Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Brandon McClelland...R.I.P.

Jasper-style lynching in Paris, Texas
On the 10th anniversary of the lynching of James Byrd Jr. in Jasper, Texas, Brandon McClelland, a 24-year-old Black man in nearby Paris, Texas, was dragged to his death on Sept. 16 by two White men. On Oct. 5, parts of Brandon’s skull were still on the ground and local officials were still denying this lynching was a hate crime.

This is an article that I found in the San Francisco Bay View. We must end the hate and ignorance, people. Let love rule your lives. This is so sad, not because it happened to a Black man, but because it happened to ANY man. Hate is not the way. There should be no separation or biases, because really, the only race is the human race. We have much work to do to extinguish the hatred fire that burns deep in this country. Things can change...maybe not today or tomorrow or next week, but I know that things can change. Look how far we've come as a country already. Don't be weary in well doing. Don't let Dr. King's dream die. Believe that things can change, work towards that change and BE that change. Let it begin with you.

"Vexation of spirit is a waste of time. Negative thinking, don't you waste your thoughts. Verbal conflict is a waste of words. Physical conflict is a waste of flesh. People will always be who they want, and that's what really makes to world go round. Unconditional love is scarce."
-Damian Marley, from the song "There for You"