Last night Braxton and I voluntarily evacuated due to the riots here in Atlanta GA. We had family not far from the city and so for us it was worth it to get out of town when we heard that the riots were only a couple blocks from our house.
We have not returned yet but neighbors and social media are revealing what has happened to our businesses- our community. It looks like a war zone. Our target is destroyed. Our mall is destroyed. Our Kroger is destroyed. Our streets are full of trash. Our lives will be altered by this significantly.
I am not black. I never will be- and I cannot act like it is possible for me to understand or personally relate to exactly what has happened. I want to be respectful of that. I do however know pain. I have survived an abusive relationship. I have been the target of racial slurs (yes, a white person can also be a victim at times). I have felt pain. We all have in our own way. Pain is pain.
Some of what happened here in #ATL was rooted in pain and injustice yes- in fact I was very much in agreement with the #atlantariots when they initially broke out because I agree we have a right to stand up for the oppressed. However I was quickly forced to withdraw my support and I drove the streets while we evacuated and saw horrific things.
People laughing. People gleeful about the damage. People blocking and attacking firemen who were trying to put out fires to protect THEM. People bragging about all the merchandise they were able to haul away. I saw this with my own eyes.
This was not sorrowful or bitter or anything surrounding a desire for justice. This was spiteful, proud, and selfish. Bad people capitalizing on a bad situation.
Before you blindly support these riots, make sure you have the real facts- not just the things being thrown around on social media. Two wrongs don’t make a right. We cannot throw out our moral compass and blindly allow people to cause further devastation for our nation in response to wrongs. This is not the example we want for our children or our youth. Young leaders getting the wrong idea about how to lead.
I will continue to fight for equality... but not like this.
9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.(L)16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.