What’s Happening Wednesday: The Struggle is Real.

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.”

“This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”

The prophetic voice of Frederick Douglass rings in my ears.

I watch as Colin Kaepernick is vilified, and as an eight-year-0ld boy is sent home from school for taking a knee.  I see police unions boycotting artists and venues and I wonder why it’s so much easier to attack the protesters than it is to address whatever they’re protesting.

Perhaps addressing protesters is easier because they give us a visual target.  The thing being protested is sometimes an intangible, like justice.  Sometimes the thing being protested is too big to fathom, like systemic racism.  Sometimes, the thing we’re fighting against is not flesh and blood, but rulers,authorities, and principalities of this world.  It’s hard to fight spiritual battles in the physical realm.  But for so many of us, we only know how to fight with our hands…so we look for a target to put our hands on.

The struggle for justice will continue until it is a reality for all.  My Bible says to seek justice,  to love mercy and to defend those who have no one to speak for them.   I admire anyone who takes on that cause.  They have put feet to their faith and while the march may seem slow, they have to continue to believe that their progress will come.  And that is the real struggle.

Mama Radford

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