COMMENTARY: America’s Justice System on Trial: George Floyd

Given America’s torrid history of racial injustice, it is difficult for Black Americans to believe that Lady Justice is blind. Therefore, more often than not regarding “The Halls of Justice”; especially for Black Americans, it simply means that justice is usually in the halls, and not in courtrooms. For nine minutes and 29 seconds, the world witnessed in horror the police racial execution of George Floyd: disgraceful. There are usually two sides to every story: truth versus lie.

Hence, Derek Chauvin is on trial, and at the same time, America’s criminal justice system is on trial. The spiritual question is: can Blacks in America receive justice? We all know that justice is a spiritual concept; not just monetary settlements, because money cannot buy either love or justice? Justice is about truth versus a lie. America has declared that all men are created equal, but we have never lived out the spiritual truth of the declaration. Moreover, we all know that God is a Just-righteous-Judge, because He judges both the living and the dead. And, this is why individuals should stay ready, and they will not have to get ready, because an individual never knows when God might call his/her name. Hence, looking back and saying “I wish” is not a plausible excuse for unrighteousness and evil, because God has warned all of us concerning looking back at sin (e.g., Sodom and Gomorrah), because all of us have sinned and fallen short of the glory of GOD.

America’s criminal justice system is at a spiritual crossroads, because justice is sacred and spiritual, and those who administer Justice should fear God with a moral conscience, because: “Fear of the Lord is the instruction in wisdom, and before honour is humility.” (Proverbs 15: 33).  Evil individuals do not understand justice, because they say Lord, Lord and run with the devil. However, this is why Amos could say: “Let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.”  If Americans desire to be judged justly they must judge others justly, because we know that: “Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand all things.” (Proverbs 28: 5). Therefore, Justice is God’s character, and individuals who know God treat others justly, because: “He hath shewed thee, O’Man, what is good; and what doth the Lord of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.”  The world witnessed the public murder of George Floyd the question is: will the world witness the conviction of the murderer?

America, God is angry with the wicked every day and this is why we should: “Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil, as roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” Thus, it is God’s to give and yours to receive, if you so choose (free-will)

October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit www.edwardsforhouston.com

As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.

Calling all teenage student-athletes! If you have dreams of playing college soccer and wish to represent an HBCU, the HBCU ID Camp is your golden opportunity. From 8 am to 5 pm on November 11-12, Houston Sports Park will transform into a hub for aspiring male and female soccer players. Coaches from HBCUs across the nation will be present to evaluate, scout, and offer valuable feedback. Moreover, they might even spot the next soccer prodigy to join their collegiate soccer programs. This camp is not just about honing your soccer skills but also a chance to connect with the HBCU soccer community. You’ll learn the ins and outs of what it takes to excel on the field and in the classroom, which is crucial for a college athlete. The HBCU ID Camp is an excellent platform to network with coaches, learn from experienced athletes, and take the first steps toward your college soccer journey. To secure your spot at this incredible event, don’t forget to register [here](insert registration link). Space is limited to 120 participants, so make sure to reserve your place before it’s too late. It’s time to turn your dreams of playing college soccer into a reality.

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