Will It Ever Be Safe to Exhale Again?

I’m still reeling from the massacre of those nine people who were slaughtered during bible study at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C. Those people were in the sanctuary to pray, discuss the Word and just like millions of other congregants across the country, to fellowship in mid-week service. It happens in nearly every church in the country. It is a mid-week tune-up, if you will, that offers a more laid-back alternative to the fuller Sunday service. As a member of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in the Dallas area, I fully enjoyed those services because by Wednesday night, most of the time I needed a spiritual reminder that He was yet around me. There was no protection from what can only be called evil for those folks Wednesday night at Emanuel.

Racism is nothing new in this country. It has always been about the color of a person’s skin in this country. It has always been about a sense of supremacy in this country. It has always been about a sense of ownership in this country. I grew up in early ’70s Louisiana, so don’t doubt one thing that I’m posting here – I know, from first-hand experience, what I’m talking about. I grew up in a little town where I heard “nigger” far more times than I care to remember. I once saw, “You’re a nigger eater from nigger hollow” scrawled on a bathroom wall in the middle school. I knew who the racist kids were. I knew who the racist teachers were. They didn’t care who knew. Some of them are still just a glaringly ignorant today as they were back then. Y’all know how my little best friend was forbidden to play with me when her daddy (who was a preacher) found out that I was Black. Actually, some of those folks more ignorant now because that stance is so incredibly stupid. Every time I pass a vehicle with a Confederate flag license plate bolted onto it, I just wonder what the hell is wrong with that person. Racism is based on ignorance. It is passed along from generation to generation. Nothing like keeping baboonery alive and well. Woot!!

Fox News rarely surprises me with it’s ignorance but this is one for the record books. HuffPost titled this article perfectly in that Fox News is one of the most twisted forms of journalism in the world. Take a look at this: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/18/fox-news-charleston-shooting_n_7614126.html. They actually tried to spin this so that the reason that boy went into that church and executed those people was something outside of racism. Please, please, please read the article. It’s just unbelievable. Witnesses, folks who were INSIDE THE CHURCH heard him say he was there to shoot Black people. He told racist jokes. He sported that Confederate flag, yet Fox tried hard to plant the seed that perhaps he did it for religious reason. Sweet Jesus! I’m angry on so many different levels but especially at the people who refuse to call it what is it. THE BOY WAS RACIST!

My sister served in the Army for 30 years and one conversation that I had with her shortly after she returned home from Ft. Drum came to mind yesterday. She was telling me that she had gotten into a discussion on race, prejudice and the fact that people in the south tend to be more open with their position. She told her fellow soldiers that at least down here, we know who our enemy is because they make no qualms about showing you and displaying it. Here’s what so heartbreaking to me.  If Dylann Root had stepped into Emanuel A.M.E. with a white sheet and hood over his head, or a t-shirt with a confederate flag on it, but was without a weapon, he probably still would been allowed in and prayed for. That’s what church is for. It is a place for sinners to come for cleansing. The church is a sanctuary for forgiveness and help. He sat there with those people for an hour. An hour!

Here’s an article about the biker brawl in Waco: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/waco-biker-brawl-bandidos-are-baddest-bad-expert-says-n360566. One of the people that I grew up with posted this picture just recently. He’s a preacher. 

Let me assure you of this one thing – had that been a white girl, there would have been everything from a candlelight vigil to a special call of congress for justice. See, many of those folks believe Black lives just don’t matter. I believe a life is a life. Why in God’s name is it cool to rally for a bunch of bikers, who have been deemed one of the deadliest in the nation, who hid guns inside bags of tortillas and flour because they knew they went there to shoot it out, yet the unruly Black girl was manhandled. See that pic? It says she was handcuffed. My eyes are not what they used to be but I believe I see her right hand extended. Unless her left hand is invisible, I’m not clear on how she was just “handcuffed”. What I do see is his knee in her back. Stop that crap!

Before any of you decide to piss me off even more with the notion that I’m incorporating an issue with the police here, don’t go there. I am not anti-police. I have too many officers in my circle and there is not one of them that I don’t call by name on a nightly basis as I pray. This post is about racism. Keep it there.

I am blessed to have friends of every race, creed and color. I refuse to judge another person based on the color of his or her skin. Doing that is so far beyond stupid that I can’t even find words for it. You will find jerks in every shade of the color spectrum. Stay away from folks because they steal, lie, or are abusive, not because of the color of their skin. Don’t be stupid.

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