Riots Are the Voices Of The Unheard: Are you listening?

Black woman being silenced by white man in racism

“Riots are the language of the unheard.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. King made this statement during a speech he entitled “The Other America.” What is it that America has failed to hear? This was a rhetorical question. We all know the answer. If you are not outraged by what has been happening across the world regarding the unjust killings of African Americas, then you just don’t care. Especially to my White brothers and sisters in the faith, not only are we fellow citizens but we serve the same God ; the same God who is a God of justice. As followers of Christ we need to not only speak out about abortion we need to also speak out when justice and the freedom that the constitution affords us is not met. There are large segments of society including White led churches that are more concerned about the status quo than they are about equality and justice because they benefit from it.

For the past few days, we have seen riots that resulted in fires, looting and destruction. All carried out by the those who have been unheard for decades or “thugs” in the words of President Trump, which is used to describe one group of people, so we all know who he was alluding to. Where are the voices of the White evangelical churches? Where are your Rod Parsley, Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer, Paula White, John Hagee? We hear voices of the condemnation of looters and the riots and we should condemn their actions. I don’t condone nor agree with the rioting ,however, the riots are an expression of the very real anger and pain that the African American community feels. The Me-too movement is encouraged and supported for expressing the injustice and pain that was done to them, but African Americans are combated with all lives matter to drown out our voices. As Dr. King stated: “riots don’t appear out of thin air.” The DNA of racism has been embedded into our country since long ago; cuddled by a community of people who are in authority who don’t care about humanity because African Americans are considered 3/5 of a  man and by White evangelicals who just pay lip service to justice. There are other ethnicities who are judging the standpoint not knowing our history of being enslaved, raped, dehumanized and viewed as property. You say that there is a more positive way to handle this. Please explain to me in detail what that way is? When we speak out, we are told we are too loud. When we say we want results and for someone to be held accountable, we are told we should have spoke in a more peaceful manner. When we protest peacefully, we are told that we are being a nuisance and we are met with tear gas. And when we take a knee during the National Anthem, we are told we are being disrespectful and unpatriotic. We continue to remain unheard, forced to live in fear and finally it became too much to bear. Some things are not justification they are simply explanation.

White America, if you want to see these riots cease then those who have the power to make laws and execute those laws must start being held accountable. I personally, don’t believe things will ever change, racism will never cease but the unjust killings of African Americans have got to stop! We are tired of dying at the hands of racist cops, neighborhood watch dogs, and pseudo patriotic cowards.

My heart and  prayers go out to the family of George Floyd. I pray that God strengthens you during this difficult time and that justice will prevail.

Published by: Kim Petitt

As a person living with a disability challenge is part of my life. I struggled with my identity and I recognize that I still have insecurities to face, but that doesn't mean I can't walk in everything God has purposed me to walk in despite my insecurities. Because of the nature of my condition and physical disability, God's grace is evident in my life everyday and I find strength in the word of God that says in Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through him who gives me power". (CJB).

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5 thoughts on “Riots Are the Voices Of The Unheard: Are you listening?”

  1. Sis, the past few days have been painful. There has been barely any day that I haven’t cried. The response to my post on this issue has not been surprising at all. It is painful. Very painful. You won’t be surprised if I tell you that I have lost some followers because of that post. It is shocking to see the response. It brings a lot of questions to mind. Keep speaking sis. We know where and how this pain hurts!

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    1. I’m tired of hearing people say, “God is love and He loves everybody and we need to just keep the peace.” People who say that don’t know the plight of our history they don’t know what’s like to be lynched for the amusement of another race, they don’t know what’s like to have your babies rip out of your arms, they don’t know whats like to have their women raped in front of their men. While, I don’t condone the rioting, I do understand. Yes sis it’s been very painful. People who feel bothered by these types of posts are part of the problem, they don’t want to be confronted with the truth. They want us to just shut up and deal with it, get over it. Are the Me-too movement told to just shut up and get over it!? No, they are backed and supported in every sense but when it comes to African Americans we are told to “deal with it.”

      Keep speaking truth sis…….I haven’t seen your post, can you share the link I would love to read it.

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  2. I wish there were more white voices speaking out. I stand with you! I am of course, confused at the lack of concern of the “medical professionals” with large crowds being gathered, as prayer meetings and churches are still banned here in Canada and in my eyes prayer is more powerful than protests, but the REASON for the protests is of utmost importance! May the white people in the church realize it’s our OBLIGATION to show love to our black brothers and sisters by speaking out!

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