According to Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle / USA Today reporter Stephanie Ingersoll, a Tennessee Judge Wayne Shelton exclaimed, “Black men are more dangerous to other black men than white Klansman ever were.” While presiding over the preliminary hearing of Vincent Bryan Merriweather on Thursday, January 3rd, according to reporter Ingersoll, Judge Shelton went on to say that he is “sick and disheartened by what he sees as a lack of respect for human life, especially among young black men willing to shoot at one another for little or no reason.”
Apparently this isn’t the first time Judge Shelton has made a statement like this. In his own words, Judge Shelton expressed that he has been saying that “black lives matter” for years. Whether one feels that Judge Shelton’s statement about Klansmen and black-on-black violence is correct, the sentiment behind his statement should resonate with all readers who are hopeful to live in a better society. The principle of treating others as one would wish to be treated (the Golden Rule) should apply for all people. Therefore, it does matter if one is a Klansman harming through hatred or an antagonist who wishes to do harm to another human being; they are causing pain against humanity. For we are all God’s children, so let us live to facilitate love and respect for all people and as much as it is possible, live at peace with everyone.