Evil will not Win!!!
HOUSTON-The strong message being sent from the streets in the Black community after the killing of Harris County Sheriff Deputy Darren Goforth is “Evil Will Not Win.”
Unity and compassion were the theme of a special gathering and fund raising effort for the Goforth's widow and children.
Led by Quanell X, leader of the New Black Panther Nation & New Black Muslims and The Community of Faith Bishop James W.E. Dixon II, a group of community leaders and volunteers supported by Harris County Sheriff's Office and County Constables lined Highway 288 and Southmore Streets in Houston over the weekend collecting donations for the Goforth family.
According to Quannel X and Pastor Dixon, this is ground zero to spark a new movement against hostility, brutality and violence and leaders hope will spread far and wide from Houston into every community across the nation.
“We want people to know that all of us don't hate police officers,” Minister Quannel X said.“We have come together to help. We are unified and are doing the right thing.”
Deputy Darren Goforth who was fatally shot during an ambush at a Cypress gas station on August 28th.
Goforth was shot 15 times while he was pumping gas into his vehicle.
According to Quannel X. the crime was a cold blooded execution of a defenseless man and misrepresents all Black men and women in the community.
“Our effort supports and is about human life. He was a good man and we do care about his family,”Quannel X said. “We want her (Goforth's widow) to know that Black community leaders, pastors, churches are praying for the family and we hope efforts like this show tangible support for them”
Both said unity is necessary because it has boiled over into a national problem spreading throughout the United States.
“There is no division among us,” Dixon said. “We are united in understanding this pain and in caring for people. We want to be the point of action on this because “Love is What Love Does”.”
President Obama is yet to address the nation about the tragedies and senseless acts of violence against police and citizens or lead the nation with a strong call to the nation for peace and calm.
So far, in addition to Goforth's death, just last week, polices officers have been attacked or killed in Chicago and now Las Vegas. With this trend of policemen being shot at, ambushed or murdered in cold blood and citizens suffering injustices at the hands of some bad cops who decided to take the law into their own hands – it is time for the community to stand up – something both see as the answer to stopping the senseless killings.
Dixon said he specifically sees the tragedy as a historical turning point from business as usual religion and politics going on in today's society.
“This is not a Muslim thing or a Christian thing or a Black or White thing. At the end of the day, we are neither Democrat, Republican, Liberal or Conservative, rich or poor. We are human, God's children and brothers and sisters,” Dixon said. “I am optimistic that from the “streets” to the high end “suites”, this will be the bridge being constructed that will bring all people together and unify this city and all our communities.”
He said prior to deputy's shooting relationships between ethnic and religious communities were somewhat superficial, but the brutal nature of his slaying has opened eyes about the need to make serious commitments to life, liberty and forging relationships that make a difference.
“We are at a turning point and have something important to say,” he said. “Love is more powerful than hate and I do predict God's people will stand up this time, make their voices heard and do something. This is only the beginning. Change is over the horizon.”
All money collected at the fundraiser was donated to Deputy Goforth’s family for the future education of his children.
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