Have you heard Captain Ron Johnson’s powerful speech to the Ferguson Missouri community? I’ve been concerned about the militarization of our police force for a long time. It really hit me with Katrina when people who were seeking help in crisis were treated as criminals and suppressed with weapons of war.
There was darkness and overreach in Ferguson. There is also great beauty there. Captain Ron Johnson humbly gives voice to that beauty – and draws out the gorgeous humanity of the citizens there.
Watch it here.
The simple truth is incredibly powerful. Personal expression moves mountains. We are human – so human – and embracing that humanity is what will get us through our challenges intact.
What moved me the most was Johnson’s affirmation that the tragedy of Michael Brown’s death would transform them all and make them better people. I know the biggest tragedies in my life have been my greatest teachers. It’s an incredible gift to be reminded of that while you are walking through your fire instead of figuring it out years later.
Watch the video – he is a master of Speaking Strong.
Ouch!!! Yikes!!! I read this morning’s headline.
Ron Johnson DOES have his work cut out for him. At least I trust the wisdom of his captainship.