Black and Blue

I recently got pulled over by a white police officer. After checking my driver’s license and paperwork, the officer let me go about my business.  It seems that I get pulled over  every few years for one minor thing or another. Yet, I have never had a bad experience with a police  officer. This is despite the fact that I have been black all of my life. It is interesting to note that neither my brothers have ever had a bad experience with police officers. Now, my perspective might be colored by the fact that my youngest brother is a police officer in Fort Worth, Texas, but I doubt it.

According to some, my being pulled over by the police officer is nothing more than an attempt to oppress me or anyone like me. The Black Lives Matters (hereafter referred to as BLM) crowd views the police in the worst of all possible ways. They assert that racism is to be found everywhere, especially all police forces. They will argue that the disproportionate number of black men who were killed by police officers is justification for berating and threatening the police. This is why some, like Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke,  has called them a hate group.

Unfortunately for the BLM crowd, the statistics just do not bear  out their argument.  Harvard University professor, Roland G. Fryar found racial some bias for the use of force by  police officers, but not in police shooting deaths (1).  Harvard University professor of sociology, Orlando Patterson, said “America is now the least racist white- majority society in the world; has a better record of protection of minorities than any other society, white or black; and offers more opportunities to a greater number of black persons than  any other society, including all of Africa (2).” One should note that both of these professors from Harvard University are black men.  Further, no one would call either of them conservatives. In a recent video by black commentator, Larry Elder explains why America is not a racist country (3).

America is not a racist country, and neither are the police. As the research scholar from the Manhattan Institute, Heather MacDonald explains:

One important point of clarification comes from my brother, the police officer. He made it clear to me that there are some individual police officers who are racist, but they comprise only a small percentage of the total police force.

Nonetheless, race is still as complicated a subject as there is in American society.  The recent documentary by ESPN 30 for 30  on O.J. Simpson, as well as the recent docudrama on FX  make it clear that it is more than it appears. George Barna’s research group shows that racial tensions today are high (4).

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His research also shows that the perception of this problem can vary in significant ways.

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Somehow, it seems like there is more to this issue than just race. As if race is not a complex enough issue in and of itself.  It seems like there must be something else driving this train out of control. Yet another black Harvard University professor of sociology is William Julius Wilson (also not a conservative). In his book  More than Just Race (2009) he asks “Why do poverty and unequal opportunity persist in the lives of so many African Americans?” His answer is that institutional and systemic impediments, like structural racism and culture, keep poor blacks from escaping poverty.  At the same time, for blacks who have education and other advantages, race matters less and less. In other words, it more about class than it is about race. This explains why we have a black president of the United States of America.

When Barack Obama became president of these United States in 2008, he told us that he would heal the racial divide in this country. Does anyone believe that he accomplished this goal today? Does anyone even believe that he deliberately tried to improve race relations?  One is tempted to think the Barack Hussein Obama found race too useful a tool to ignore as a vehicle for his “fundamental transformation of the United States of American (5).” As a community organizer with a Marxist orientation Obama has only encouraged those who seek to cause anarchy and confusion. For example, in July he met with leaders of BLM in the White House (6). At the same time, he continuously attacks police forces with charges of racism and stupidity. His efforts do not heal the racial problems in America, instead they only make them worse. In addition, by his condemnation of the police, he stokes the fires of anarchy and violence. This results in the deaths of police officers like in Dallas and other places.

I learned a long time ago, when I was a test director for aircraft and spacecraft programs, that “No bucks, No Buck Rogers.” In other words, follow the money. Where does all of the money come from to fund the BLM activities?  It turns out that a fellow traveler with President Obama is George Soros. Soros recently gave $650,000 to BLM (7). In fact, George Soros even provides the home where BLM leader, Deray McKesson lives (8).

For those of you who don’t know, George Soros is a real life Dr. Evil (9). He actually believes that he is was annointed by God and that he has become a god who created everything (10). He wants to destabilize Russia, he wants to destabilize the United States, he wants a one world government.  To achieve his goals, he is using his billions to fund his Open Societies Foundations and a host of other groups. In the case of BLM, his giving totals over 33 million dollars (11).  There is no getting around the fact that birds of a feather flock together. So BLM is also getting funding from the Ford Foundation.  Not to be outdone by Soros, they are giving over 100 million dollars to BLM (12).

For a grass roots organization, I would have to say that they are doing very well! But BLM is not the only race group benefitting from the leftist elite.  It appears that President Obama is also helping the National Council of La Raza by providing them with taxpayer dollars. After hiring Cecilia Munoz, a vice president for  NCLR, the Obama administration increased the amount of taxpayer funding from 4.1 to 11 million dollars (13). Once again, Dr Evil (George Soros) provided 2.4 million dollars to NCLR (14). The Ford Foundation not only funds NCLR, but help found it (15). Henry Ford must be turning over in his grave! Unfortunately, the Ford Foundation funds many nefarious groups with a Marxist/ anarchist bent (16). Likewise, Soros, through his Open Societies Foundation, funds the worst sort of groups (17).

For those of us who love this country, we have great reason to be concerned. There are forces at work that seek to destroy our country as we know it. They will use race, poverty, and everything else that they can think of to divide the people in this country. We all want for people of all races to have peace and happiness in our country. Unfortunately, there are those who would take this desire and turn it into a weapon to destroy our country.

We cannot get justice and righteousness merely by showing people that these race/ hate groups are funded by evil men. Still, we all need to understand who these people are and what they want. We all need to treat each other in such a way that no one would accuse any us of racism. We must pray for our country and for our leaders to do right. We must also pray for our police officers, soldiers and first responders. Their lives matter to all of us. Without them, there would be nothing to protect all of the sheep from the wolves that seek to devour us. Finally, we must show the love of Christ to all. We must do random acts of kindness and give the good news for all who do not know Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior.

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Confessions of a Human Racist

People often suppose that if you are black and an academic that you will frequently write about race. I have not chosen to do this because, I am a Human Racist. Since all men are made after the image of God, I cannot subscribe to black or any other kind of racism.  As a human racist, I will justifiably be accused of speciesism by various animal rights groups. For this, I am guilty, as charged, because I believe that God made man unique among his creations. Consequently, only human beings have rights. Failure to recognize the rights and special status of all human beings is the result of sinfulness. Black racists, white racists, or any other kind of dividers should repent of their sinfulness. Let there be no doubt, “ALL LIVES MATTER!”  If one claims to be a follower of Jesus Christ, he can hold no other position.

Some, like the progressives were quick to bring in science to support their views of race. The problem is that the Human Genome Project showed that there is no genetic component of race. Nonetheless, it is beyond dispute that different ethnic groups have different health problems. DNA can tell you about eye color, but not if one is black or white or asian.  DNA also tells us that all men, regardless of coloring belong to the human race. Regardless of whether or not race is a scientific reality, it is definitely a social reality. One of  the biggest lies in America is that one has to be white to be racist. While there clearly  are a small number of white racists, not all white people are racists. In my experience,  there are some black people who are far more racist than most white people. This is no doubt true among some in other groups.

Today, no rational person wants to be called a racist. To be called a racist is a smear that is very difficult to wash off. As such, everyone needs to be very careful before they accuse someone else of being a racist. To be sure, there are some extremists who wear this accusation as a badge of honor. Needless to say, something is very wrong with these people. Their problems cannot be solved by arguments and violence. The problems of these racists can only be solved by the love of Christ.

Sadly,  I know that darker skinned blacks were looked down upon by some blacks with lighter colored skin. With the realization that even within an ethnic group that there can be a type of racism, I soon came to the conclusion that racism outside of one’s race is a logical affliction in this sin sick world. Racism, like all sin is universal and no group is free from it. As such, we have no hope of seeing racism eradicated before Christ returns.

There are some today who attempt to make  the rejection of the LGBT community equivalent with racism. Whatever race is, it is not a behavior.  Especially a sinful one. To equate those who choose to act in a sinful way with those who have different ethnic features is ridiculous. It is also demeaning to the black and Hispanic civil rights activists who had to struggle for their basic rights.  It is also a rejection of the worldview set forth in the Scriptures.

The issue is perhaps best summed up by Reinhold Neibuhr, who wrote the book, Moral Man, Immoral Society.   According to Niebuhr, “Morality is for individuals. If individuals ocassionally overcome their inevitable egotism in acts of compassion or love, there was no evidence that human groups ever overcame the power of self- interest and collective egotism that sustained their existence.”  In another section, Niebuhr wrote: “As individuals, men believe that they ought to love and serve each other and establish justice between each other. As racial, economic and national groups they take for themselves, whatever their power can command.”  Niebuhr, goes on to say, “All social co- operation on a larger scale than a most intimate social group requires a measure of coercion.” This coercion is made obvious through the voting process. So Niebuhr writes:”The majority has its way, not because the minority believes that the majority is right, but because the votes of the majority are a symbol of its social strength.” In other words, we need to be careful of what groups we attach ourselves to. It is too easy to convince ourselves that might makes right.

 After every race tinged incident, like the shootings in Louisana, Minnesota and Dallas, there is some person saying that we need to have a “conversation.” Okay, let’s wake up! No amount of “conversation” is going to rectifiy the problems of racism. We all need to repent of our sins, and decide that as far as it depends upon you, that there will be no racism. We cannot count on any group to get it right.  We, as individuals can only count on ourselves, empowered by the love of Christ to do the right thing. Consequently, the only group that we can count on is the Church of Jesus Christ, when it is being obedient to the dictates of Christ. The Church of Jesus Christ is the only kingdom that is based on justice and righteousness.