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What first drew me to actor Terry Crews was when he made headlines for boldly speaking out against pornography.  He shared his own struggles with it to his fans (see video below) and it made national news.  The more I looked into his life, the more substance I found.  What I discovered was a courageous person who isn’t afraid to risk their popularity in order to stand for important truths.  I love this.  This led me to read Terry’s autobiography, Manhood.  What I discovered was the refreshing account of a real person, not a Hollywood facade.  What I found was a transparent, relatable guy that I have a lot in common with.  I highly recommend you read Manhood and I bet you’ll find the same thing.

12 Things Terry Crews and I have in Common:

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Whether the rest of America wants to admit it or not, black people have to fear for their lives every day living in this country.  They’ve been trying to tell us this for years now.  I do hope we start listening soon.  Please watch this 4-minute video of Charles Kinsey, a black therapist helping a patient in North Miami, trying to tell a police officer not to shoot him only to be shot by the officer and handcuffed.  The video is not graphic and the man lives; most of the video is the man talking about the baffling experience:

Screen Shot 2016-07-08 at 5.31.05 PMThis is not an isolated incident.  If you think it is, you are not listening to the fear black people have of living in this country.

It’s unlikely that something like this would have happened to a white person.

Now moving forward, this is what we need to pay attention to:

  • Will this police officer be fired?
  • Will this police officer go to court?
  • Will this police officer have to serve jail time for this?
  • While what you see in the video is bad, it’s not the core reason for Black Lives Matter and other related protests.  The core reason is that these things happen over and over again without the officer being held accountable whatsoever.

If you can watch this video and think that the officer shouldn’t be held accountable for their actions, you really need to check yourself.

Screen Shot 2016-07-08 at 5.42.10 PMAnd if this officer gets to do this and then walk free with no repercussions, we all should be in an uproar, as well as scared for our lives that this is the justice system we live in…or at least scared for the lives of our black brothers and sisters.

It is good and right (and biblical) to protest unjust justice systems.

None of this villianizes police officers.  One officer committed a very awful crime.  This officer needs to face the penalty of our legal system for this.  If they do, it will create a safer world for all police officers and will allow us the peace of mind to separate the good officers out from the bad, thanking the good ones profusely for their work.  If they don’t, it’s only going to make a lot of people very angry and some lunatic is going to start shooting police again.  The verdict lies in the hands of our legal system.  Have they learned yet or will they continue to let unjust acts go unpunished?