Yesterday morning, CNN broadcast the first service at the Emanuel AME church. The Rev. Goff said:
“The blood of the Mother Emanuel Nine requires us to work until not only justice is served in this case, but for those who are still living on the margin of life.”
His quote is an attitude of love in the face of hatred.
The gunman said he was going to start a “race war,” to which the Rev. Goff addressed in his sermon:
“Lots of folks expected us to do something strange and break out in a riot,” Goff said.
“Well, they just don’t know us,” he said, as the congregation stood and cheered.
The tragedy of the Charleston shooting remained in my thoughts and showed up in a poem during the dead of night.
The Insanity of Hate Hate is an acid erodes humanity, dissolves innate morality. Hate misshapes eats away reason from the slow drip of racism fed by stereotypes begat by fear, blame, otherness. Hate eats the heart throws up paranoia irrational rationalized thoughts Hate takes a gun commits violence, destroys turns world's upside down. Hate is a four letter word so is LOVE, motivated by HOPE, fueled by WORK, for an end to violence.