My Milwaukee, My America

My heart hurts for the city of Milwaukee, the United States and the world in general. We have succumb to our lower selves. Violence begats violence. I agree with civil disobedience and civil anarchy; but, whenever our actions are not grounded in love, disaster is soon to follow. I paused to collect my thoughts before writing to marinate, specifically, on the Hamilton case. In the end, no firing of a cop, no indictment, no conviction of a cop, no multi-dollar settlement will ever return this life. It is a permanent loss! Sadly, the lack of transparency and lack of a more expeditious ruling adds to the fire of the pain of the city. No law biding citizen will argue the need and necessity of police officers. We are thankful for those that serve and protect. However, any society that allow the rule protectors to become rule breakers will eventually self destruct. Ironically, this is why 2nd Amendment rights were created. To allow people to form militias and protect against a downward spiraling government attempting to seize too much power over the citizenry. Killing cops sends a message, true. But, it is the wrong message and only proves to intensify the conflict. I certainly do not approve of those who have sworn to serve and protect to create hostile situations and then hide behind a wall of blue protection to save them from the very rules they swore to uphold. Police officers should de-escalate situations as much as possible. When not able, I understand, too, that their actions may, at times, cause for swift and immediate action. I do not want a police officer to second guess, but I want their first thoughts to be sober and just. In the Hamilton case specifically, it appears two police officers had just met with him. And, since he was still breathing at their departure, one can only assume he was doing nothing worthy of back-up or death. It appears another officer came on the scene and appeared a bit over zealous to do his job. I like the fact he wanted to do his job. However, in retrospect if he could go back and do things differently, would he? If his answer is yes, then his answer displays his guilt. If his answer is no, then he should have been relieved of his position because his own Chief stated he did not follow proper police procedures. He created the hostile environment and eventually used deadly force.

Hear me well beloved, if we believe the officer and this precious soul is the real issue, then indeed we are truly lost. We fight the wrong enemy. The real enemy is an institution that teaches us to hate our earthly brothers and sisters. The real enemy is our collective poisoned minds that allow for more hate than love. Whether we like it or not, we are a collective society and these fraudulent demographics that we allow to cause hate and separation will be our collective demise. As I get older, I appreciate the words of MLK more and more. We will all perish as fools if we do not begin to use the weapon of love. We have a sick community and world. We are all sick- myself included. I know why King loved Gandhi, his words are true too. We must become the change we want to see in the world. There is no such things as half way crooks– and there is no such thing as a half way leader or half way good person. Until we calm the enemy within, that inner me will always explode against the world. Chaos knows no color, age, religion, or political affiliation. Chaos ultimate end is destruction. How do we solve the problem? We begin within, first. Then those collective minds must begin to galvanize the surrounding community and help treat all with respect and give more than a “Jim Crow” equality for every citizen. We must understand the founding founders laid out a blue print for us to improve on, not follow by script almost 240 years later. If we follow the true creed of the Declaration of Independence, America could be an Elysium environment where we are rich in compassion, love, health and wealth. We don’t have to pick between these, we can have it all.

In reality, we will huddle back to our corners on distrust and hate, continuing creating problems and blaming others until we are extinguished as a people. My heart hurts because we should know better and do better. Have our hearts become so seared, our minds so corrupted that we can’t see we need each other to survive? There are only two choices: life and death. Out actions as a whole show we choose death. These latest shootings and verbal race wars are only a microcosm of the true problem. Out current tactics have us all running on a hamster wheel in a Groundhog Day like scenario. It’s time to get off the wheel and wake up and begin a new day. If not, the nightmarish scenario we currently live in will not only remain, but get worse. We have to do better. We can do better. In the end, I can only control the ‘me’ in our ‘we’ battle plan. Your actions don’t have to make everyone comfortable, because change is uncomfortable; but, your actions- if righteous- should bring healing and not hurt. They should be a balm and not a poison. It should open arms and eyes to see the real issue and marinate on real time solutions. We should not have to demand justice, if all are entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The question is how do we set this up so all can truly take advantage of the opportunities and possibilities America is suppose to provide for us and our posterity. We have to start early and end late with our love and interventions. Caring and compassion from the womb to the tomb would create the America that was envisioned and truly make it that perfect union. Maybe this is too much to ask from imperfection? Well, it is my quest to reach this perfection or die trying! Written in love, The BLAQUESMITH

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