To the real friends and family of Milton Hall I wish to express my deepest sympathies to you. This tragedy needs some answers and a time of healing.
July 2, 2012 Milton Hall was shot to death in Saginaw, MI. It has been on national news since. Reports say Mr. Hall was acting aggressively and wielded a knife. Mr. Hall was known to have a record of aggressiveness and mental illness and was homeless. Police from various departments shot 46 rounds at Mr. Hall striking him 6 times and ultimately killing him.
The media circus began instantly. Outrage and community concern. Police brutality opinions were voiced and television and news agencies blasted stories about this tragedy. Family, friends and his church officials were crawling out of the wood work demanding answers and accountability.
This leads me to the big question. You know the big question? This is addressed to Mr. Hall’s “loving family, friends and church officials”. Where were you? Where were you when Milton needed you most?
I am not talking about when he was shot. I am asking where were you in his life? He was aggressive, mentally ill and homeless. Where were you? You loved him and cared for him so much that you were helping him with his behavior and mental issues? Nope. You loved and cared for him so much you gave him shelter and a home? Nope.
To my children, you don’t have to worry. I won’t love you so much that I let mental illness lead you astray. I won’t love you so much that I will let you be homeless and lost. Our love is real and not for show or publicity as is our faith.
Mr. Hall’s mother is considering a lawsuit. Imagine that. ”Milton” I can hear her say, “I love you so much that I won’t help you but I will act sorrowfully after your death and try to cash in on the publicity”. Yup, I love you so much….when there are dollar signs.
Let’s not forget Jesse. Rev. Jesse Jackson is coming to join the circus. Perfect, would it be complete without him? Another media spotlight stealer who will come in with camera’s rolling and demand justice. Uh, Jesse…we are already demanding justice, you can go home now to your church, does he have a church, and what is he a Rev. of?
Rest in Peace Mr. Hall.