July 16, 2013

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The Verdict has been read. We’ve been angry. We’ve been sad. We’ve been inundated with images of “post-racial” America that really aren’t so pleasing to the eye or the spirit.

And perhaps more importantly we’ve been left with the question of “What Now?” And to this question, provided numerous answers – but the most viable of all those recommendations is to Start Where You Are and Use What You Have.

READ: find at least five different credible/reliable news sources and subscribe to/follow them. Being informed across issues and platforms is critical.

VOLUNTEER: find a local organization that provides services to an issue that is important to you and give some of your time.

MENTOR: share your life, skills and awesomeness with a child who could use a great influence.

VOTE: the past several months have shown us the power of the vote. And with the latest changes to the Voting Rights Act, now more than ever our voice at the polls matters.

SHOW UP: if you’re summoned … get there!

GIVE: if you prefer a more hands-off approach, there is always an organization willing to accept financial gifts to support your cause. But if you’re a first time giver be sure to do a bit of research and vet your chosen agency/ies well.

NONE of these things will bring back Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, Jordan Davis or the countless others. But perhaps if each one of us takes some action now – it can prevent the next one…

To each of us, His Strength, Peace & Blessings

*I wrote this just a few days after Trayvon Martin’s murderer was found “not guilty”. And so tonight, just hours after the verdict in the murder of Jordan Davis – sadly, here I am again. Heavy hearted, as though he we were my own …. Tomorrow would have been Jordan’s 19th birthday.

Copyright © 2013, 2014 Tamika Brown and TheFynePrynt.com

Photo: @thafyneprynt

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