Tonight, as I type these words, I’m keeping an eye on the fresh batch of rioting, looting and other lawlessness going on in Ferguson, MO on the one year anniversary of the attack on Officer Darren Wilson. In doing so, this picture came across one of my newsfeeds:
My eyes were drawn to the sign that states “Racism is Destroying AmeriKKKa” juxtaposed next to shirts bearing the image of assailant Mike Brown and the words “Chosen 4 Change”. As I stared at this picture trying to make sense of its inherent contradictions, my mind was stirred to remember some words (ironically) from our nation’s first black President:
There is not a liberal America and a conservative America-there is the United States of America. There is not a Black America and a White America and Latino America and Asian America-there’s the United States of America. -President Barack Hussein Obama, 2004 Democratic National Convention Keynote Address
Perhaps President Obama couldn’t deliver the hope and change he promised, or perhaps this is exactly the type of change and sense of hope he wanted to foster. While I won’t presume to know his true intentions, here’s what we do know about that event one year ago:
Officer Wilson did not choose his race. Officer Wilson did not choose how many black officers or white officers the City of Ferguson hired. Officer Wilson did not choose to encounter a robbery suspect the day of the shooting. Officer Wilson did not choose that Michael Brown was black. Officer Wilson did not choose that a struggle would ensue with a black man. Officer Wilson swore to protect and serve the people of Ferguson from those who would rob others, just as Michael Brown was captured on video doing minutes before his deadly encounter with Wilson.
For that matter, Michael Brown didn’t choose to be black. But Michael Brown did choose how he responded to authority that fateful day. Michael Brown did choose what type of actions he would engage in prior to this shooting; and these things are indisputable.
The fact remains that racism is one of the things being used to destroy America, but the source isn’t that which Ferguson looters and rioters believe is at work nor is it the type many of our elected officials would have us to think true. No, the type of racism being perpetuated is one that capitalizes on the weak minded who feed on false information. It’s racism alright, but it’s perpetuated by both blacks and whites as they use the black race as pawns in their game; only helping a select few in their positions of power or influence while leaving countless people in poor urban areas to suffer for it. Oh yes, racism is real, it’s just not coming from the groups we’re told to blame: that part’s a lie. Simply put, you cannot blame an entire people group or group of people for racism while condemning them for doing the same thing. Hypocrisy is no less dangerous than racism and certainly provides no way forward.
Ferguson is experiencing more gunfire tonight due to their perceived racism while those they’ve chosen to put in power fund a system which was designed to eliminate the black race through ethnic cleansing. There are riots over one black man that attempted to disarm a police officer and lost his life when on average, 1,876 black babies are aborted every day in the United States. In fact, the founder of the now exposed Planned Parenthood had the extermination of the black population as a stated goal.
Ferguson’s stores are being looted again tonight while the so-called Rev. Al Sharpton counts his net worth of an estimated $500,000,000.00.
Ferguson is embodying violence tonight over one white man justifiably killing one black man a year ago, meanwhile so far this year in Chicago alone, there have been approximately 223 black victims of homicide from mostly black assailants. Apparently, #blacklivesmatter unless it’s blacks killing other blacks while a select few other white and black folk tell them their criminal behavior is someone else’s fault. Yes, vote for them–they will help you, they say; they will bring hope and change; “Black teen gunned down” from behind a microphone disguised in the idea that skin color isn’t supposed to matter; and the cycle continues.
The kind of racism killing America is one in which the distorted view of a minority are perpetuated as factual and those in power who may benefit from it ferret around in their bag of tricks that they can recycle and fool those looking for a reason to hold on to hate.
These brief thoughts aren’t meant to be technical; they are not meant to accomplish hurling another rock in a pointless exchange; they are meant as a way to work at getting to the truth–at the heart of a matter.
I wonder if the even marginally rational (yet still mislead) protesters in Ferguson even wonder where Al Sharpton is tonight? Do they not realized that they have been used and left to fend for themselves in the mess they created? Do they not see it was all a ruse to begin with? Do they not see that while believing Mike Brown to be innocent (despite every possible fact to the contrary) their behavior tonight has already led to more violence and possible death? A wise man once wrote:
As a dog returns to his own vomit,
So a fool repeats his folly.
So, blame it on Officer Wilson or “the Cops” in general; blame it on a Confederate Flag (with which both black and white leaders walked in and out of government buildings past for decades in peace); blame it on the institutions of generations ago; but if you blame it on these things you’re throwing darts at the wrong board.
With all of this pouring from my head, I’m not looking to rally a bunch of people to shout out “I told you so” to those with ears that will even listen. You know what’s more powerful than “I told you so”? It’s “I forgive you” even to those who have maligned you. “I told you so” won’t change anything, but “I forgive you” can change everything, because you don’t have to sacrifice the truth for it. You don’t have to lower yourself to the level of your enemies to say it; and you will serve and protect with the greatest of dignity in meaning it.