No Hate


I had to drag myself into Gershwin Park Saturday, Alarmers. I was practically running on fumes going into Umoja Events’ Annual Juneteenth Family Day. In my personal life, I’d been dealing with malaise severe enough to render me uncommunicative with my own wife. I was operating on three hours’ sleep and had just come straight from work. To top it off, the only thing in my immediate future was more work; because I live out of the city, it made much more sense to go back and try to sleep there, so I wouldn’t even see my family until the next day. coque huawei The recent shooting in South Carolina had me depressed as well. coque iphone 11 That someone could equate people who welcomed him into their midst while at prayer with “rapists” who were “taking over [his] country” and basically execute them was beyond my ability to fathom. I was confused and angry; certainly not in the right frame of mind to stand in front of a crowd of East New Yorkers on a day of positivity. coque huawei pro Mr. L, being my closest friend, has a knack for bringing out the best in me even when I don’t want it to. Seeing me in my feelings, he took the lead in hosting the showcase and his energy was infectious. coque huawei p9 By the end of the day, I was feeling more like myself and full of the spirit of the day. I saw, not for the first time, what black people can accomplish when we come together in love. coque autres iphone This is something that the Dylann Roofs of the world cannot understand. This is what they fear, and what they cannot destroy. People who live in hate can’t understand the kind of love I saw yesterday. It was beautiful, and at the end of the day I encouraged the people who braved the rain to keep that love in their hearts. It’s the same kind of love that allowed the families of Roof’s victims to forgive him. It’s the same kind of love that will save us all.