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There’s been a lot of talk about #Forgiveness in the African American community.

Many are calling it “conditioning” by our society, and something that should come to an end.

I hope these opinions don’t become a reality.

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#AmberGuygerSentencing

If the actions of #BothamJean’s brother, the black officer, and the black judge, were somehow a form of “conditioning”— I wish all of us were conditioned to do the same.

#Forgiveness
#Forgiveness is not a shameful thing.

In fact, it’s something I’ve always admired about the African American community.

It’s just a shame that it’s always your community who’s put in the position of needing to forgive.

#BothamJean
But chastising those who forgive, or the idea of #forgiveness altogether, won’t bring about an end to these types of tragedies.

Actually, replacing the humanity of an impossible forgiveness, with the accessibility of vengeance, might be the greatest tragedy of all.

#BothamJean
Reginald Denny was a white truck driver who became the target of African Americans, venting their anger during the LA Riots.

He fit all of the stereotypes of those who’ve oppressed POC in America—but that didn’t stop a group of African Americans risking their lives to save him.
It was a noble act of humanity, that transcended race — and it was a defining moment for that era.

That single act, more than anything else, was a turning point that allowed the nation to heal—at least, to some degree.
#Forgiveness #BothamJean
Every time a black mother has forgiven her child’s killer, I’ve stood in awe of them.

I’ve seen, on multiple occasions, African Americans throw themselves into dangerous situations to protect white people.

Even those who hated them because they were black.
#Forgiveness
I watched a black girl jump on top of a NeoNazi who was being beaten by a group of African Americans —and save his life.

Did he deserve to get beat?

Hell yes.

But that act of selfless bravery did more to change hearts and minds than any beating could accomplish.
#Forgiveness
I don’t know if these acts of selflessness and #Forgiveness are somehow “conditioning”—
or if they’re the acts of the most human among us, reaching out to one another in a time of grief.

#BothamJean
But I know one thing:

Regardless of the reasons behind their #Forgiveness, they’ve given us an example of the highest form of humanity.

One which we should strive to emulate.
So for those of you who view the hug from #BothemJean’s brother, or the judge, or the combing of #AmberGuyger’s hair by the black cop, as acts of “conditioning” that shouldn’t have happened, I have this to say to you:
I’m so deeply sorry that things have come to a point in our society where you view acts of humanity with suspicion.

But please don’t discard them.

Not now—when they’re so desperately needed.

They’re acts that elevate your community—and are an example to us all.

#Forgiveness
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