Do you remember the day you lost your innocence? Do you remember the first time you turned on the tv and saw an attack? Do you remember when you found out that the world can be such a cruel place full of violence and destruction? Last month an attack was made in Manchester, and tonight two attacks were made in London. One on London Bridge and one in Borough market the attacks on London Bridge and Borough Market was terrorist attacks. In Manchester, it was a bomb, and in London, it was people trying to stab other people. How many people has to die because of these rogue attacks? How many people has to lose their loved ones? These terrorists just come into any country that they please and kill whomever because it’s convenient for them. So many people experience the pain of loss. And it is not just those affected in the area, it’s the entire world that feels the pain as well. The pain of losing a sibling, a parent, a child, or even a friend. The will terrorist break you down, and when you start to pick up again, they will break you again. They break your family, they break your heart, they break your spirit. But the one thing they cannot break is your hope. Hope that one day this world will get better. Hope that all the pain, terror, and destruction will stop. Because what makes us human is hope and compassion. If you don’t have either of those, you don’t have anything. So keep fighting England, myself and the whole world is behind you.
Many people see us Southerners as the inferior part of the United States. The South is home to many different cultures. Some of us have Cajun roots, some have Native American roots, some are Irish, British, Hispanic, African American, and French, the list goes on and on. One of the many things that I admire about New Orleans is that they have taken all of these roots and made a culture of their own. What people fail to realize is we are all neighbors, but we are so different in our own way. But when tragedy strikes one of us those differences disappear. How are we different? To some of you, we all think and sound the same. When one bad apple gets out of line and does something completely idiotic not only is that one person blamed but it gets taken out on the whole south. For instance if someone gets shot in let’s just say Mississippi everyone is like, if those southerners didn’t have firearms, this wouldn’t happen. Guns don’t kill if you take away guns people are gonna find other ways to kill each other. There are knives what are you gonna do force everyone to have butter knives. Kind of like last night someone was involved in a possible ax murder. What are you gonna do take away axes? People need something to blame, and unfortunately, firearms are on that list. Another thing I admire about New Orleans is they celebrate someone’s life. In Alabama, there is a visitation, a funeral, and then the burial. In Georgia, they eat at funerals. Even the way we deal with death is different. But it’s up to you to carry that person with you keep them alive in your heart. These small differences are what makes us the same. We all love, and we all grieve.