One person can make a difference—many will build a strong and thriving community.
And one person can shatter a community, harming many … and in some cases, destroying the essence of their very breath, leaving their families and friends gasping.
Grorge Floyd was one such person when on May 25, he was restrained by the knee of a Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. And murdered.
A shatterer, Chauvin squashed the life out of George Floyd in under nine minutes. All while his two colleagues assisted him in “restraining” the already cuffed Flood and the fourth preventing anyone with interfering in what was happening. The officers made no attempt to revive Floyd, as Chauvin’s knee remained on his neck even as emergency medical technicians who finally arrived attempted to treat him. All four were terminated from their positions the following day and have been charged with varying degrees of murder. Murder.
A tsunami tidal wave of reaction followed. Massive protests spread globally–days and nights brought out millions … people of all colors and cultures united in their protest of what occurred. Their anger at the police. Their anger of injustice. Their anger of what divisive hate does. Will this be the final tipping point?
I wish that this had been such an isolated incident … but it is not. The ongoing everyday occurrences embrace the invisibility cloak of denial–and walk its path: if it doesn’t involve me directly, it’s not my problem.
Yet it does.
Out of control individuals are all too common. Arrogance and hate are blatantly displayed, and both too common. Hate is learned. No one is born with hate in their system–no one.
This blog will be short. The purpose is to remind you, dear writer and author, of the power of your voice; the power of your words; the power of your opinion; and the power you have in helping others. We writers and authors must stay visible—to reach out to our communities when our voices and words can make the difference. And speak/write up.
Those who have the gift of writing words that warn and bring attention to areas and situations that are harmful, dangerous, even outrageous—use them to reveal injustices, causations, and solutions.
Those who have the gift of writing healing words need to come forth—get them out there.
Those who have the gift of sharing the stories of those lost lives need to come forth—seek them and share with others the beauty of those who died; those who are recovering; and those who helped so many through the shocking late hours of the dark night.
Those who have the gift of sharing with others ways in which to advise many on how they can help hurting family, friends, neighbors and strangers—come forth with your ideas so that we in turn can domino them.
A black cloud has enveloped this country and other countries. It must be eradicated like the deadly cancer it is.
Words and action are the vaccine for the hate virus. Don’t let an invisibility cloak envelop you. Become intolerant of intolerant behaviors, beliefs, and actions.
Speak up. Call the bad out. You can be part of the tipping point for breathing fresh air, removing the darkness, and opening the door to hope.
Dr. Judith Briles is a book publishing expert and author of 37 multi-award books. Judith has earned over 40 national book awards for her titles. She’s guided over 1,000 authors in creating their books, earned in excess of $3,000,000 in speaking fees based on her books and gathered over $2,000,000 in onsite book sales at her speaking gigs. Her book, How to Create a $1,000,000 Speech flips a difficult topic into a simple and easily comprehensible plan. If you want to get into speaking, this is the guide that will be the game-changer to success. And, if you want to know more about Judith’s life, her book of “hope” is When God Says NO-Revealing the YES When Adversity and Loss Are Present. You can get it HERE.
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