Almost 55 years ago President John F. Kennedy famously said "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." Speaking on the first anniversary of the "Alliance for Progress" program, he was referring to revolutionary turmoil throughout the Third World as a result of socioeconomic disparities. But the sentiment was echoed by Martin Luther King, Jr regarding the home front, and this week's events underline its truth.
The deeper truth is that the shootings this week--all of them--reflect perfectly the twin pillars of the American nightmare: White Supremacy and the Rule of the Gun. "Rule" indeed: hegemony, measure, and law. We must resist all three.
This is why we look to the blind Bartimaeus, who summons us from Denial to Discipleship. It is why we and our movement do the work we do, friends, and why we cannot and must not let up.