The engine of Political Power this nation has been running on, has never fully dealt with or resolved the issues of oppression and discrimination it has caused the African American community. Putting a bandage on a wound that needs be treated, will not stop it from getting infected. Putting a bandage on a wound that is infected, will not stop it from being affected by gangrene, not treating gangrene is fatal. Until this nation as a whole deals with the issues of racial injustice, nothing will get better. Inaction doesn’t stop reactions from occurring, these problems are not just going to go away, you can’t stop fate, no matter how long you try to postpone it. I typically leave politics off of my blog, but I recognize people are hurting, and I felt compelled to lead by example and show there should still be grace in the midst of tragedy.
1.Don’t take it Personal!
Racism is not a group of people from 1 ethnic background or nationality. Racism is a system and a complex that perpetuates the behavior of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination. It creates fear and anger where it otherwise wouldn’t exist. Though there are people involved in Racial Warfare, it’s not a fight of 1 race against another, it’s a fight against a belief system. Just because a person says “Black Lives Matter” doesn’t mean they don’t equally value the lives of other races. It’s not a personal attack on any other individual, it’s a show of support for an issue they have the prerogative to embrace. When a sports fan supports their team, it doesn’t mean they personally hate or dislike fans or members of the another team, they are just supporting their own. The unity of any community for positive progress shouldn’t incite fear, anger, or frustration in another community, and when it does it’s usually in the spirit of racism.
There are supreme evils that lurk in the hearts of many people of all races, it’s the evil you need to hate, not the person or people.
2.Support > Sympathy
Throwing a pity party for someone who’s suffered a racial injustice isn’t helpful. Take is from me, being black is not a sorrowful plague, but oppression is. The suffering doesn’t come from who we are, it comes from how we are treated. I have friends of other races and some of them well never fully understand the plight and burden of oppression, and I don’t fault them for that, there blues isn’t like mine, and vice versa. As a friend show support, I don’t ask for sympathy or for us to cry together, please don’t be sorry for me, take that sorry and turn it into support. Support the mission of change. The same way I support your business, you can support mine. The same way I can write and petition for change in legislation, you can too. Be a conduit for positive change, even if it’s something as simple as being objective and changing your point of view.
3.Despite what others think, sometimes it’s okay to be silent
If you don’t have an understanding of a particular issue, it’s okay to remain silent or preferably seek clarity and educate yourself. If you have never been oppressed then you won’t have a complete understanding of what it feels like. You can’t accurately give an account of something you haven’t experienced. It’s like trying to compare a sex scene in a movie where a girl loses her virginity, to the reality of what losing you virginity actually feels like. It’s just not the same. But we all know the difference between right and wrong, and if you know that something is WRONG, even if you say nothing, DO something! Take Action! But if you witness wrong doing and you take no course of action,nor speak up against it, your sin if just as great as the wrong doer.
Racial injustice negatively effects all of us, and it’s time for all of us to take action against it.