I know you never asked to be a role model. Still, like countless others, I grew up wanting to be just like you.
In my humble opinion, your one-of-a-kind musical genius always took a backseat to your fearlessness. You never seemed to care about anyone’s opinion of you or what you did.
It was always evident that your attitude is what powered the incredible music you made and your determination is what propelled you into the leadership role you never wanted.
Whether you liked it or not, witnessing your journey empowered myself & so many others to pursue our own dreams regardless of the repercussions. For that I am forever grateful.
Though throughout the years I rarely agreed with you on many levels, I would wholeheartedly confess that I have always been your biggest fan.
For me, it was never about your content or opinions. It was always about your heart and art that flowed from within.
It was inspiring how you continually found ways to turn your flaws into strengths & terrible situations into beautiful victories.
You were always a fighter. That was what I admired about you the most.
It was always evident that you have been through a lot of turmoil in your life. Your musical talent brought us all on an intimate journey through some of your darkest days.
I would regularly pray for you.
When the time came, it brightened my heart to see you make it through those dark days and come out of the other side – ready to use your influence for good.
I was your biggest fan through it all, but last night was a wake up call.
After reflecting on your latest cypher, it breaks my heart to say I am truly disappointed.
Your light is too bright and your stage is too big to be so irresponsible with your words.
I listened respectfully to your opinion throughout – and the problem was that by the end it was evident you weren’t prepared to do the same in return.
In a fragile time like this, your divisive words have never been more unwelcome.
Instead of aiming to bring people together, you use your incredible God given gifts to drive them apart.
Marshall, the world is not black & white. There are shades of grey where opinions and resolutions overlap and beautiful colors resonate everywhere else.
One day you will see it.
That day will come when you realize that with the all the blessings come all the responsibilities.
There is no greater responsibility than being able to change hearts.
You should lift people up – encourage them and want to see them succeed.
You are always entitled to your opinion but the truth is this – whether we voted for him or not, he is our President.
A wise man once told me that our true character only comes out when things don’t go our way.
How do you consistently respond in situations like that?
To resolve a terrible situation, Jesus once said,
Whoever is without sin among you, let him be the first to cast a stone.
Marshall, you are far from perfect but continue to throw stones.
Though my respect for you has always been unwavering, it came to a sudden & abrupt end when you forced me and millions of others to choose sides or confessed you would decide for us.
I will never be against you, but right now, at this pivotal time I cannot be for you.
I will not support darkness. I refuse to be part of the problem.
I will however, commit myself again and again to being part of the solution.
The solution is shining more light into dark places. The solution is continually showing love instead of hate.
In conclusion, I was truly your biggest fan. It has always broken my heart to see you push people away.
Now you have done it to me.
For someone who demands so much respect – I find it strange that you are always the last to give it.
Needless to say, I will continue to pray for you and the day finally decide to use your talents for good. I yearn for the time you learn to treat others the way you so desperately want to be treated.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Martin Luther King, Jr.