We are responsible for keeping the calm after DOJ decision
I remember last Fourth of July, I sat on the river bank behind the Port Allen levee and snapped some photos of these kids playing on the rocks as the sun went down.
Several hours later, two Baton Rouge Police officers would get into a fatal tussle with Alton Sterling. I remember when I saw the notification on my phone that night about the officer-involved shooting.
As I write this, the official decision is imminent and rumors are buzzing.
Was the shooting justified?
The answer to that last sentence is resounding for so many people.
Leaders in Baton Rouge have urged for peace and calm amid the decision. Many others are skeptical or cynical that violent protests will not erupt.
I am also skeptical.
The timing could not be worse.
Our national politics has torn us apart. Street clashes between political extremists are becoming regular occurrences across the country. While the shooting in Baton Rouge last July was not political, so many people have convoluted the protests with race, class and politics
I find it increasingly difficult to keep my cool and remain objective about all of this.
Everyone seems to be losing their minds all at once.
This whole country has that “powder keg” feel, which is not comforting.
Despite this, we can prevent things from getting out of control.
We must be civil even when others are not.
We must force ourselves to see the good in people.
We must not let our emotions get the best of us.
This goes for everyone online too. Some of the nastiest and most divisive arguments I have seen regarding these contentious topics have been on Facebook and Twitter. (Word to the wise: You are wasting your time if you are getting into these discussions in the first place.)
I’m not a Christian and I don’t pretend to be. But I do value the message of Jesus, which, to me, has always been one of love and humility.
The color of our skin, our gender, sexual orientation, politics or faith are not prerequisites to be decent to each other.