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Senseless Killing Calls For The Power of Forgiveness with Steve Harvey

The past few weeks have definitely put the police in a badlight.  Police shaming has led to amyriad of senseless killing that NEEDS to end.

This couldn’t be any more perfect timing for Steve Harvey’s “ThePower of Forgiveness” segment (aired 7/18/16).

The first story in the segment signifies the importance of not judging a book by a cover.  Yes, this phrase seems to be an overused cliché, but it still holds truth.

Just as police officers shouldn’t judge a black teenage boy dressed in a hoodie, civilians should not be quick to judge a white man in a uniform.

When 28-year-old LaVonte Dell was pulled over by Westlandpolice he was not given a ticket, but rather a car seat.  The struggling father was caught by police officer Joshua Scaglione for not harnessing his daughter with a car seat.  Instead of ridiculing Dell, Officer Scaglione sympathized with him, asking Dell why his daughter didn’t have a car seat.  It turned out that Dell couldn’t afford to buy a car seat for his toddler.  In true eracist fashion, Officer Scaglione accompanied Dell to Walmart, generously purchasing a pink car seat for Dell’s daughter.

The second story in the segment signifies not only the powerof forgiveness, but also the importance of “letting it go”.  Police officer Andrew Collins plummeted into a dark life of corruption, consequently framing Jameel McGee for drug possession.  After spending 4 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, McGee chose forgiveness instead of revenge.  He chose love over hate.

What we should take from this:

Was it fair for Andrew Collins to serve only 18 months inprison for framing multiple people while Jameel McGee served 4 years for a crime he didn’t commit?  Hell no!

Does this story prove the serious, despicable, racism within the justice system and how we must make an effort to change it? Hell yeah!

But McGee didn’t let hate consume him.  Instead of beating Collins up and putting abullet through his head, McGee reflected and found solace within forgiveness.  That takes strength.

Although Collins reaffirms the fact that there are bad copsout there, Officer Scaglione affirms that there are still good ones.

Scaglione’s generosity teaches us the power ofcommunity.

As an Eracist, it is our dutyto not be quick to judge, but rather be quick to help.

Written by Monique Mahabir
Summer 2016 Writing Intern
The Indie Lancer


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