Challenge: We Are One Wednesdays

Dear Editor,

I’m issuing a challenge, We Are One Wednesdays!

Our world has had many incidents, some recent and some that are lingering. Many of these incidents exemplify hate and division. On Wednesdays, beginning tomorrow, we can overshadow our world with LOVE. I am challenging you to see “color” and when you do, give a special gesture of love for/towards someone of a different color or race.

For example, societal norms would currently have African- American males at odds with law enforcement as a result of the recent events, however, my challenge is that our African American males, on We Are One Wednesday, specifically embrace law enforcement with LOVE and that law enforcement specifically embrace African-American males with LOVE. Treat each other to a meal, beverage or snack. If you are unable to participate monetarily, then a simple pleasant greeting or gesture will serve the same purpose.

This challenge is not only for African-American males and law enforcement, as hatred exists outside of this interaction too. I challenge everyone to see “color” and specifically embrace it with LOVE. Purchase breakfast, lunch, any meal, snack, or beverage for someone of another race/color. Purchase an item for someone of another race/color while at the register in the stores. Again, if you are unable to participate monetarily, a gesture will serve the same purpose. Pump their gas, greet them and wish them a great day.

Let’s share this challenge, make it viral and complete with LOVE. These gestures of humanity have the ability to unite our world in LOVE. It takes each ONE person being willing to do their part to make our world better!

These are a few verses from the Bible, that provide guidance on how to address hateful situations and/or occurrences:

1 Peter 4:8- Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

Collossians 3:14- And over all these virtues, put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Proverbs 10:12- Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers all wrongs.

Luke 6:31- Do to others as you would have them do to you.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was instrumental in addressing many of the racial barriers/issues of his time, also said

1- “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”

2- “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

3- “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

4- “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people, but the silence over that by the good people.”

Can LOVE count on you to make our world better, on this coming and each and every “We Are One Wednesdays”?

Ferlicia Cuthbertson,