Those “in the know,” understand that the insertion of racism into any scenario spirals that scenario into an abyss of emotional mayhem.
Whether or not racism had been a factor in the events which unfolded during Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson’s encounter with Michael Brown on the afternoon of Aug. 9 matters little.
If that perception of racism exists, the perception alone is a threat to public peace.
For the past couple of months, I’ve sat and watched the news coverage of Ferguson.
This debacle brought the same civil unrest in the black community as the trial of “white” Hispanic George Zimmerman did; the man accused of murdering “unarmed” “black” teen Trayvon Martin in 2012—the media’s emphasis.
And, just as it did during the George Zimmerman trial, the mainstream media played a huge role in heightening the racial tension already present between law enforcement and the black community in Ferguson.
The charge of racism immediately changed the event from a question, “Was police officer Darren Wilson justified in his actions?” to a conclusion, “Racist White cop murders unarmed black teen.”
From the moment race had been injected in to the situation, the facts surrounding the case no longer mattered.
The officer had been found guilty in the court of public opinion, no matter what the evidence suggested.
One thing is for certain, if Michael Brown had been white, few of us would have known who Brown was.
If Michael Brown had been white, the question would have remained, “Was police officer Darren Wilson justified in his actions?”
The Black Community
In black communities all over this nation, countless black teens have died daily at the hands of other blacks.
And, oftentimes, no witnesses have come forward to speak out against the criminals involved in these crimes, leaving no persons to prosecute.
There has sometimes been little to no neighborhood cooperation with police investigations, and there has been a “no snitching,” street code to which people strictly adhere.
Blacks have often turned a blind eye, harbored and abetted, and in some cases glorified the “street killers” among them.
Yet, there have been no rallies, no marches, no Jesse, no Sharpton, no NAACP, no outrage.
No “Justice for Mike Brown,” or “I am Trayvon Martin” mantras, only silence.
It seems, when a black man kills another black man, there has been no moral indignation.
Michael Brown the Martyr
This has led me to conclude that what happened in Ferguson really had nothing to do with Officer Wilson, or Michael Brown, at all.
If it had, facts would matter, but, apparently, they don’t.
In this particular instance, Officer Wilson has seemed to be an offense because he is a white cop, and because there seems to have been a concerted effort by the media, et al, to push a radical agenda that will eventually lead to a race war.
As a result, Wilson has been dubbed every racist white cop, and Brown –a martyr—in this war for racial justice.
After the death of Trayvon Martin, Rev. Jesse Jackson had been quoted as saying, “Trayvon Martin is a martyr. . . Martyr’s have power.”
“He represents us all . . . How do we go from a moment to a movement that creates fundamental change? If it’s a moment, we go home. If it’s a movement, we go to war. Movements are made of serious substance. … There is power in the blood of the innocent.”
In effect, the powers that be have snatched Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown from the reality, and facts, surrounding the lives they once lived, and christened them as martyrs for the cause.
This is why black people will protest, and even riot, in the name of justice for Martin and Brown, in cities far away, but have been silent when black people have been murdered in much greater numbers in their own backyards.
As a result, it is evident that black on black crime has created only moments, not movements.
Black Leaders Speak Out
Jesse has called for war, but like other race baiting liberal operatives with an agenda, he will likely suffer no injuries in this war.
There will be no sacrifice for him.
He will be shielded by political power and privilege, and has probably been paid considerably well by his political party to create racial strife, keeping black people angry.
If Jesse truly had been concerned about racial profiling, racist cops, unlawful searches, and black teens being killed by white cops, he would have discouraged blacks from becoming confrontational with police, and encouraged them to join the police force.
What greater way to ensure people will be treated justly at the hands of police officers than by being a police officer who treats all men fairly?
As of late, random acts of violence and terror against whites have been on the rise.
If black, so-called leaders truly have been concerned about justice, why have they not condemned this evil done to others?
It’s the same evil they claim has been done to them; this evil that only stands to substantiate the racial stereotypes that black men are violent animals.
These wicked acts have been among the greatest tools for white supremacy groups to recruit people to their causes.
If black, so-called leaders have truly been concerned about justice, why have they not called for an end to the black-on-black violence with the same zeal as they do white-on-black violence?
With over 90 percent of black men killed being killed by other black men, we appear hypocritical when we decry white-on-black violence, but close our eyes to the black-on-black violence within the bounds of our communities.
How Do We Combat Racism?
I will never deny that racism exists.
It is alive and well, and has been since near the beginning of human history.
Yet, should we combat racism by inciting division, violence, and hate?
Should we allow politicians, and race-baiters, to profit from stirring fear and distrust among the races?
Should we reckon racism as political, when it is spiritual?
Those of us who know God, understand true peace will not be wrought through human effort.
The Bible has taught us that nation, or races, will rise up against nation.
Things will get worse.
Wickedness will increase.
Racial strife will intensify.
But, we should not lose hope.
As believers, we have been given a mandate to lead the charge against racism in a way which will bring people into the Kingdom of God.
We hold the answers, and have the moral authority, to speak to the root of the problem, which is sin.
“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.” We are to implore others on Christ’s behalf to “Be reconciled to God.” Because, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” ~ 2 Corinthians 5:11-21.
So, I say again, racism has been a spiritual matter which cannot be remedied solely through human effort.
I pray that Christians everywhere will obey Christ’s command to, “love your neighbor as yourself,” and teach others to do the same.
If we have been standing on the side of right, our conscience will lead us to fight injustice; not by promoting hate, but by demonstrating love and respect for all people.
The abolitionists stood on the side of right; civil rights leaders stood on the side of right; and all who stand against injustice, stand on the side of right.
Even so, racism remains.
If we claim to hate racism, and its destructive fruits, we should seek not only to right wrongs through human effort, but attack the “ism” problems (racism, sexism, classism, etc.) at their roots, through the ministry of reconciliation.
We need to be reconciled unto God, through Jesus Christ, so that we can see people as God sees them.
In Jesus Christ there is no partiality.