As a white guy passing out flyers in a black neighborhood (Nashville’s McFerrin Park Neighborhood that has been known for drugs and violence) after the verdict of the George Zimmerman trial, I thought about Trayvon Martin. As I put flyers on people’s doors, about a Viktory (Christian rap artist) concert coming to The Salvation Army Berry Street; I thought about how no one followed me, suspected me of wrong doing, harassed me, or was even unkind to me. In fact, everybody I saw was very friendly and open to me. Would the reverse be true?
Someone asked me if I was wearing a hoodie. But it was over 90 degrees and I was soaked in sweat.
However, that question reminded me about my “I’ll Fight” hoodie. It features The Salvation Army “Blood & Fire” Crest on the left-hand side and this aggressive quote by William Booth on the right-hand side:
“While women weep, as they do now, I’ll fight. While little children go hungry, as they do now, I’ll fight. While men go to prison, in and out, in and out, as they do now, I’ll fight. While there is a drunkard left, while there is a poor lost girl upon the streets, while there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I’ll fight — I’ll fight to the very end!”