I am aware that people are shaped by their ethnic backgrounds, personal experiences and religious beliefs. We all have different perspectives on life due to these differences. I accept that fact and respect the voice of all mankind. But there are times when we all must stop and ponder...do I really know what how others truly feel and think? Should I speak from my frame of reference as if I understand their point of view? My past experiences say to never do either of the above but always try to put myself in the shoes of the other person. Really spend some time analyzing their position. This means letting go of your own ideas and thoughts and assuming that the oppositions view point is correct. In other words, if this was me or my child how would I feel, believe, or respond?
The recent Ferguson tragedy is worthy of discussion. The discussion should not be isolated to just in one community. It needs to be a national conversation. We will not find right or wrong on this issue. But we can find hope and understanding. People feel and believe what they do for reasons. So take a couple of minutes and read the blog post below. Respond if it moves you. But do respond responsibly. Words matter and can be the difference between love and hate.
"Rioting is the voice of the unheard" (Rev. Ralph D. West, 2014).