How was it that Donald Trump, when all the exit polls showed otherwise, was able to capture the Presidency of the United States?
One of the great aspects of American society is the right to free speech. No matter how hateful and divisive it is. No matter how vile you may take the message to be it is the right of every individual or group to freely voice their opinion.
This weekend exactly one year after Unite the Right, the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, many of the same white-nationalist, paramilitary, and other right-wing groups are planning once again to come together once again — this time, in Washington, D.C.
In many ways it is a good thing that these groups are permitted to use their first amendment right to hold these rallies as it sheds light on the vile, dangerous and disgusting message of division and hate they preach. A spotlight for the rest of America to witness and be repulsed by, hopefully forcing them to admit there is a cancer in America that needs to be removed. Discussions about about race and social inequalities can not be swept under the rug any longer but must be confronted head on if we are ever going to move forward as a nation.
These rallies also shines a light on the sins of those individuals who preach hate. The majority of them who call themselves Christians but deny the undeniable, we are all one created in the image of our Lord.
27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. – Genesis 1:27
They presuppose that they are greater than the Lord they claim to worship. That they have the right to determine which of the Lord’s children are worthy and which are not. A direct rejection of the Lord’s commandment to us. As is written in John 13:34:
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another
The Lord created each of us in His image He loves each of us unconditionally He does not play favorites based on the color of our skin or our religious beliefs.
26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. – Galatians 3:26-29
Since the beginning it has been the Lord’s desire for us to live together in peace an unity.
1 How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! – Psalms 133:1
And He warned us to avoid those who would speak differently!
17. Now I make one more appeal, my dear brothers and sisters. Watch out for people who cause divisions and upset people’s faith by teaching things contrary to what you have been taught. Stay away from them. 18. Such people are not serving Christ our Lord; they are serving their own personal interests. By smooth talk and glowing words they deceive innocent people. – Romans 16:17-18
So this weekend let us stand at a distance watch and expose to the world those with malice in their hearts, sinners against the Lord.
Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them. – Ephesians 5:11
But as with all things with the Lord reject their beliefs but be prepared to forgive those among them who repent their sins and ask for help in finding their way back onto pthe path of spirituality.
Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. – Galatians 6:1
I have grown tired of the endless back and forth. I have grown tired of having to defend my right to shine a spotlight on the killing of Men of Color without also having to prove I’m not anti-police. I have grown tired of certain segments of society telling me to stay quiet, to not protest, to not interrupt their day to day activities, to simply turn the other cheek and move forward. Yet here I am again today watching the news and there it is predictable as can be, individuals like Sean Hannity and Rudy Giuliani using the tragic events of Dallas to denounce Black Lives Matter. Here I am again today going through my social media feed and seeing an increase in the number individuals posting the hashtag All Lives Matter and while it is true all lives matter we need to be honest and real about why the hashtag All Lives Matter became a counter response to Black Lives Matter.
First by saying Black Lives Matter you are not stating that other lives matter less or don’t matter at all. It never was. What Black Lives Matters does is call attention to an inherent problem and that is the senseless killing of Men of Color by those who have been charged with protecting the public. Now let me be clear, because there are those out there who would jump on that statement and call me anti police, which could not be further from the truth. To be a police officer, to know each day you risk your life so society as a whole can be a safer place takes a special person. However there are always bad apples in any group and even if it’s only 1% of the nation’s police force the spot light must shine on that 1% until that 1% is stripped of their power.
Those who blame the senseless killing of five police officers on Black Lives Matter either don’t get it or don’t want to get it. They are the real race baiters. No person of color who says Black Lives Matter wants to see any officer of the law killed. Communities of color did not celebrate the death of five good men we mourned it. As we mourn however we cannot let individuals like Sean Hannity and Rudy Giuliani take a tragic event like Dallas and through the power of the media attempt to silence our voices against police brutality. It is not about getting over it and moving forward. It’s about this country no longer pretending that there are not very real issues that need to be addressed. It’s about people no longer using the lame excuse that by calling for the end of police brutality you are anti police. It’s about finally having a brutally honest conversation about race relations in this country.
So understand that while All Lives Matter countering Black Lives Matter with All Lives Matter is like bursting into a cancer fund raiser and saying hey Heart disease is a problem too you know. It’s true but it really is missing the point.
Today I saw an article in The Daily Caller which stated that:
According to several Be On Look Out (BOLO) alerts sent from several law enforcement agencies and exclusively obtained by The Daily Caller, some members of the “#blacklivesmatter and #fyf911 are calling for the murder of more police officers.
It is important to note that while this report was not an editorial and I have no reason not to believe the authenticity of the BOLO alerts The Daily Caller was founded by Tucker Carlson, a libertarian conservative. Now with all due respect to Tucker Carlson and some other conservative individuals and organizations there can be no denying that there has been an ongoing attempt from some on the right to discredit the Black Lives Matter movement. Which to be honest is not a centralized movement with any one voice to call it lead but more of a battle cry for people of all colors to stand up against the discrimination and brutality directed toward people of color. The intent of those who link it to groups or individuals who are not concerned with justice but preach violence is clear, discredit the movement as a whole and marginalize those who support it.
When Sarah Palin calls supporters of the movement dogs President Obama won’t call off. When Donald Trump says supporters of the movement are looking for trouble. When radical groups who preach violence are lumped in with the entire movement as if to indicate they are the movement it is reminiscent of what some tried to do to civil rights leaders in the 60s. Which was an attempt to shut down a movement and to avoid a meaningful discussion about race relations in this country.
What is true is that the overwhelming majority of the Black Lives Matter movement has never been about violence and has never been about hatred toward police but rather has always been about equality and justice. We cannot let those who would not see us all live together as brother and sister, those who profit from division rather than unity, those who rather move backward than forward in time define the narrative. The narrative can only be defined by the actions of the majority, people of all races and religions, who stand for equality and justice for all.
So on this 9/11 let us stand as one and remember and honor those we lost 14 years ago. Let us pray as one that the few who preach violence are unsuccessful in their attempts to rally the nut jobs because even one life lost is one life too many. Let our voices be heard as one that we know longer tolerate racism and hate. On this 9/11 let us show the world that we are one.