My picture represents solidarity and that we as a family stand against the injustices of all people. We teach our children that their shades of brown are beautiful and skin color is not accompanied by superiority. We teach our children that all people are created equal and that there will be times when that concept is challenged. We teach our children that when they face challenges of being treated unfairly based upon the color of skin and/or gender, not to give that person/system any power over them. They must not be intimidated or afraid of those who have set themselves against them because God did not give them a spirit of fear. We teach our children to stand their ground and to speak up for themselves. We teach our children not to let anyone mistreat them, talk down on them, or abuse them. Daily, we give our children words of affirmation reminding them who they belong to and the power of the Holy Spirit that resides inside of them. They are the children of the Most High and at all times God will protect them. We teach our children to love all people with the love of Christ and not to discriminate. We raise our fists to say enough is enough and we will use them to defend these tenants. All lives matter. We’re angry and it’s time to flip the tables.
“BE ANGRY [at sin—at immorality, at injustice, at ungodly behavior], YET DO NOT SIN; do not let your anger [cause you shame, nor allow it to] last until the sun goes down.”Ephesians 4:26 (AMP)
In Matthew 21:12-13 when Jesus came against the injustice and system corruption, he flipped the tables. He was angry but he did not sin. He spoke the truth and commanded things to come into order according to God’s word. I am all for protests against injustice but they must be done in systematic order. Raise your fists and say enough is enough. Raise your fists by showing up for your local town meetings and get an understanding of what is taking place in your communities. Raise your fists by carefully assessing the candidates you’re placing in political offices by exercising your right to vote. Raise your fists by organizing marches to the voting polls. Raise your fists by voting to remove the corrupt and racists people that have been serving in our justice systems for years. It is time for some people to go. Raise your fists by understanding, discussing, and teaching your communities about the laws of oppression and the people they affect. Raise your fists and flip the tables in a manner that doesn’t allow you to sin but allows your voice to be heard. If you’re angry understand why you’re angry and then do something that will have an everlasting effect, not a temporary impact. What can you do right now that will cause a change in your home, community, state, and nation? Raise your fists to stand against the injustices that we face.
“Each one teach one” until we all do what is right, fair, and impartial.– African-American Proverb
“Remove the Veil to Reveal God’s Glory” by taking a stand!James & Shatoya Aylor, Virtuously Unveiled