With the death of John Lewis last night, and Elijah Cummings last October, the United States House of Representatives, and therefore, the federal government, has been gutted of progressive civil rights activists who were there when the fire hoses, police dogs, and billy clubs were the tools of the trade employed by establishment white supremicists who figured they could supress the freedom of fellow humans with fear, violence, pain, and death.
These men proved to the country and the world that this was not the case. Many were injured, many were murdered, people of color, and all who marched and protested injustice were targeted and attacked in any way possible. The attempt to annihilate a movement and a population, to replicate the cruelty inflicted upon indigenous tribes 100 years earlier, was an impossible endeavor.
These two, and others like them, peacefully moved forth through the blood soaked streets, marching and singing and celebrating their freedom and their humanity until their last day. They became educated, experienced, and effective in the eternal class struggle that has plagued the world from the beginning of civilization.
Every living creature will eventually cease to exist. We will all be dead sooner or later. What we do while we are breathing is how we will be remembered by history and by our own karma.
How we interact with others, our work ethic, our seeking of knowledge, our compassion for the suffering, our struggle for freedom, will determine our heroism.
We mourn and honor those who have come and gone before us.
Let it not depress and paralyze us. Let us not dwell in sorrow and apathy, for our time is short here. Let us rise up as a new nation in honor of those who wished the best for us, and spent their lives employed in that cause.
Today we are re-engaged in a street fight with the government pledged to protect its citizens. Instead, it conspires to create fear, hatred, distrust, and inevitable destruction among us.
Let us not be hypocrites crying alligator tears for those who had the will and the courage to confront and defeat the forces of oppression. If we truly care, and clearly understand what they stood tall for, and stood strong against, then it is our responsibility to accept the challenges of carrying on within our own nature and our personal capacity. It will be either that, or descend into a dark age of “domination.”
The families, the nation, the world, will continue to lose great men and women. It is our obligation as survivors, to accept our inheritance, and to step into the void left in their space.
Blessings be upon their souls, and Peace to all who read this //oo\\