonight with my daughters (it was their Father’s Day gift, that I’m sure is going to turn into a birthday gift). Tomorrow, my friends and I are heading “downy ocean hon” (in Maryland-ese, that means to Ocean City, Maryland) and going to a club and spending the night there. The club part of the trip is why 50 Cent was going to be the choice.
But after this week, with two African-American men shot and killed by police officers, and then several policemen killed in Dallas, I thought that “Joy And Pain” by Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly was a better choice.
When I think about the past week, I marvel at the fact that I’m still here to be able to see a fiftieth birthday. Alton Sterling and Philando Castile are Black men that won’t get to see a 50th birthday. And retaliation with violence against police is not the answer. We need to realize that hate is gaining in this country. It’s all too easy to use violence to solve our issues. And violence from police against blacks is disturbing, to say the least. These officers who use bad judgment are bringing down the whole lot of officers, many of whom do a good job and “protect and serve” as they should. It’s just that, of the ones that aren’t doing the job right—if your job is to protect and serve, who protects and serves for us?
We all have to be better. It’s time for the good people of this country to take our country back. From those that would divide us based on race. From those who would divide us based on what we claim to be. From those who would rather watch us kill each other than to come up with solutions to the really tough problems. From former Congressmen declaring war on the President of the United States and the Black Lives Matter movement. Let’s get real here: if All Lives Mattered, would we need a Black Lives Matter movement? I’m betting the answer is no. Because if all lives mattered, life wouldn’t be snuffed out by guns and violence at such an alarming rate. If all lives mattered, traffic stops wouldn’t become murder scenes. If all lives mattered, a man being held down on the ground by two police officers wouldn’t end up dead. If all lives mattered, those Dallas policemen would have made it home to their families and loved ones. Remember, an eye for an eye leaves everyone blind.
The song isn’t the real point of this post, and I’m sure I’m rambling on about issues that have no concrete solutions. The song is what I’m feeling today: joy at my upcoming birthday, and pain for the past three days of killings. This cannot continue; a house divided against itself cannot stand.
Enjoy the Flashback Friday song of the day, and as always, thanks for reading and listening.