We all can do our part to help change the world, by standing up for what is right. Every one deserves the right to live. Let us work together to create a world where there is equal rights and justice for everyone.
Thousands of New Yorkers lined the streets to get a glimpse of Pope Francis and there were excited cheers from people everywhere he went. The message he brought us was one of love, unity, equality and acceptance.
He delivered a powerful speech to the United Nations General Assembly. He spoke about the abuse of power and about those more powerful countries that lend money to poorer countries with stringent measures that keep those countries in poverty. He spoke about those cast off by society who live on what is discarded by others and suffer the most from abuse of the environment.
He noted that the environment was not ours to abuse much less to destroy and touched on the topic of man creating weapons of mass destruction. “In wars and conflict there are individuals who weep, suffer and die,” he said. He did not stop there but also spoke about human trafficking, the sale of body parts and the sexual exploitation of little girls and boys. Every subject he touched had something to do with us as individuals and our environment. The thing I hope everyone who listened to that speech took note of is these words that ring so true -The real danger in the world comes from man – what are we going to do about it? Continue down the path of destruction, inflicting pain on one another or are we going to change?
Give me a world without hate and prejudice
Give me a world where respect for life,
Takes priority over everything else.
Give me a world where people are treated equally.
The sun does not shine on a selected few,
Nor does the rain fall only for some.
We all come into this world the same way
And when we depart we will all go six feet under.
While we share the same planet and breathe the same air
Let us be mindful of one another.
Wouldn’t it be great to have a world free from war
Where people spend time building bridges of friendship instead of tearing them apart?
Wouldn’t it be great if people loved and cared for one another
Instead of turning on each other like monsters unleashed from hell?
Wouldn’t it be great if more money was spent on finding cure for diseases and less on building weapons of destruction and death?
Wouldn’t it be great to have a world where the color of one’s skin didn’t matter,where prejudice did not exist and equality was something practiced everywhere?
Is Equality Just a Figment of our Imagination?
Could it be that we have become complacent and have we allowed ourselves to be lured by a false sense of equality? We must wake up and realize that the struggle for equality among the races is far from over. There is still prejudice in society.
There are some questions that still need answering. Was it prejudice or justice that allowed a man to kill a black unarmed teen and walk free? Was it prejudice or justice at play when a man was found guilty of attempted murder for the youths he did not kill and yet not guilty for the one whose life he took? Was it prejudice or justice that allowed a judge to give a rich white boy ten years probation after he was found guilty of killing four people while driving under the influence?
Was it prejudice of justice that allowed the state of Georgia to execute Troy Davis although there was reasonable doubt that he committed the crime they executed him for. Davis was executed on September 21, 2011 for the shooting death of a police officer. His story was one that captured the attention of the world and brought into question the fairness of the justice system.
There were grave doubts about Davis’s guilt. OF the nine people who testified at his trial seven of them recanted their stories. One man even confessed he had no idea who killed the officer. All of this put together should have been cause for reasonable doubt. In this case we are still not sure if guilty beyond reasonable doubt was ever taken into consideration.
Human rights groups begged for a stay of execution. The former President Jimmy Carter and even Pope Benedict XVI asked for clemency but their pleas fell on deaf ears. The result is that an innocent man may have lost his life. Let us not become complacent and forget the ones who are gone. Let us keep Trayvon Martin, Troy Davis and Jordan Davis in our memories.
God deemed that all men are created equally, but man have decided otherwise. If we have a system in place that favors one race over another there will never be equality and there will never be justice.