Tuesday, July 9, 2013

20 Seems Too Young to Become an Ancestor

Today we celebrated the life and home-going of one of our newest ancestors. This young man, Clarence Rickey Bourne, was one of the youth I served in the Venice YouthBuild program which I direct here in Los Angeles. Today, when I spoke at his home-going celebration, I reminded his family that our loved ones are kept alive in our memories. I reminded them no box can contain life it can only hold the shell, the body. The seed of a good life is planted in each and every heart touched by and remembered by us. I reminded the youth that they should let the death and life of this newly promoted ancestor motivate them to Keep Going and not quit. I also reminded all that were in attendance that this was not the time to play the revenge game. The universe will handle and bring to justice what seems like an injustice right now.

This senseless act of gun violence brought home to me our vulnerability and nearness of this gun violence issue. It also rekindled my desire to make a difference in this world to stop the gun violence in our community. Now I am beginning to wonder is there any "good" use of guns period.

 I want to encourage all of us to rethink our love, use and dependency on guns; Those of us who have them especially our youth are more likely to use them to kill others rather than find other means to communicate. We have the power in us to stop the violent use of guns. I am convinced that laws alone can't do this. It begins with a sacred reverence for and value of life itself, all life even the life of the perpetrators of gun violence-mass or individual. When we hold life precious, even the life of the unborn and the ancestors, we begin to cut off this vicious murderous spirit at its root.  We must decide that we are tired of the damage guns are causing in our communities. Please don't wait until death comes knocking at you door like it did mine, before you decided enough is enough. Take a stand today. Check out this following article about one of our newest ancestors.

http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-76591857/ and then join in the resistance against gun violence at: http://www.lifelinestohealing.org/