MERIDIAN — Shame on you Meridian Star
It’s a sad day when the front page of your local paper brings you to tears and makes you have a knot in the pit of your stomach. This is how I felt when I saw what was published in your paper. Shame on you.
I had already heard from a family member of an officer that stated how devastating the last few days’ events had been for him and other officers. Shame on you. And now, they and the whole community have to look at this picture of a 19 year old young man breathing his last few breathes here on this earth!
What about Emmanuel Wooten’s family? Now the family has to see this picture as a last remembrance of their loved one. Shame on you. I will be haunted for days, weeks, months; perhaps indefinitely of the expression on this human beings face as the life leaves his body … wondering what was he seeing? His creator, the devil himself, a bright light of heaven, or the torments of hell.
Did he have a chance to say to his Heavenly Father, “My Lord and my God please forgive me? We will never know. But what we do know is he was some mother’s son. He was part of God’s creation. He was only a child. How sad indeed.
My heart aches for the people he has hurt … for the young 10 year old girl who struggles for her life in a Jackson hospital … for the authorities who sought to capture this criminal … for all those who were effected over these last few days … for the girlfriend he left behind … for his family. How sad indeed. We can now only hope and pray that his soul rests with God.
The editor’s note read, “We realize the photo at top will be disturbing to some readers and we debated if we should run it or not, in the end we chose to do so because we felt the photo accurately reflects an unfortunate news event as it unfolded.” Perhaps the reason you debated it was because of your “conscious.” Conscious: capable of thought, will or perception. You had a conscious but chose to go against it. Why didn’t you use it? I ask what good did it do to print this picture? Shame on you.
A quote that is often attributed to John Wesley, the founder of Methodism is, “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.”
This is a quote that I often think of when I am trying to make a decision in my life. Perhaps it could be a motto for all of us to live out in our lives. Think about it, you knew the photo would be disturbing but used it anyway. Please, next time, listen to your conscious. It may be God trying to tell you something.
To all of those affected by this event and others events like it, know that there are people thinking and praying for you and our community.
Rev. Pam Randall, pastor of Sageville and Wesley United Methodist Churches, Meridian