It was one of those questions that people either do not have an answer for, or refuse to share their answers because of their fear of what may happen. And so the person or child is brushed off and sent somewhere else to seek answers. Either way, options are few.
We can (again) brush them off, which effectively sentences them to a life of giving the right questions to the right answers from the wrong places. We can make a nice, polite joke about how the person asking those questions is really growing in to manhood or womanhood. Or , we can create another generation of people who have to experiment in order to get a respectable answer to a challenging question.
I did not take either route. I promised my kids that they could ask me any question, and that I would answer them. There were no age limits or gamesmanship. My response to his question: Why do you ask?
he said to me……dad another murder turned acquittal has taken place, and people were in the streets sharing their concerns. He went on to say: They keep on saying that these men were found innocent of murder. But dad, the people in question were guilty of murder because they shot someone. How can a picture with their face and their gun “not ” be a smoking gun?? How can that be right?
I sighed, and my head fell faster than a roller coaster. We are working hard to find cures for cancer and other illnesses that were once thought to be incurable. But still we cannot find a way to bring the races together without it being for a fight or a debate.
I don’t have an answer , son .I don’t have an answer.