I’ll keep this short.
The #hashtag did not work. Neither did our protests, rallies, vigils etc., etch. Philando Castillo and Alton Sterling are this week’s poster children illustrating the darker side of law enforcement. Aaaaaand now we are faced with the ultimate question; how do we incite a true systematic change? We keep fighting (but you know…in a non-violent manner).
This week’s parsha “Korach”is about “the bad” (Korach & Co.) challenging “the good” (Moses and his bro…and essentially G-d). We in the USA find ourselves with “the good” (people who are outraged at the race-based-deadly-brutality-bull-shit of police departments everywhere) v. “the bad” (the system). Korach was not “bad” because he challenged, which I read in the parsha essay but it was how he challenged ala hatred/disdain/condescension.
Yesterday 5 Dallas police officers were killed at a rally (and countless others injured). Again, my heart hurt. NO, NO, NO, NO, NO!!! THIS is not the answer. Yes we need to challenge authority and YESSSSS we are p**sed off….but we need to stick to where our strongest arguments and proactive-ness is centered: our morale (or whatever you want to call it) and let our anger & p**sed-offness fuel it. That pit of our effervescent soul that we (sometimes) listen to and what keeps us from being wild animals. Sooooo no more killing/violence/hatred/ignorance …ok? The time is up for that. Ok good. Candle lighting time!