Love is often seen as a gentle force, a personal emotion that binds individuals together. Yet, when channeled with purpose and intent, it can become a powerful tool for positive change. Barnett Balthazar, a man I hold in the highest regard, exemplified the concept of love activism. Despite his physical dissimilarity to my biological brother Ike, Barnett’s impact on my life mirrored the profound influence Ike had.
If he wanted, he could have passed for White. Standing at 5’8″, light-skinned, and possessing straight hair, Barnett defied conventional notions of similarity. However, beneath these superficial differences, he and Ike were spiritual twins, united by the principles of family, love, teamwork, responsibility, and unconditional care that they inherited from our fathers.