Today another unarmed black man, Terence Crutcher, was fatally shot by a white police officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I don’t know the reason he was shot. None of us know much right now except what is reported by the news and shown in the police video. I don’t know if the action was triggered by racism. I don’t know if he wasn’t cooperating with the police.
What I do know is that there are human beings on both sides of this event and there was a reason. This cop justified the reason to shoot in her mind before she did it. Was her reason a valid one or not? I don’t know. Was she lacking training? I don’t know. All I know is that this is how people work. We come up with reasons and we justify them. These reasons often don’t make any sense to the people around us and it’s not an excuse for what happened. So what do we do with this piece of news? Many people will want retribution. Cops are bad…people are racist…we need a movement. People often get out of hand with their comments on Facebook immediately after something like this happens. People who don’t have a clue what’s going on and haven’t done their research. Please don’t take this the wrong way. I do not condone racism. But I also don’t condone anger and hatred and…
there’s SO MUCH ANGER.
Everyone has an opinion or at least a slew of swear words. You should probably join in right? It must deserve outrage if it’s all over Facebook, right?
I want to make you all aware of another option.
Today I watched a video of a workshop Tony Robbins hosted on 9/11. It was one of this regular workshops, already taking place, when 9/11 happened on the morning of day two. One woman in the audience lost her fiancé in the World Trade Center collapse. One man was a young Muslim man and immediately felt that people were going to blame him for what happened. Another man was a second generation Holocaust survivor with a baby on the way. I wasn’t sure how Tony was going to handle it or where he would take us, but her completely blew me away. He brought these people together in a way I’ve never seen before. In the end they were all hugging and spreading such love around the room. We can learn so much from his lessons. We do not always need to retaliate or judge. We can let go of the hatred and fear inside of us. It’s ok to let go.
15 years later and his words are still incredible powerful and timely.
I urge you to watch the entire video. It’s long, but it is entirely worth it. He doesn’t really get to the point until the very end when suddenly we realize he has completely solved the problem of world peace through two individuals. Imagine the lasting impact we could have if everyone on the earth could actually stop for a minute to try and understand why they’re making the decisions in their lives, what they need to make them happy and then to try and remember that EVERYONE ON EARTH IS THE SAME. We all have family, we all have the need for certainty, love, significance, growth and to contribute. We all need the same things and we can all make the world a better place by awakening ourselves and simply loving each other…no more hate, no more fear.
We have to try and stop these terrible things from happening, but I just don’t believe that retaliation and fear mongering is the way to do it. We need to come together to make a change. Don’t let this loss of life be for nothing! Spread love and take action for peace in any way you can.