Apartheid in Baltimore, and an empty stadium.Praying for peace, living another reality.
The problem I have with originalists like Scalia is that they really don't believe in the truth of the Constitution -- everyone equal under the law. They want to go back to the time when slavery was acceptable, when indentured servants had no voice, when women were property.
Barbara Jordan, the Congresswoman from Texas, black, lesbian, heroine, musician, attorney, whom we lost far too soon, said it best:
Earlier today, we heard the beginning of the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States, “We, the people.” It is a very eloquent beginning. But when the document was completed on the seventeenth of September 1787 I was not included in that “We, the people.” I felt somehow for many years that George Washington and Alexander Hamilton just left me out by mistake. But through the process of amendment, interpretation and court decision I have finally been included in “We, the people.”
As a Quaker, I do not have a creed -- but as an American I have beliefs, and the biggest one is this: we are *all* created equal. Bigots try to make that into a lie for their own profit, and out of fear, but the truth will out. What is happening in Baltimore is this conflict under a microscope. Black lives matter. Women's lives matter. Men's lives matter. We all are part of this, and the part that has gone rogue right now is the one that should be serving and protecting, not murdering innocent people with impunity.
We are all in this, whether we are in Baltimore or not, whether we are in the next town or a continent away.
The police have put out a statement that three of the gangs in Baltimore have made an alliance in order to kill cops. I say that this could be a lie, or an overstatement, and a reason to beat up on more people -- it is not illegal for police to lie, unfortunately. If the gang members did reach an alliance, the only way that the cops would know the truth of it is if one of them was in the room -- because informers can lie also. And whether that statement is truth or lie, it can be used as justification for more deaths. It can be used as justification for cops carrying more weapons that the National Guard did in Iraq, and for less reason. It can be used to justify more deaths that did not have to happen, deaths of children and women and men who made the deadly mistake of looking like something that made a cop afraid, or made a cop claim to be afraid.
Fear is the mind-killer, said the Bene-Geseret.
Be not afraid, said the angels.
I wish you the absence of fear, the clarity of sight to move through this country and help it to heal, and the peace of being in the right place at the right time.