Disclaimer: This post is the opinion of Dr. Cunningham and not meant to be utilized for clinical treatment purposes.
There's so much being discussed about Montgomery, AL. I do not like jumping on bandwagons. I comment on what matters to me, not what's popular. Here's my take.
1. I do not condone violence and I understand self-defense. Ultimately, I am glad no firearms were involved. **This situation has been discussed like a highschool lunchroom brawl.** It could have been worse. I'm grateful it wasn't and lives were NOT lost. Bravo to the person who called the police. BRAVO to the POLICE WHO HANDLED THIS WELL.
2. The black man who was attacked while working - I AM GRATEFUL HE WAS SUPPORTED. I SAW AN ACT OF BROTHERHOOD AND COMMUNITY. BLACK MEN, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. YOU ARE LOVED AND SUPPORTED.
3. ALABAMA is the deep south. My father was born there. There is a long history of racial injustice. I am glad to see progress within their system of government, meaning more representation for the people of AL. CHANGE BRINGS ABOUT FRUSTRATION WITHIN SYSTEMS, ESPECIALLY TO THOSE WHO DO NOT WISH TO CHANGE.
4. I AM GLAD JUSTICE WILL BE SERVED TO THOSE PEOPLE WHO INTENDED HARM TO THAT BLACK MAN.
5. A community that supports their own, is a community that can thrive. This is irregardless of color. I smile knowing young and old, rich and poor, black and white can band together to defend their neighbor. THAT IS COMMUNITY.
6. One of my hopes: to see black people in AL at that dock who own boats. Working for the dock and owning the boat or the dock is a different stance of power and privilege.
7. I choose COMMUNITY, HOPE, COMPASSION, WISDOM, JUSTICE, LOVE, PEACE - sometimes after the battle. I CHOOSE PURPOSE AND PROGRESS FOR OUR FUTURE AND LEGACY.