‘Injustice Anywhere Is a Threat to Justice Everywhere’

By Charlie Plowman
The Outlook

Charlie Plowman
Charlie Plowman

It’s been a dark and emotionally draining week. It has been much longer than a week for people of color; a few centuries, perhaps.
It goes without saying that this is a brutal time for our nation. How often are we under two emergency orders simultaneously?
Last week’s death of George Floyd was horrifying. We’ve all seen the video multiple times: Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. As a TV reporter astutely pointed out, the video appears to show the officer shifting his weight after a few minutes to seemingly apply even more pressure while already in a dominating position. And as we saw, in the final three minutes the 46-year-old Floyd lay motionless.
Pastor Albert Tate from Fellowship Church used the terms “execution” and “evil” in describing the death during the streaming of his Sunday sermon. It was the first time that I’d heard those two words mentioned in this context.
And Tate is not alone in looking for words that fit the enormity and gravity of what we saw. People from all walks of life, regardless of their skin color, are outraged by the senseless death of George Floyd.
Many of the protests that I watched on television featured ethnic diversity. In fact, the news showed a protest march in Santa Ana on Sunday that seemed to be mostly Latino. This is obviously not simply a black issue; this is a human rights issue.
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Vance Honors MLK Jr. at Prayer Breakfast

Courtney B. Vance has excelled in so many roles — as Johnnie Cochran on screen, as Hap Hairston on stage, as a parent and a husband in real life and, early on Thursday, Nov. 2, as the keynote speaker at the annual Community Prayer Breakfast at the Crescenta Cañada YMCA.
At the annual event, which seeks to highlight and raise funds for the YMCA’s Chaplain Services program, Vance delivered an address that weaved together poetry, history, Bible verse and real talk. He asked the 350 members of the audience to ask themselves, “Are we willing to overcome whatever fears we each have and give of our time, our love, our energy, our passions, our service for the glory of almighty God?” Continue reading “Vance Honors MLK Jr. at Prayer Breakfast”