Monday, March 23, 2015

My Email to Mayor Fischer of Louisville

Some days I read the news and just want to ask, "What the hell is going on out there?" as if I don't live in the middle of this chaos we consider and call 'society". People are selfish, greedy, dishonest, and keep wanting to hurt each other, even little kids some time and I just want to cry and be depressed as if it were my responsibility to make things right. In a way, I guess all I can do is pray and do my part. Some days I see things that literally touch my black old sick heart and make me so happy inside that tears of joy or gratitude swell inside of me. 
Yesterday was one of those days. When I was upset and depressed about some personal stuff going on in my own life, someone posted an article on Facebook that kind of touched me inside. I tried to express myself in the best way I know how, to write it. Everyone in the Southern states get kind of painted as redneck, toothless, poor white trash, racist, ignorant, angry assholes by a lot of people because of some who are. That isn't fair. I am not saying that characterization isn't alive and well in some but I wish to always give my fellow man the benefit of the doubt and take the time and see for myself. 
There was a policeman in Louisville yesterday who helped a lady who was struggling. She had weighed 475 lbs. at one time and lost 200 lbs. That wasn't enough, she decided to participate in the annual Louisville 10 K  run. at the last of the trek, she became somewhat overwhelmed but stayed determined to continue. Her name was Asia Ford. The officer wasn't anyone most of us had heard of before, but he was just a genuinely nice man. I believe that when someone does something wrong we are to speak up about it and when we see someone do something we consider admirable, then we should say something then, also. I didn't write to him personally because I didn't know how but I knew his boss, the mayor, would have some sort of contact page so I wrote to him. I almost couldn't contain myself so I felt I had to express what I was feeling. He wrote back and the section below is what was said. 

"Mayor Fischer, 
I know by now you are proud of your officer, Louisville Metro Police Lt. Aubrey Gregory, who helped Asia Ford the last four miles of her ten K run. I read the story and had to say that, with all the bad press you have had locally because of officers being broad brush painted as angry and racist white guys that don't care about and actually hate black people. Lt. Gregory should be congratulated not for proving that all white people aren't racist, not for proving that all policemen aren't angry trigger happy internally scared insecure morons, and not for proving that he could do a good thing for a photo opportunity that some might take advantage of, but because my dad was a reserve policeman locally who thrived on public service and helping others and doing the right thing was something he thrived on, which is what I admired about my dad. What he should be congratulated for is just being a good human being, showing love and compassion for other people, and being an example, not only to the rest of the officers or even public servants that he works with, but as an example of what all Americans and all human beings in the world should be. 
I am sure you are proud to be having someone like that serving under you. I heard you are going to recognise him for that. I really hope I get to see that here. I am sure you are going to be having a busy day but I just had to let you know what I felt. Have a nice day, sir, and thanks.
Steve Walker
of Phoenix, Arizona"

The mayor sent  me a thank you reply today. I hope he prints out a copy of my email and shows it to the officer involved 

"Mayor Information

5:26 AM (14 hours ago)
to me
Good Morning.

Mr. Walker,

Thank you for sending such a positive letter.  Your input is appreciated."

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