Who was Eric Garner?

Who was Eric Garner?

It doesn’t matter whether you live in New York or Missouri,
Whether you’re “black” or “white,”
Whether you’re Conservative or Liberal…

When you hear a man say, I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe,
you feel compassion.

And in your compassion, there is some space, even the tiniest of spaces, that says:

Something is wrong here.

When you watch him die–there on the sidewalk, outside a convenience store, while a friend films the scene, it doesn’t matter whether you saw him as a man or a black or a father or a criminal–you feel grief.

And in that grief, in the space that comes before pointing fingers and assigning blame, you hear:

There’s another way.

Together, we must find it.

Because really it doesn’t matter who we think Eric Garner is, it matters who we are.

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