There were prominent deaths that occured this week. In particular, Michael Brown and Robin Williams. Michael Brown was an 18 year old boy who was gunned down by a police officer in Missouri and Robin Williams was an awesome actor and comedic genius who suffered from depression and killed himself.
I’ve seen some who were upset or bothered by the memorials to Robin Williams. But we know that Michael and Robin were both loved by those who knew them. Both were human beings who had an affect on their family, friends, and all those who loved them.
When I look at both of these deaths, I didn’t see one above the other. What I saw was an outcry to our nation. Out of these two deaths I see issues that speak volumes to what is occuring in our society today.
One is a lack of value placed on the lives of our young black men by some police officers. I say “some” because we know that this is not a practice by all police officers. I read that 1 black man is killed every 28 hours by a police officer or vigilante. Our young black men are being gunned down in the street without thought of human life.
The other issue speaks to depression and mental illness. I know some, and have myself dealt with depression and the thoughts of no longer being here. Depression affects 1 in 10 americans and over 80% of them have symptoms of clinical depression but are not receiving any treatment.
Both of these issues are subjects that need to be addressed and shouted from the rooftop. They should be protested and rallied around because both cause death and tragedy in the lives of those who are left behind. I raised 3 sons and I always taught them to respect the police no matter what because I know there are some who would look at my sons and only see skin color. My only goal was that they would come home to me and make it to see another day.
These issues take lives and cause heartbreak. Pray and speak up for the world. Pray and speak up for those in Missouri and other states these heinous acts are occuring. Pray and speak up for those who are hurting and depressed. Pray for the good and upstanding police officers and others who are out there doing the right thing. Pray for those who perpetrate violence on innocent people.
It’s up to us to be a voice for those who can’t speak for themselves. Yes we are our brothers keeper.
Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
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