I am not attempting to discount and diss the concerns and plight that has been felt by various sectors of our society. I am not diminishing the concern that there is racism living and breathing in America. That would be foolish. No, it would be incredibly deceptive and ignorant of reality.
I contend that a few bad apples does not make the apple tree bad of the apple barrel bad, it makes the bad apples bad. If you had a toe with gangrene and in need of amputation would you cut off the entire leg? Would you believe the doctor justified in injecting you with a death serum because your toe was bad? No, you would want to deal with the problem and go no farther than the problem. Well, I would hope that is what you would do, but in light of what is happening today, I wonder!
When I listen to the narrative being advanced by the media and the incredible hate and vitriol being hurled at those of us who are white, I am shaken to my core. It makes me wonder if we have become so infected and infested with hate, generational hate, and a victim mentality that we can never recover. I pray that is not the case, but with each new outbreak of ‘protests’ that become or began as ‘riots’ I wonder.
I briefly listened to two black men on Sean Hannity’s show, some time back, and was stunned at the hate and uncontrollable anger spewing forth from professor Cornel West of Princeton University. He called the other black man names and his face and eyes were so fixated with hate that he was beside himself. He kept talking over everyone and insisting that he was not being respected, but he disrespected those with opposing views in an uncontrollable rage.
What is frightening is that this man teaches in one of our renowned universities. What is he teaching and how is what he is teaching bridging the gap and not inciting more violence? I was deeply saddened as I listened and watched. I prayed for him. Don’t accuse me of being self-righteous, I was genuinely concerned for his soul and the future of America and the lives that can be destroyed by his anger. That goes for all sides of the issue. Hate is never the answer. Violence is not the pathway to peace. Innocent people are not your enemy.
It is troubling to hear leading Democrats, and some on social media voice their hatred for President Trump so vehemently they justify violence, lawlessness, criminal activity, and murder as justified. They argue that because, “Trump is a Dictator and a Tyrant,” they are justified. They have no verifiable examples to support those charges and ignore the fact that he has done more for the black community and virtually all communities than any president in modern history. They ignore the fact that shining through his crustiness and crudeness is a heart that loves America and wants the Constitution followed. He makes mistakes in words and even actions, but at the end of the day, the body of work has been in America’s best interest.
If I listen to the media and those engaging in the violence, riots, and mayhem I realize that they consider all of us that are white and not liberal leftists the root cause of the problem. In their minds, we are their justification for total chaos and anarchy. In their minds, we deserve it and our perpetual sin against them is reason enough for them to destroy, loot, kill, and destroy. If we protest that we are not their enemy then we are deemed racist, xenophobic, bigoted, and living in our ivory towers of ‘white privilege.’ We are their ticket to exoneration and exemption from being held accountable. They are the Victims and we are the ones who Victimized them.
Let me insert, being victimized should not create a victim mentality in anyone. Becoming a Victim is a choice. It is an internalizing that strips the individual of the power to rise above the event or events and survive and thrive. It robs the individual of peace and the thirst for vengeance becomes so prolific in the heart that the insatiable drive and desire for a ‘pound of flesh’ demands violence. Sadly, those who get their ‘pound of flesh’ are never satisfied and the hole in the heart is not healed. That leads to more violence and a perpetual blaming of others for the condition and problems they face. That is never the pathway to Life, Liberty, and Happiness. It is the pathway to a Prison of Pain in the heart and mind that renders the person incapable of enjoying life.
The insistence that the rioters are angry because of justifiable grievances against and those of us who are not of their skin color, ethnicity, religion, or political party is destructive. If there was truly ‘systemic racism’ in the police or America it would demand amelioration, but it is not the truth. Statistics do not support the charge.
When I consider the violence that has escalated in the cities where the most prolific attempts to appease the ‘protesters’ have occurred, I wonder if this was about George Floyd or not. No, I don’t wonder, I think I know that it was for some, but not for those orchestrating the violence and many participating. When a man like the black 77-year old retired police captain David Dorn was murdered by the protesters as he sought to protect a pawn shop it screams that all lives do not matter and even some black lives do not matter to these ‘protesters and instigators.’ When the murder rates in Chicago, Los Angeles, and other cities escalates and black on black crime takes dozens of lives but there is no mention of them, then I ask, “Do those Black Lives Matter?”
When I examine history and view the data available, I discover that between 1979 and 2014 blacks killed 324,000 other blacks in violent crime. That causes me to realize this is not about Life but a desire for vengeance. It becomes an excuse to ignore the law, ignore the property of the dozens if not hundreds of black businesses that have been destroyed as well as those of whites and other ethnicities, I realize this is not about ‘systemic racism’ but ‘hate.’ It is an excuse to commit terrorism and seek to ‘take over’ the nation.
That’s what Islam desires and now we are fighting a war on multiple fronts within our borders and the politicians are using it as a tool to advance their agenda and hoping it will propel them into power. America, we are destroying ourselves with hate and that is not a one-sided issue but one that must be addressed and stopped.
America’s first war (as a nation) was with African Muslims who were raiding American vessels and enslaving the occupants. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams asked the Muslim ambassador what ‘injury’ the fledgling American state could possibly have committed to provoke such acts the response was telling. Jefferson said, “The ambassador said that the attacks were founded on the laws of their prophet, that was written in their Koran that it was their right and duty to make war upon non-Muslims wherever they could be found and to make slaves of all.”
It would behoove us to remember that ISIS, in modern times, has been careful to tell the world that they are attacking and hate the West first and foremost because Islamic law requires them to do so. They do not care about our behavior it is their perceived mandate from Allah.
The demands for reparations for slavery are ludicrous and beyond the realm of possibility fiscally. It is irresponsible and drives a wedge between us that continues to separate, divide, and engender distrust and hate. There is an answer and I keep referring to it. That answer in a word is GOD! If we love God with all our hearts, we can love our neighbor as ourselves. If we sin against our brother, we need to go to our brother and seek forgiveness.
There are bad police officers. They need to be rooted out, but they are not all white. There are bad politicians that need to be rooted out and they are not all Democrats or Republicans. There are bad people in society, and they must be held accountable for their behavior and actions. If you are white or non-white, I am not your enemy, I am a fellow member of the human race. We can overcome this blight but not if we allow hate to prevail. If we allow ourselves to become Victims in our Minds, we will imprison ourselves and destroy this nation and freedom.
Love me or hate me, that is your choice, but please, please, please, stop hating because someone does not look or think like you.
God bless you and God bless America!