On this day, April 28, in 1992, the Bloods and the Crips, rival gangs in Los Angeles, declared a truce.
This was the day before the riots started in response to the not guilty verdict in the trial of police accused of beating Rodney King.
This is not written about what is happening now in Baltimore, or these days around the country. This post is not about police violence or the violence in communities that leads to police violence.
This post is about peace. Or at least truce. The Bloods and the Crips can lay down their arms, their hatred, their distrust, their contradictory narratives of who is a fault or who is right and who is wrong.
They could stop fighting each other. They could, and did, stop killing each other.
It makes me wonder. Ooh, it makes me wonder.
Can Tea Partiers and Progressives stop fighting each other?
Can Republicans and Democrats stop fighting each other?
Can Sunni and Shia stop fighting each other?
Can evangelical Christians and progressive Christians stop fighting each other?
Can opposing factions in The United Methodist Church stop fighting each other?
Let’s see if we can learn this simple lesson from history: that on April 28, 1992, the Bloods and the Crips stopped fighting.