Normally, you’d see the latest Friday 5 post in this spot today. I’ve had it ready to go since Wednesday, but this morning it seemed obscene to post a cheery recipe share, in the wake of three recent murders-by-cop (Dylan Noble, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile) and the apparent retaliation by what is now described by Dallas police as a lone sniper picking off white officers.
This afternoon I posted the following on YayYay’s Kitchen’s Facebook page. I’m re-publishing it here and asking for your feedback. Together, perhaps we can begin, in some small way, to solve these seemingly intractable problems.
It’s just plain difficult to think about food and life as usual when day after day we see more shootings and more violence. Earlier this week, police in two different states murdered two Black men in cold blood, neither of whom in any way posed a threat.
Last night, at a #BlackLivesMatter rally in Dallas, a sniper, perhaps more than one, killed five peace officers and injured several more, as well as two civilians. The Dallas police chief, himself a Black man, this morning reported that one of the suspects, before being blown to bits by a police robot’s bomb, said he was angry with the Black Lives Matter movement and wanted to kill white people.
All of these incidents, as well as a rash of bombings and shootings around the globe, including #Orlando last month, point to an increasingly hostile world, a world where someone as hateful as a Donald Trump can run for president on a major party ticket, all the while inciting his followers to do violence against people he perceives as threats, or perhaps just doesn’t like.
I encourage you to comment here. What solutions can we, ordinary people, in our homes and communities, come up with to ease the world away from violence and toward peaceful solutions to our conflicts?
How do we stop the systematized lynching of people of color?
How do we invoke the wisdom of Gandhi, Martin Luther King and others who called for non-violent responses to all provocations?
How do we, you and I, bring peace to an increasingly violent world?
I pray you will think about this for as long as it takes and share your thoughts here, share this with your friends on social media and ask them to come back here and share their thoughts as well.
I ask only one thing of any and all respondents: That you seek peace in your heart before sharing your thoughts, that making and building peace be your intent, and that it show in your choice of words.