The non-indictment of Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri has created a national call to conscience that is echoing across multiple cites in our nations. As citizens are taking to the streets in support of Michael Browns family the systematic assaults and murdering of African Americans must stop. On the night of the announcement it was reported 12 plus buildings were torched, businesses were looted, protesters were tear gassed, and 80 arrests were conducted because of America’s caste legal system that operates within the implicit boundaries of separatism and the oppression of minority’s. These reactions were explosive due to the constant abuses of peace officers in this nation. As I watch and observe the divisive argument that is fueled by prejudicial stereotypes and racial disharmony it saddens me. With sadness comes pain and through pain I hope will come truth. Dr. King postulated in his revered I Have a Dream Sermon, “Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children. We can never be satisfied as long as the African American is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality” (August, 1963). Nonviolence is the only way to approach bigotry, prejudice, separatism, and ignorance. Hear me when I say racial sensitivity is not the collective proposition of your lawmakers however its your duty to dismantle the disparaging perceptions of others. Don’t be fooled by the media attention to the plight unless the world takes action and underpins new legislation the Michael Brown Bill ( personal video cams on peace officers) will you begin to see a change. You wanna know why, because , when the eyes of the world are upon you the pendulum will always swing in your favor. The need for prosecuting officials to disguise their tracks through manipulated grand juries will no longer be a feature to hide their murderous acts and there pursuits to dehumanizing people of color.
(Retired Peace Officer)
I’ve been away for a little while however I’ve carried all of you that follow me in my heart. So I greet you today, Namaste, my friends, I hope peace and blessings have been at your side in my absence. Have you been conscientious in your behaviors and your actions? Have you opened your heart and befriended another. I trust that you all have been gifting love without a doubt. Let’s do some catching up. It has been an exciting summer and fall. I’ve tackled every subject under the sun in graduate psychology, and I’m proud to say it’s off to doctoral studies in 2015. I hope that you all have made significant accomplishments. There has been an overwhelming surge of cognitive dissonance in my peers, and I guess I’m the girl of compassionate wisdom. The philosopher of logic, spiritual teaching, and the enhancer of self-identities. I’ve become the person one seeks when things have become so inconsistent that the need for cognitive (stable dispositions) re-adjustments and behaviors have now become my forte. I’m appreciative of those who seek my discretionary abilities. Today we address the issue of cognitive dissonance from theorist Festinger, L., (1957), and I hope from you understanding the concept you can apply some consistency to your lives. Cognitive dissonance is a mental representation of internal conflict (disharmony) that arises from contradictions in beliefs, values, morals, judgments, behaviors and attitudes. Whoa, that was a mouthful. When dissonance occurs, individuals are faced with a spectrum (happiness, sadness, anger, anxiety, fear, apprehension etc.) of emotions that are situational. How do we self-balance again when we are spiritual conflicted? You find a place where you can mentally decompress and begin to assert yourself again from a psychological state that is balanced and consistent (harmonious) in thoughts, beliefs and behaviors. We all suffer at times from unharmonious affairs of the mind however everything is fixable when you believe in yourself and have faith in the power of restoration. Our lives are complex and finding cognitive consonance in your worries will not surface overnight. However, placing it into God’s hands will give you peace in the midst of your troubles that will allow you to assess the dilemmas critically before you and move you to an inspired discernment.
Be at Peace & Cognitive Consonance
What if you had the opportunity to draft your life over?
Where would you begin?
Would you change your DNA?
Your social class
Or simply take a ride in 1st class
What if you could draft your life all over again?
Erasing all your pain, anger and fear
I’m giving you a blank page to take your life back
And escape your fears
Travel to a place full of dreams
A place of new idea’s
A new map to success
An expression of love to a friend
Or a Blank Page,
You have the power to create a new piece of mind!
Write your first page in the comment lines.
Go get a pen, Let’s begin?
“Yearn to understand first and to be understood second”
Beca Lewis Allen
The grapevine a line of communication that develops between girlfriends that carry messages between friends or foes used to be either supportive, discouraging, discountable, or simple to undercut the actions of a sister friend that’s trying to unite the strands of colored pearls inhabiting the world. Pearls, thats the women of truth, the movement I represent. A loving community of women poised to embody, assimilate and enrich the lives of girls and women globally. What unnerves me is the ignorance of those who have not come to terms with there charge in life and the gift of womanhood placed in them to infuse righteousness, creativity and knowledge into the lives of the women they touch. The vicious cycle of games and haterism that women play when forced to reach beyond there comfort zone can be a wicked display of diamond encrusted daggers. Women come in various forms of shape, color and intellectual astuteness. There are some when they feel threatened, insecure and infallible that incite confusion and destruction in order to diffuse the light and focus of other women trying to bring about change and progression. Why do we as women resort to such defenseless deployments of social warfare when faced in uncomfortable social arenas.
The social etiquette of woman is lacking the luster it should reflect when the commonalities that link us yet separate us is put on public display. Why do we saunter around like beautiful gazelles when viewed in a herd yet when threatened by an outsider we socially alienate them. Women should act better than that. We are nurturers by design. One bad apple has the capability to poison the tree that bears it. That has to change! Our gender learns from makeup 101 that although we can conceal a blemish it’s still an imperfection. Ponder this opening your spiritual vessel and welcoming hands to all sister friends who seek refuge. Treat and respect all of humanity like your brother, sister, mother, father, daughter , lover or best friend. Love and kindness should be your measure of success. Allowing kindness and humility to be your hash tag your reverence of life. Honoring and respecting the light of each individual should bless you with comfort, accountability, hope and inspiration .
Your social interactions should be a invigorating kiss of you which when given wholesomely encourages and uplifts the others pearls that share the world along side you.
So my girls, aspire to climb your objectives just don’t step on those coming up behind you.