The answer to violence is not more violence.
Anger over the death of George Floyd and the resulting riots are causing more pain. It's one thing to come together to speak out against the wrongful actions of anyone, and it's also wrong to justify the killing of another innocent person as an act of retaliation.
Why is the first response to unlawful violence more unlawful violence?
We should let our leaders know there needs to be change and there should be leaders leading the pathway toward change. Martin Luther King, Jr said that riots were a way to be heard. But the message is getting lost because of the actions of criminals.
In 1992, I was called to go to Los Angeles during the Rodney King riots. The destruction to people's lives and property didn't make sense then and it doesn't make sense now. If you want real change, you must do it from the inside.
The actions of great leaders should be to inspire others to do good. They dream big dreams and pursue them. They have hope enough to give to others who have lost hope. They give a hand-up not just a hand-out. They lead the way toward success so others can follow. And they do it from a place of love.
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
Martin Luther King, Jr.