Focused Thoughts on the Trial in Minneapolis, America Today

I will not take my privilege today to co-op someone else’s pain or another community’s long struggle. I will, however, “be with” those focused on another attempt in our struggle for justice and righteousness in this nation. I am “holding my breath” today awaiting with heavy heart, justice for the ones who “cannot breathe”. I am saddened and afraid and trying to truly feel, truly empathize with those who know what it is like to wait on yet another verdict for those whose breath, dignity, and very lives have been taken from them. I will feel the guilt of my own grievous errors and purposeful sins and grieve for those who have made horrible choices because they have allowed their “hearts to become too small”. I will pray, yes, but pray without rational words for the families of people throughout this nation who continue to lead lives of fear, anger, sorrow, and mourning simply because of the way we have okayed the treatment of them because of the color of their skin or the fickleness of luck. I will cling onto a hope until the very last minute, until my own very last breath, that “the arc of the moral universe, long as it may be, will bend, must bend, God, please bend it soon, toward justice”.

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Jane Tawel

Still not old enough to know better. I root around and explore ideas in philosophy, spirituality, poetry, Judeo-Christian Worldview, family, relationships, and art. Often torn between encouragement & self-directed chastisement, I may sputter, but I still keep trying to move forward.

2 thoughts on “Focused Thoughts on the Trial in Minneapolis, America Today”

  1. Thank You, Jane! I live in Saint Paul, it’s eerily somber and tense here. National Guard posted throughout the metro. Prayers are needed. My oldest daughter was involved in the “Walkout’ yesterday and they created a scene that some parents are appalled by, due to their use of profane language and disgust with the situation- I told my girl that it’s probably a good thing and that some of these parents need to be woken up to the desperate need of reforms.


  2. as late fr kaiser
    well said justice is hereafter not here
    cops need to learn to be wiser
    but these non whites
    some non males
    have been marginalised
    for myriad centuries
    so rage is
    from their cage
    well or no


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