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      #ThankYou & #GodBless all the MEN of our communities, of all races who woke up with a #Purpose today..

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      Honored to have been invited to a meeting with the #Mayor of #Phoenix to share my perspective and concerns as a Father & Citizen to the recent issues concerning #Police in our city. #ThankYou & #GodBless

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Racially Motivated – Deadly 4th of July Weekend in Chicago: 80 Shot, 16 Killed

HOLD UP!! Over 80 People were SHOT and 16 DIEDDDD this past 4th of July weekend in Chicago?? Were they shot by some “Real N*ggas”? are our communities STILL ‪#‎NOTsnitching‬ ??

I’ve been WAITING 2 whole days for a COOL Profile Pic to go viral that we can all put on our pages to “Show Support”.. I’ve been WAITING 2 whole days to see what new Slogan or ‪#‎Hashtag‬ we would get trending to show that we were “MAD”.. I’ve been WAITING 2 Whole Mutha’Fnkn DAYS to see which Date and What Streets we were going to occupy and “MARCH FOR JUSTICE”..

For 2 Whole Days I’ve had my Hoodie Ironed, Picketing sticks, Blow horn and ready to go “show” America, CNN, Fox and other news outlets how this past weekends tragedies not only effected these 80 families, but also US as a nation.. But then I realized that this time it wasn’t “THEM” that shot ONE of US… It was US that shot MANY of US and we just don’t get rilled up about that type of iSht..

My bad, I’ll just put my “We’re Mad and we’re just not Gonna take it any more as a Black Community” toolkit back in the closet until it’s a White COP, Asian Neighbor, Arab Store Owner who does the Killing of one of our own. I’ll just let this weekend add to the over 210 DEATHS of our own by our own in Chicago Alone since JAN 1st 2014. I’ll let it slide that over 1,000 have been shot and wounded.. But When we get THAT ONE death that all of us can agree on that was “Racially Motivated”; Bet you we gon’ get it popping then and getting our social commentary on, get our cool ‪#‎Hashtags‬ and go back and forth with our white/asian/latino/arabian brothers and friends about how they just don’t understand what it means to be black and to be killed by another race..

THIS Weekend WASSSS Racially Motivated.. Our own brothers did not like one another so much that they took out their guns and shot another black person to death. We all don’t understand what it means to be shot and killed by our own kind. We have a false sense of feeling safe around another black person when we are collectively marching against the “injustice” served to us when we are killed by a white man. But then in the same communities we just marched in it’s okay when someone we’ve grown up with, probably went to school with ends up killing us or our children because of minor differences, misunderstandings and turf wars. Where did our values on LIFE go? What are we teaching our Kids? What are we teaching ourselves?

1 Life take by Gun violence is 10 Lives too many.. That math doesn’t make sense? It shouldn’t because there shouldn’t even be just 1 let alone 16 in one Weekend in 1 City.. I saw on my social networks the effect of just 1 Death of a local Husband who was shot and killed outside a club this past weekend and it put a LOT of people I KNOW in a sad place. 1 Life to take is too much. Let’s all try and take a “Chill Pill” off life for a second, regroup, take an inventory of whats influencing our young culture to act so savagely with no respect for another life.

At times I feel like this world is only testing how much love, joy, peace, kindness, forbearance, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control that we have left in us. Maybe we should start working on these fruits within ourselves, teach them to our children and their friends, share them with our neighbors, share them ONLINE daily like the best TWERK video ever. Meditate on them day and night, cut off all portals of negative influences that lead to your soul because eventually out of the abundance of your heart, your mouth will soon speak. If you no longer have hate towards your brother or sister, you will be able to tell them that you love and care for them instead of accepting their challenge and pronouncing, “Well, N*gga let’s take this outside then, I ain’t no punk..”

Maybe, just maybe you would have saved someones else’s child from dying next weekend or better yet; you may have just saved yourself or your child from making a wrong turn through this valley of the shadows of death..

Galatians 5:19-26Contemporary English Version (CEV)

19 People’s desires make them give in to immoral ways, filthy thoughts, and shameful deeds. 20 They worship idols, practice witchcraft, hate others, and are hard to get along with. People become jealous, angry, and selfish. They not only argue and cause trouble, but they are 21 envious. They get drunk, carry on at wild parties, and do other evil things as well. I told you before, and I am telling you again: No one who does these things will share in the blessings of God’s kingdom.

22 God’s Spirit makes us loving, happy, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, 23 gentle, and self-controlled. There is no law against behaving in any of these ways. 24 And because we belong to Christ Jesus, we have killed our selfish feelings and desires. 25 God’s Spirit has given us life, and so we should follow the Spirit. 26 But don’t be conceited or make others jealous by claiming to be better than they are.

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