“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.