*(before I get started, I apologize in advance for grammatical errors I have dyslexia I catch what I can)
I may lose some friends with this one. This post is not about Dylan Roof per se, I wrote this because I am disappointed in religious beliefs of some of the affected families, as I watched the news coverage some of the families have come out to say they “forgive” Dylan, and I don’t feel you should. This man took someone from your life by his direct actions, he does not deserve your compassion, how dare we lighten his bourdon? Let him seek sympathy from our courts, you haven’t even had to chance to lay your families to rest yet you feel being a good Christian means you forgive this murderer. I am Catholic (and I only say that to say I’m not an atheist not that the religion I was baptized for is any better) My beef is with religion when it is used as an excuse to do wrong or in the case I speak to now could be used for lenience.
Let us all look at situations just as human beings and in the basis of the law. A man took the lives of nine innocent people, why should you forgive him? Those that support what ever part of this, have found it in themselves to donate to his cause if you will and have raised his bail plus. Who helps the nine families in the years that follow? How much was donated to bury the victims? And let me speak once on the joke on the internet, that Caucasians aren’t claiming him, I wont even entertain that notion and really don’t understand how so many did it deserves no response at all it was created to be retweeted (smh).
Another white male mass murderer is captured unharmed, it saddens me when I think of the police and private citizens that took the lives of young and old unarmed black men and yet black lives matter is still a joke to some, no one wants to have the talk about race and as it relates to religion, should not Dylan be double damned? I’m pretty sure I’m not going out on a ledge here to say his mother believed in some denomination of Christianity after all she is from the south (sorry). He sat in a church for some time before he carried out his acts it’s been said patrons were so nice to the outsider that he almost did not go through with it. Almost doesn’t count.
Religion scares me all of it, because its technically something we follow that can’t really be proven values based on rules interpreted by one person during a time when people fled Europe for religious beliefs, do we need religion… Yes just shouldn’t be involved in so many decisions if any at all. Have we all just lost our minds or is common sense as lost as they say chivalry is? -Vonte
It’s the simple things sometimes. I saw this clip and shed a tear, at first because I remember the episode their grandparents wedding well renewing of vows, but then it turned into more. (not a full cry. More thought) “Damn was it really all that simple then?” You may not know this about me but, I grew up in a single parent home since eight years old through no sad story my dad was there, just situations, moving, and well miscommunication we didn’t see each other for over twenty-some years, through it all my mom worked two jobs and my siblings were old enough to make their own decisions and live on their own since I left elementary school. Yet still here I am, I made it out alright from inner city life, I had my family when I needed them we all do and when they were on their own things we had the Cosby’s.
Music videos still had video girls (remember The Box pay-per view music videos) Rick James sang about weed, tied a women up, and lets not forget LSD, and crack cocaine were things so where did it all get F’d up? When did belt (or other) whoopings really become abuse? When did it become okay to disrespect an elder or a public place? When did the culture lose its minds and well become stupid?
I looked up to the Cosby Show not because I wanted to be a doctor or even necessarily go to college but because, from everything I know, that is still what family does and is for us. No matter how messed up your family is, when you get together you had those Cosby moments. Yes exaggerated for TV still but still true. We lost that along the way. And a generation passed that had no Cosby show to look upon, now scripted reality TV thing is the thing to beat (yeah it’s still scripted they can’t pull that stuff off in all those locations on the fly clubs and restaurants would get sued real people hurt) pay for play radio stations that play all the same songs continuously and dear I call them artist but rappers like Future, and Chief Keef, get record deals and work. Futures break out hit was “Tony Montana” I would post the lyrics but there’s no point? The few intelligible words were repeated many times and the majority of those were the songs’ title. We’re more concerned with sex tapes, WorldStar fights, and animal rights then we are about raising our kids and instilling values, reminding them that there is a time and place for everything and every elder deserves respect. So yeah seeing this clip made me tear up. We as a nation (not a black or white thing) are lost and too far gone to even realize there is a problem, or are just to lazy to solve it. Demand more from your life, your television and dammit your music. Michael Vick served three years for fighting dogs and George Zimmerman walks away from shooting a young man he followed and provoked on property not owned by him ( yes I went there). So demand more, and well more importantly start at home. -Vonte ( FYI I love dogs)