Saturday, December 15, 2012
Something in the Water and the Soul
Much has happened in this big wide world since I last posted oh so many months ago. Three much-publicized and horrifying events have put my brain matter into overtime. These situations became just the latest in a growing trend of those who have easy access to arms and use them in the most destructive ways possible. Firstly, there is this week's latest mass shooting, this time in Connecticut and of an especially heinous nature as it involved the killing of young children. Although at this point, it doesn't seem a clear motive has been established, many of these shootings tend to stem from unresolved mental health issues. Then there is the February shooting death of Trayvon Martin and the recent killing of Jordan Davis, both 17-year old black males from Florida whose lives came to abrupt ends at the hands of people with different racial backgrounds than their own.(Trayvon's killer George Zimmerman is of mixed Peruvian and white heritage, Jordan Davis' killer Michael Dunn is white). Although the legal process must be respected and the facts be allowed to play out in court, it angers me that we must sit here yet again and even entertain the slightest notion that both incidents may have been tempered by racial animosity and it grieves me that we as a nation are still mired in this stale state. I understand that racism ain't magically done just because we've twice elected a black President, but it's frustrating to realize that there are still those in this country whose ideologies are so static and deeply ingrained that they cower at any ripple of progress and the presence of those they deem too different from the old standard.