Now, THIS Protest I Support 100%

School closing protestI will support a peaceful protest for schools.

I will support a peaceful protest for jobs.

I will support a peaceful protest for housing.

I will support a peaceful protest for laying down your arms.

I will support a peaceful protest for getting drugs out of a neighborhood.

I will support a peaceful protest for community centers, Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs, etc.

I will support a peaceful protest for creating parks.

I will support a peaceful protest for getting kids in sleepaway camps for free.

I will support a peaceful protest for fathers to take care of their kids.

I will support a peaceful protest for brothers to stop shooting brothers in the street.

But if you want me to support a disruptive protest that is violent at times, that may also call for the execution of certain individuals, put it out your mind. Ain’t gonna happen.

“Violence begets violence; hate begets hate; and toughness begets a greater toughness. It is all a descending spiral, and the end is destruction — for everybody. Along the way of life, someone must have enough sense and morality to cut off the chain of hate.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

Still, life.

Still life with musicYou know, it’s a shame life is so fleeting; so many albums left unheard, so many photographs left unseen, so many goals left unattained, so many cases left unsolved. Here, in the twilight of my life, I am grateful for having been alive for a short while. I may not have lived as a prince or an admiral or even a married NT, still, I had life, not as bad as the people the Khmer Rouge massacred, the people of Pompeii burned in the path of Mt. Vesuvius or the people frequently swallowed whole by the earthquakes in Chile. Still, I had life, the greatest gift anyone can receive, polished by freedom, unstained by wisdom, enlightened by music.