A day late for #FeelGoodFriday , but man... this one really got me.
I was already in tears at the mere sight of it, and just how much it represented (a photo like this holds innumerably more than just a thousand words), but then I read the story of what lead to this hug, and then, then I read the the amazing story of just who this boy is (seen here: http://bit.ly/1rHvI0t), and for a moment, somehow everything painful that happened in the wake of Mike Brown's death seemed justified--intentioned almost, as if it was all orchestrated perfectly in order for this precise, poignant moment to occur, and to be seen 'round the world.
I'm not saying Mike Brown's death is justified, or any of the other young black men who have been killed recently, but I do believe there are people who come into the world and, on some higher plane, volunteer to serve as the canary in the coal mine. They sacrifice themselves for the greater good, and make such a dramatic, bold demonstration of something that needs change, that we are irreversibly moved, and we can no longer ignore the imbalance.
Not only is this photo exactly what we need right now, my larger hope is that this will open up channels for this remarkable young man, and he can emerge as one of the leaders we so desperately need right now. A change-maker in the making. <3
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