Shame on us

  • Friday, May 23, 2014

A prayer vigil was held Tuesday evening at the Bethel AME church. It was sponsored by the Alpha Kappa Alpha Soroity, Mu Phi Omega Chapter.

It was in support of and prayer for the safe return of the nearly 300 young girls kidnapped from a boarding school in Nigeria. Victims of Boko Haram, an Islamic Jihadist and Takfiri terrorist organization that is fighting western education.

There were more than 200 people at the vigil – women, men and children – and a number of churches were represented via their congregations and ministers.

All were black.


Where were the Catholics? Episcopalians? Baptists? Presbyterians? Lutherans? Methodists? Jews?

We did not see any of these priests and ministers at the vigil.

How disappointing. Perhaps they did not receive a specific invitation. If so, shame on the organizers.

However, the vigil was “advertised” in the paper. It was open to the community. But the white community didn’t attend. Shame on them.

Does a prayer vigil ensure these children are brought home safe and sound? Probably not. Does a prayer vigil honor these children? Absolutely.

If every community held a prayer vigil would the world pay attention? Maybe.

Does a prayer vigil bring communities together for a cause larger than its individuals? Yes.

Does a coming together of a community good for the community as a whole? Of course.

The vigil pamphlet shows a photograph of Nigerian children and the (valid) question: “Does anyone care?”

We live in a global community and if we pretend such atrocities have nothing to do with us we are fooling ourselves. These children are our children…all of ours, regardless of race.

This was a crime against humanity and last time we looked, we are all members of that race.

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