The Remedy for Racial Discord

Someday, we may be able to leave the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin case behind us. I know I’m tired of it. Yet it depends on whether others are willing to let it go or whether they are more invested in promoting racial disharmony. We are supposed to be citizens of the United States; we should all be identified as Americans. But what do we see? There is a concerted effort to divide us by ethnicity, gender, age, and whatever new category the culture masters deem appropriate. Just look at a typical focus group or discussion panel on television:

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It’s becoming nothing short of ridiculous. People are people. Yes, there are cultural differences, but the basic makeup of each person is the same. God created us all in His image: we all have an intellect, emotions, free will, and a conscience. Further, we all have identical needs: love, security, etc. Yet we insist on harping on the differences. For some people, it’s like an industry. That’s why I’ve criticized Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, who probably wouldn’t have much of an income without their talent for fomenting discord and promoting grievances. Unfortunately, we’ve now seen that rise to the very top of our government:

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Wake up. We are no longer living in a segregated society. Although pockets of discrimination will always exist, simply because of man’s sinfulness, one of the few improvements since the 1960s has been in the area of race relations and opportunity for all. At least, that was the trend until this administration decided to turn up the heat on racial discord through its statements and the actions of the DOJ.

Let’s keep this in mind: we will never achieve a perfect society; problems between individuals and groups will always be present. Those barriers come down in the proper way only by first acknowledging our common Creator. Real love for others will be manifested only by mirroring the love of God as demonstrated through His Son. Yet with all the new attacks on Biblical Christianity—which should be a redundant description—our future as a nation is uncertain. And any disintegration of Biblical foundations will lead to even worse race relations.

The remedy is simple, but the resistance to it is massive: acknowledge and be ashamed of sin in one’s life, repent of it, and turn to the One who laid down His life to bring reconciliation across the board—with God first, and then with others.

Racism vs. Truth-Telling

I guess he can’t help himself. He’s driven ideologically. He seeks to continue to make a point that is no point at all. Yes, I’m talking about Barack Obama. Now it’s not just “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon Martin,” but “Trayvon Martin could have been me thirty-five years ago.” Even though there’s no evidence of racial bias in the Zimmerman-Martin incident, the president refuses to let the matter drop. Tenaciously, he clings to the fiction that this was all about race.

As do Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and their devotees. For them, nothing is outside the racial zone; race is the explanation for everything. The big protest day on Saturday that was supposed to overwhelm the nation was something less. Even in the largest cities, the number of protesters was in the hundreds, not the many thousands they hoped for. Newport News, Virginia, had a grand total of twenty-five show up.

Take one isolated personal conflict between two individuals and make it into a national race issue—that’s the media’s goal. But what about the fact that 93% of all black homicides are committed by blacks? What is the media doing to highlight this problem?

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And of course there’s the prime example of this in the city of Chicago, Obama’s latest hometown, and the one run by Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, an Obama acolyte.

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It’s not racism to point out these problems. It’s truth-telling.

There’s another possible reason why Obama wants to keep the focus on George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin. It’s a wonderful diversion from genuine problems he would rather people forget: the scandalous behavior of Benghazi, the IRS, the NSA, and the DOJ. One humorous picture making the rounds currently does a good job of pointing out this possibility:

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Journalists, for the sake of your profession, it’s time to turn back to real news that affects everyone—news based on facts, not fiction—events that will have a lasting impact on the future of this nation.

The Christian Response to Zimmerman-Martin

I’ve made pretty clear in my last two posts that I don’t think race had anything to do with the events on the night Trayvon Martin was killed. Yet we are now mired once again in racial tension over the verdict in that trial. America doesn’t need this. We’re already a severely divided nation; this only increases that divide.

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Unfortunately, there are some who want to foment unrest over the trial’s outcome. One of the premier agitators is the Rev. Al Sharpton, who is calling for massive protests in one hundred cities. He’s also calling for a boycott of Florida, as if all of Florida is responsible for what happened. Does he not realize it was Florida’s government that went forward with the Zimmerman prosecution? He also insists this was a racial thing, despite all the evidence to the contrary—or more correctly, the complete absence of any evidence that points to racism.

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I’ve watched the Rev. Al for many years. He has been responsible for foisting fraud upon the American people—anyone remember Tawana Brawley? Look it up. His inflammatory rhetoric also incited a mob to riot, leading to one death in the Jewish community in New York City. Now here he is again. Frankly, I don’t mind if Al Sharpton decides to boycott my state of Florida. I would rather he not grace us with his presence.

What has disturbed me most about Sharpton is his title: Rev. I find nothing in his spirit that is consistent with the Holy Spirit. Many use the name of Christian, but their actions belie their words.

How should a genuine Christian—one who seeks to honor the Lord in everything he/she does—respond to what has transpired in the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin incident?

First, we need to recognize that God has created only one race, and it’s called “human.” Within that one race is diversity. God likes diversity. He also wants us to judge one another, not on outward features such as skin color, but on inward character. Isn’t that what Martin Luther King said in his “I Have a Dream” speech? This means that all prejudice based on what our society deems as “race,” must be banished from a Christian’s heart.

Second, we all live under, and are responsible to, God’s eternal law. He is always just in his judgments, so we, as His hands, feet, and voice on this earth, must also be just. Any white person who names the name of Christ, yet assumed Zimmerman’s innocence before having any evidence, would be violating God’s standards. Conversely, any black person who claims a Christian testimony, yet assumed Martin was innocent prior to hearing both sides of the story, would also be in violation of God’s justice.

Third, anyone who furthers attitudes of bitterness and resentment—whether white, black, or any shade in between—does not have God’s heart. We are called to do all we can to bring reconciliation, which requires repentance for any wrong attitude. No one can incite others to violence and have any credibility as a Christian.

What we have before us now is an opportunity to show the world that Christians of all colors can unite as one in Christ. I’m a member of a church that is multiracial; everyone is welcome regardless of ethnicity. Why? Because we recognize that we are all sons and daughters of the Most High. We will spend an eternity together, so we might as well get used to one another now. I teach classes comprised of white, black, Hispanic, and Asian students. While I know we all have different backgrounds and cultures, I also know that for those who are true Christians, there is no real divide.

Now is the time for those who have taken up the Cross and committed themselves to discipleship to stand out and be noticed for their love and unity. That’s God’s call to us in these troubled times. We need to be faithful to that call.

Zimmerman, Martin, & the Media

Yesterday I mentioned the three groups most responsible for ramping up the racist angle in the Zimmerman-Martin case. The Florida prosecutors and the perpetually aggrieved, self-identified civil rights activists who are still living in the middle of the twentieth century were two of them. I believe, though, that the third group—the mainstream news media—was the catalyst for all the trumped-up drama we’ve witnessed.

Right from the start, the media played this tragedy as a racial thing, as if this one incident were a snapshot of the current state of race relations in America. Forget that most violence against blacks is committed by other blacks; forget that Chicago and other cities have a violence epidemic in black communities that has nothing to do with racism; ignore all the progress that has been made over the last fifty years; look past the fact that the president of the United States and his attorney general are both black (unless, of course, you consider Obama a “white black” due to his parentage—in the same manner as the media attempted to portray George Zimmerman as a “white Hispanic).

Once the media created the initial uproar, the governor of Florida felt the pressure to appoint a special prosecutor. That may have been the first mistake. The second mistake was the prosecutor herself, Angela Corey, who seemed to love a microphone and deemed it her duty to emphasize a racial component.

Such is the state of a nation living under the reign of political correctness.

Meanwhile, the perpetually aggrieved activists, emboldened by their media allies, and with the help of an administration that also lives in the 1960s, staged massive protests, demanding Zimmerman’s head, convinced he was guilty of murder before all the facts were examined. Never mind that Trayvon Martin was no longer the youth of the pictures on our TV screens; don’t mention his fascination with drugs and guns; pass over his troubles at school; instead, make him into an innocent symbol of racial hatred against minorities.

Again, all this was perpetuated by the media.

In one particularly dishonest incident, NBC doctored a recording of Zimmerman’s statement to the police that made him sound like a racist. Zimmerman’s lawyers are now proceeding with a lawsuit against that network.

Once the trial began, there was no other news worth reporting:

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As the testimony in the trial continued—nonstop coverage on all cable channels—some uncomfortable facts came out. One witness who was talking with Martin by phone at the time of the attack admitted he was the one to insert race into the incident, referring to Zimmerman with a racial slur. Talk about an inconvenient truth. It also seemed as if some of the prosecution’s witnesses were helping the defense more than the prosecution. The narrative was not going as planned. What could they do?

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Now that it’s all over, it seems it’s not all over at all. Anger and resentment are coming to the forefront. The administration is seeking to use a “hate crime” allegation to put Zimmerman back on trial at the federal level. The concept of a hate crime is a tautology. Most crime has hatred connected to it. The goal of modern hate crime legislation is to punish people for what they were thinking in addition to their actions. It’s an attempt to criminalize thoughts, which is about as unconstitutional as possible; it’s the opposite of the Founders’ intentions.

Yet we are on this path, fueled once more by the media working in tandem with bitterness and resentment:

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Justice is under fire in this country, but not in the way the media would have us believe. Don’t expect the aftermath of this trial to be any better than the atmosphere that led to it.

The Zimmerman Verdict

Zimmerman TrialI deliberately held off saying anything more about the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin media event until after the verdict had been reached. Now that Zimmerman has been declared not guilty by the jury—that includes both the second-degree murder and manslaughter charges—here is what I take from the drama that has mesmerized a large number of our citizens for weeks.

First, it appears the jury did its duty. This was no snap decision; the six women that comprised the jury took plenty of time to go over the evidence and be sure of the facts. They didn’t allow the emotionally charged atmosphere to influence their decision. They are to be commended.

Second, this never should have been a national media event. If the media is really concerned about violence toward minorities, it should begin to investigate Chicago, which is on pace to set a record for murders. Ah, but that is a city with a mayor who used to work in the Obama White House, so that’s off limits, I guess.

Third, George Zimmerman was a registered Democrat, who presumably voted for Barack Obama. He has a multiracial extended family, which includes blacks. He also had been serving as a mentor for a young black man, taking him out to play basketball and help raise money for his church.

Sharpton-JacksonFourth, considering Zimmerman’s background and actions on behalf of blacks, there should have been no racial component to this story. This was turned into a racial incident by at least three culprits: the Florida prosecutors; the media; and the habitually outraged crowd led by such worthies as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.

Fifth, President Obama never should have interjected himself into this story. He blatantly played the race card by saying that if he had had a son, he would have looked like Trayvon.

Sixth, America in 2013 is not Selma, Alabama, in 1963. It’s time to get out of the time warp. Things have changed. There are other reasons than racism for the problems in the black communities. I would start with the destruction of marriage, whereby 70% of black children are born out of wedlock and have no father in the home. This is the root of the problems, aided and abetted by a federal government that promotes the obliteration of the family by its policies.

In summary, George Zimmerman was made to look like a monster; Trayvon Martin was continually portrayed as an innocent teen set upon by the monster. Neither image held up under scrutiny. Now it’s time to move on.

But will that happen? Many news outlets are now reporting that the Obama DOJ is preparing to bring Zimmerman up on federal charges. As I’ve noted previously, Eric Holder’s DOJ is operating as anything but a department that seeks justice. Rather, it seeks revenge, and refuses to grow past the 1960s mentality of pervasive racism as the cause of all evil.

But if Obama, Holder, and their ilk are making their decisions based on race, who are the real racists?

George Zimmerman is going to have a hard enough time as it is—if he’s not assassinated first. The threats of violence toward him are real. He will have to live his life always wondering if he and his family are safe. I’m not saying he didn’t make mistakes in his encounter with Trayvon Martin. Yet a jury of his peers reviewed all the evidence and judged that he acted in self-defense. That verdict should stand.

Will our federal government, with its race-based politics, allow it to stand? President Obama’s reaction to the verdict didn’t offer an apology to Zimmerman for pre-judging him. In fact, his statement didn’t even mention Zimmerman’s name. It instead exalted the memory of Martin, and coupled that with a comment about curbing gun violence, which, in Obamaspeak, means greater gun control measures.

For the Obamaites, playing politics is a never-ending game.

Going Backwards on Discrimination

The Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case has put racism back on the front page again, at least in the minds of some. One can argue, however, that it has never left the front page with the current administration. The Eric Holder Justice Department is setting a record of sorts by challenging a number of commonsense laws, from photo IDs for voting to Arizona’s attempt to stem the tide of illegal immigration. Yet it dropped a case of voter intimidation by the Black Panthers. Sources within the department say race is the determining factor for much of what goes on there.

I thought the election of a black president was supposed to lead us into a paradise of racial harmony. Well, not if you bring an aggrieved attitude with you into the office. All you do is fan those racial flames. I think we’re actually in worse shape with respect to race relations now than we were before Obama entered the scene. Charges of racism fill the air:

It’s not just a black/white thing, either. In what passes for higher education in our country, we see a strange sort of discrimination at work:

And if you’re a conservative who wants to be a professor at one of our institutions of higher learning, you may be in for a rough ride, as shown by an incident that has made the news lately. Discrimination comes in all forms when progressives are in control:

I write about double standards quite often. They are one of my pet peeves. Of course, they go far beyond peevishness; they are pernicious to the spiritual health of a nation. As long as sin abounds, they will exist; but we can temper their influence by insisting on judging people righteously, according to their character. I seem to remember someone who once said he had hope for a day when character, not the color of one’s skin, would be the determining factor for one’s worth. We’re going backwards.

The Campaign Meets the Occupiers

The presidential campaign is more than up and running; it’s in high gear. Not only are Republican contenders lining up for the nomination, but President Obama is actively campaigning while officially calling it a “jobs tour.” That way all the taxpayers receive the distinct privilege of paying for it. For Republicans, the goal is clear:

Those who want more fundamental change continue to search for the anti-Romney. They’re not convinced he is the real deal. Yet oddsmakers still put their money on him. Republicans could regret that choice:

I’ll have more to say about that in later posts. The 999 comment, of course, refers to Herman Cain. If he were to get the nomination, that might make it a tad difficult to make the case that Republicans are racist, which is a favorite tactic of the Left:

Cain has been connected to the Tea Party ever since it started. Many in the media are now trying to say that this “occupy” movement is like the Tea Party. Well, there are very few similarities. Even the slogans don’t match:

Not to mention the nature and personal hygiene of the activists. Yet President Obama, on the campaign trail, is now saying, as are many Democrats, that they support the Occupy Wall Street crowd. But there is a disconnect:

By the way, have you heard that the Nazi Party and the Communist Party have officially endorsed Occupy Wall Street? You can know a movement by its supporters.