It’s our job. The sentiment is being expressed in various ways, so I don’t really know how to attribute the idea. Whatever the phrase’s source, I want to sign up as one of those white people taking responsibility for combating racism in the United States.
White police officers continue to kill black men. This is an expression of racist attitudes that I think some people are not even aware is part of their thinking.
Smartphones and their wonderful cameras prove what African Americans have been saying for centuries. Many white people in authority are afraid of black men, and they use any means of power possible to neutralize them.
In the past white folks could deny it. Black testimony did not count; only white racist testimony counted. Now many whites want to defend these senseless killings because, from their experience, law enforcement officials never behave in such a manner. Black folks have been telling us this over and over and over, and we would not listen.
Last year, I wrote something on racist cops killing black men, and a now former empoloyee didn’t want it to be on the BGCT web site. It was seen as demonizing all cops. Goodness no! Many law enforcement personnel are sacrificial persons who are seeking to serve, but some cops shouldn’t even have a license to carry a weapon because of their racist hatred.
And many Southern whites continue to lift up the Confederacy, the ultimate American symbol of racial subjugation. Some believe the lie that the Civil War was not fought over slavery. Ridiculous! No slavery, no Civil War. And the Confederate spirit continued into the post-Civil War era as Jim Crow laws and other persecution received the full sanctioning of white-controlled Southern governmental bodies. Then came the “New Jim Crow” and incarceration of vast numbers of black and Hispanic males while crime rates among whites were virtually the same.
White people need to stand up and stand loud against the killing of black men by white officers, but we also should stand against all forms of pre-judging persons because of their color or ethnicity.
These words will bother some white people, but it should not bother any believer when injustice is highlighted; it should break our hearts and cause us to act, to lift up Jesus in calling for the love of neighbor as we love ourselves. And maybe we should say to love our neighbors who are different from us, not just the ones who are like us.
We need Jesus. I surely need Jesus, because right now I’m having trouble loving some people who look a whole lot like me.