I realize that I may draw the ire of some by what I am about to say but while I am deeply saddened and outraged by what happened in Charleston, SC at the AME Church I have some observations about society, the focus and the outcome. There is NO JUSTIFICATION or EXUSE for what this deranged and evil individual did killing 9 people and forever traumatizing others. This was an act of terrorism and he should be treated as harshly as possible under the law. What I am going to say is not a justification, excuse or even attempt to divert attention from that horrific situation.
I am disturbed by the selective media coverage of situations like this and the politicization that always accompanies it. The virtual absence of this kind of coverage in the myriad of crimes where black, whites, Hispanic or Asians are slaughtered that do not afford a vehicle for politicization is disturbing. I support the reporting of this situation and am heartbroken for those affected so I tread softly not wanting to appear calloused or insensitive for I am outraged. The fact that the man chose a church suggests that he not only wanted to kill those people but make a conscious decision to go to a church where the likelihood of armed resistance would be lower. He had a problem with blacks and possibly with Christians as well. I do know that his crime is reprehensible.
Recently in the Bronx four thugs, who were black, beat down and slashed the face of a 19 year old victim. West Detroit Shooting at a basketball court where 9 or 10 were wounded and witnesses are not cooperating with the authorities. There are numerous crimes in which whites attacked blacks, blacks attacked whites, and events involving various ethnicities. Most get little notice and especially if it is black on black, Hispanic on Hispanic, Asian on Asian or white on white. The events that get the most play in the media and most vocal input from politicians is when a white person commits and act of mass violence or a black is the victim. That presents a problem for me and many in today’s world because, in my view, it shifts the focus from the problem to the political opportunities afforded. Evil is evil no matter the color of the skin of the one committing the act.
Am I saying that politicians are cold-hearted and calloused individuals that place ideology and agenda above human lives? I wish I could say unequivocally no, but I cannot and the philosophy of never allowing a crisis go to waste is too visible too often. Even in this most recent incident Mr. Obama used it as an opportunity to promote ‘gun control’ as he has are many others. He has been amazingly silent on Christians in the Middle East beheaded by Islamic jihadist but quickly speaks out in something he can use to promote an agenda or ideology.
When something like this happens and we do not band together as a society condemning the act(s) and the individual(s) involved we are polarizing race relations and we fail as a society. Acts of terror do not require politicization to be combated. They need us to come together and combat senseless acts of evil and seize the opportunity to teach our children that ALL LIVES MATTER promoting a colorless world as much as possible. When something like this happens and the immediate response is to lump all of the race of the perpetrator as the problem we are not moving to a solution but an escalation of the problem and therein is the problem for me.
I can only imagine the pain of those in the AME church where the horrific act took place. I can only imagine the anger, confusion and frustration. When we are wounded and in pain emotionally or physically we are much more prone to lash out and retaliate and when we do rather the problem becomes more pronounced and solutions further from view. Any crime borne out of bias, prejudice or hatred regardless of the source is to be condemned in the most straightforward manner offering no justification. I cannot ignore this any more than I can ignore 9/11 or the Boston Bombings or any other act of terror. My plea is that we not allow this or any occurrence or series of occurrences become stimuli of hatred and bear fruit in future similar occurrences.
As a society and as those who are people of faith we must condemn this type of act whether it is white on black, black on white, any ethnicity on any ethnicity or crimes such as are daily in Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, Dallas Houston, Los Angeles or any other city in our land. If we are to stem the tide of evil we must combat it with godly moral principles and resist the temptation to lash out. More government control on guns or most any other issue will not solve the problem this must come from our civic, religious, political and educational leaders as well as from parents. I still believe the directive of Scripture that if we ‘train up our children in the way they should go (live) when they are old they will not depart from it.’ If we want to solve this type of problem in our society we must accept responsibility to deal with it now to the full extent of the law and instill in the hearts of future generations that all people regardless of skin color are human beings and matter. The white man is not the black man’s problem nor is the black man the white man’s problem. A black woman called Sista Solove said on camera outside the AME church that “all crackers or mentally ill and urged blacks to kill all crackers”. Is that being blasted by the president, media and left? NO! We have a problem and that problem is selfishness, bigotry, hatred, bias and prejudice. These have replaced personal pride, ingenuity, respect for others and closed fists are replacing open hands.
So my heart and prayers continue for those in South Carolina and my call is for everyone to search our own hearts and ask God to help us become the people we want others to be.
May God bless you and may God bless America!