Monthly Archives: May 2020

Fear Not Those Who Steal From The Lord

On this Pentecost Sunday let us remember that Derek Chauvin stole from George Floyd, who called out he can’t breath as he lay dying othe street, what was not his to take, the breath of God. As it is written in Job 33:4:

The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

As a people we must demand that Derek Chauvin meets his earthly justice. But as a people we must not fear him or his kind for their everlasting justice awaits them. As it is written in Matthew 10:28:

And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

Where racial injustice is so inherent…

A society where racial injustice is so inherent its very existence is denied by many.

Where it is frowned upon to even discuss it for fear of making some feel uncomfortable.

Where the oppressed are expected to work for change with-in a system built to subjugate them. Is a society that must be made uncomfortable by those that are oppressed.

It is a society that must be forced to deal with the deep-seated problem that is a scar on its very existence.

Until that day the injustice perpetuated on the oppressed may ebb and flow but it will never truly cast out of that society’s very heart, forever lurking around the next corner.

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What I Don’t Like

I don’t like:
Seeing people getting hurt
Seeing innocent business owners watched their life’s work destroyed
Seeing a movement being marred by the actions of those who loot and riot only to enrich themselves or push the narrative in a negative direction for their own depraved political gain

I also don’t like
Open season on African-Americans
Killers who mar the good name of most police officers by masquerading as them
Racism
Bigotry

But what I don’t like most of all is a President who does not speak to America but instead hides behind twitter using the tragedy of George Floyd and the subsequent unrest it has sparked to post tweets designed to spread division hate & racism. Tweets designed to motivate his base to harken back to a time when they felt America was Great. A time when “vicious” dogs were unleashed on protesters of racial inequality. Tweets designed to try and keep him in power so he can continue to “loot” this country of its morality and enrich himself.

They Don’t Really Care About Us

He did it knowing he was being filmed but he didn’t care because he didn’t think the black man under his knee was a man but an animal.

Three accessories to murder masquerading as police officers watched and not once did one of them think I should stop this because they didn’t think the black man who couldn’t breath was a man but an animal.

They met the protesters with tear gas, mace and rubber bullets because they didn’t think they were men and women but animals.

They didn’t charge him with 1st degree murder because they don’t believe the life he took was that of a man but of an animal.

Wait…I’m wrong because a dog is an animal and they care more about a dog’s life than the lives of African Americans.

Because they don’t really care about us.

The Seeds of Anger

I’m one who believes that non-violent civil unrest is the preferred course of action but  there can be no denying that when one refuses to allow everyone to drink from the trees of equality, justice and freedom they plant the seeds of anger, resentment and revolution

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I’m Tired

As an African American

I am tired of seeing this play out over and over again.

I’m tired of the apologists for police brutality.

I’m tired of African American parents having to have conversations with their children about the dangers of simply being African American.

I’m tired of being told not to get angry about it.

I’m tired of having my patriotism questioned when I do.

I’m tIred of the so called liberals who join in on the hashtags and claim to be outraged but sit in silence on the topic of race and social injustice when they get around each other.

I’m tired

It’s Time for America to Overcome

I have seen many people today including African Americans, denouncing the protests/riots in Minneapolis especially the looting of the Target and while I am a proponent of non-violence it is rather difficult to expect that after centuries of oppression and the senseless killing of our people African Americans are expected to continue to peacefully march and sing we shall overcome.

We will overcome?

We already have overcome:
Our culture being stripped from us
The lost of our ancestral history
Slavery
Lynchings
Jim Crow

We are still battling
Economic injustice
Socialinjustice but we have not let it destroy us as a people

Now is the time for America to overcome its
Racism and Bigotry

Only then will America truly be the country it gave lip service to when it was founded. One where all people are created equal.

Even the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. understood there was a time when a peaceful non-violent protest was not always going to bring about the necessary change.

https://timeline.com/by-the-end-of-his-life-martin-luther-king-realized-the-validity-of-violence-4de177a8c87b

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Ignorance and selfishness is indivisible,

Target employee has arm broken for asking a customer to wear a mask

Supermarket workers physically assaulted for asking customers to wear a mask

Health care workers threatened and called communist for supporting the wearing of masks

State Governors receiving death threats for trying to protect their constituents with stay at home orders

To paraphrase the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Ignorance and selfishness is indivisible, ignorance and selfishness anywhere is a threat to intelligence and community everywhere

The character and conduct of a nation’s leaders

In many of the open America protest it is not unusual to see signs saying or paraphrasing the familiar refrain:

“Give me liberty or give me death”

But what many in this country have forgotten is liberty is not something granted to us at birth. Nor is it something that is maintained without a willingness to acquire the knowledge required to see the true character of its leaders and to use that knowledge to hold them to a standard of accountability that is high, if not higher than they would hold themselves.

It is true that even when the people have a desire to inform and educate themselves on the issues that impact their daily lives, an individual of poor character thrust into a position of leadership who lacks integrity and accountability and whose vision is only the advancement of their own selfish agenda can through lies and misinformation blind the masses to the truth and in the process withhold the very liberty they seek to maintain

Unfortunately, America today has allowed the polarization of our country along political lines to supersede the thirst for knowledge. It has become all too easy for many of America’s so called “leaders” to manipulate the masses. To have them bend to their will wrongly believing that these leaders act in their best interest.

The open America protest is one such example. Through a campaign of misinformation and lies leadership at the highest levels they have been led to believe that the very measures implemented to protect them, is in fact an infringement on their liberty. They rally around the very leaders who perpetrate the misinformation to advance their own economic and political agendas.

The dangers of not acquiring the knowledge required to identify the character of one’s leaders is not a new concept. John Adams warned us of it in 1765 when he said.

Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right, from the frame of nature, to knowledge, as their great Creator, who does nothing in van, has given them understanding and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to the most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean, of the characters and conduct of their rulers.

We should heed his words for it would be foolhardy to believe the concept of America is forever. Lest we forget that the history of world shows our country is but a baby. One that will never get the chance to fully mature unless we cast aside our differences, stop allowing the few to manipulate the many and come to value knowledge needed to educate ourselves on those would be leaders of questionable character.

America’s weak link in our battle against the Coronavirus

In the movie 300 King Leonidas explained the success of the Spartan army:

We fight as a single, impenetrable unit.  That is the source of our strength. Each Spartan protects the man to his left from thigh to neck with his shield.  A single weak spot and the phalanx shatters.

That is a lesson seemingly lost on many Americans today as we face adversity unlike anything we have seen, the Coronavirus.  Somehow, we have managed to politicize a medical pandemic turning it into a political statement.  The decision by many governors to require the use of masks, a scientifically proven way of decreasing your chances even if you are asymptotic of infecting someone else, has become a symbol by many on the right as a sign of government overreach. Shelter in place orders have served as the impetus for groups of heavily armed individuals threatening lawmakers in actions that can only be described as terrorism. Doctors and nurses who are on the front lines saving lives stand in defiance to individuals protesting and refusing to wear masks or socially distance are called traitors. The majority of those protesting appear not to be doing so because they are in need of getting back to work, but because they have never known true oppression, they have confused shelter in place orders, designed to slow the spread of the virus and protect American lives, with oppression.  When the reality is it is simply a matter of inconvenience to their daily routine such as going to the bar or getting their morning latte from Starbucks. They believe the sacrifice they are being asked to temporarily endure, for not only their good but the good of their fellow American, is a mission simply too difficult. This is the exact opposite of the United States Army 1st Infantry division, the oldest continuously serving the regular Army, whose motto is:

No Mission Too Difficult. No Sacrifice Too Great. Duty First!

These individuals have no sense of sacrifice or duty they are America’s weak spot and it is because of them that our fight against this virus could shatter.

As troubling as that is more the most troubling aspect is America’s lack of leadership in both government and business. Government officials and CEOs of big business shout America must reopen.  They do this without any concern about the safety of the people they tell to return to life as normal. No, they do it in hope that it will bolster their re-election chances or increase their business’s profit and they do it without taking any risk themselves. I believe conservative economist Thomas Sowell, whose views I rarely agree with, said it best when he said:

It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.

America believes to be the moral compass of the world, yet it has allowed itself to act in a selfish manner where the lives of their fellow Americans matter less than their own selfish agendas. Where’s the morality in that?