What’s Going On

Not long after I read about yet another shooting of another unarmed black person, I heard Marvin Gaye’s song on the radio.

“What’s Going On”

Mother, mother
There’s too many of you crying
Brother, brother, brother
There’s far too many of you dying
You know we’ve got to find a way
To bring some lovin’ here today – Ya

Father, father
We don’t need to escalate
You see, war is not the answer
For only love can conquer hate
You know we’ve got to find a way
To bring some lovin’ here today

Picket lines and picket signs
Don’t punish me with brutality
Talk to me, so you can see
Oh, what’s going on
What’s going on
Ya, what’s going on
Ah, what’s going on

In the mean time
Right on, baby
Right on
Right on

Mother, mother, everybody thinks we’re wrong
Oh, but who are they to judge us
Simply because our hair is long
Oh, you know we’ve got to find a way
To bring some understanding here today
Oh

Picket lines and picket signs
Don’t punish me with brutality
Talk to me
So you can see
What’s going on
Ya, what’s going on
Tell me what’s going on
I’ll tell you what’s going on – Uh
Right on baby
Right on baby

There is an opportunity for us to begin having healthy conversations with diverse people around race.  We can’t fix the problem if we can’t even talk about it.

We can’t fix the problem, if we can’t even see others as uniquely created human beings deserving of the treatment granted to all humans.

We can’t fix the problem, if we can’t acknowledge our collective histories.

Come and participate in The Unity Process and let’s turn this around.  Let’s talk and see what’s going on.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. susan cantrell holloway
    Oct 28, 2017 @ 18:51:48

    I always cry when I hear Marvin Gaye sing “What’s Going On?”. Today, I cried even without the music. Favorite lines this time: ” talk to me so you can see what’s going” on”. We don’t seem to care much about talking to each other as though our hearts and minds might be changed by something the other person says. Hence the need for Unity Process! It’s going to take a whole lot of intentionality.

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  2. Ann Fields
    Nov 05, 2017 @ 13:49:08

    Released in the ’70s, but still as valid today. We need more people to stop, say what’s going on?, and then sit down for some real education. One on one or in groups…it’s time to talk and then act in the name of love.

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