America is in trouble. Some say we are at the start of the Second Civil War. Leftist America-haters, always quick to use any reason to denigrate America, took advantage of a scandalous, shocking, and shameful crime in Minneapolis to protest, i.e., destroy, burn, loot. As of today, downtown Seattle has been taken over by arrogant Black Lives Matter (BLM) revolutionaries who have demanded the mayor resign.
No, not a farce, no, not a South American nation but in the USA! And leading politicians and media people still think it is about racial injustice.
For the record, I’m for the fair and equal treatment of everyone. All corrupt cops should be held accountable and jailed if guilty of illegal activities. I believe strongly in the right to protest. I have protested as a citizen and as a member of the Indiana House of Representatives against officials (mostly Republican colleagues) because of misuse of power against Christian schools.
I must first establish my bona fides for me to speak to this issue. As a Christian, I believe no one should be mistreated, and I must treat everyone the way I want to be treated. The most evidence to be used against me was when I went into the rundown store in Wayne County, West Virginia, owned by “Uncle Charlie,” the only black man in the county. As a nine-year-old innocent, I stood at the candy counter and pointed to the chocolate covered candy drops saying to Charlie, “I’d like to buy five of those nigger-toes.” That was what I always heard them called.
That was the time when Booker T. Washington became my hero after I read his Up From Slavery. I was as innocent as the driven snow.
There, I have admitted it for the first time, but I never used the offensive term in derision or hate, so you do not have a race card to play. My grown children never heard me use that term. Their black friends at the Christian school I ran were always welcome in our home. It didn’t matter, and it never occurred to me that we were doing something unusual in having black guests. They were simply friends.
I would be delighted to have Ben Carson, Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, Clarence Thomas, or Lloyd Marcus as a neighbor. Not being privileged to have as a neighbor one of the aforementioned blacks, I do have a black neighbor. One Sunday morning, I drove down our driveway, and on the street, I saw water spewing into the air near the water meter. I also saw two neighbors, one white and the other black, digging at the spot where water was shooting out. They had noticed and started to work on repairing it for me. They knew I was totally incompetent about things like that and knew we were ready to leave for church. When we got home, the repair had been made.
It didn’t matter to me what color my neighbors were, where they went to church, whether they were liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican.
My wife and I don’t just talk about helping blacks, but we have given thousands of dollars to black friends who have specialized ministries in America and the West Indies, to support blacks in African nations of Zambia, Liberia, and others. We helped blacks in devastated Haiti and in providing water wells in African villages.
I wonder how many white liberals, who often pull out the race card, also pull out their checkbook to actually help blacks. Their lack of support would not surprise me because leftists are the biggest hypocrites, gasbags, and phonies alive.
So, I have a lifetime of not caring about race when it comes to friends, neighbors, or co-workers. But, the main reason I can’t be a racist is that I have a minority daughter-in-law and two sweet interracial grandkids.
There, I’ve just ripped up your race card; however, the racists will try to put it back together. I will be castigated by my critics as being a racist. However, I might be wrong; I might be ignorant; I might be unkind or thoughtless, but I am not a racist. You have no race card to play.
Now, to speak to the issue of low-lifes using protesting as an excuse for hooliganism and rioting.
Americans have been awakened, agitated, angered, and appalled at the killing of Floyd, and that includes me.
I’m appalled that everyone has been so quick to make a judgment without knowing all the facts. Yes, it looks bad, very bad, but I want to know the whole story. No one has suggested that everyone involved could be wrong! Floyd, the four cops, even the bystanders who were too intimidated to physically confront the police.
I’m appalled that innocent, legal protesting by whites and blacks became an excuse to burn, loot, and destroy over 300 stores, thereby destroying the jobs of innocent people. It is obvious that it is not a skin problem but a sin problem.
I’m further appalled that the same thing has happened in scores of other cities when low-lifes used the tragic death of Floyd as an excuse to steal from others—often Blacks. Floyd was sent to prison five times for possession of drugs, armed robbery, and possession of cocaine. He was released from prison in 2014 and left for Minneapolis to work with a Christian group. At his arrest, he was high on illegal drugs, dropped a bag of drugs, used a fake $20 bill, resisted arrest, and died as a result. Not the actions of a “hero” or an “example.” Of course, none of his offenses deserved the death penalty. Nor does his death make him a hero.
I’m appalled that far-left opportunists have made a hero and martyr out of Floyd even portraying him with wings and a halo. First of all, people who go to heaven go there only by trusting in the death and resurrection of Christ, not by good works, turning over a new leaf, baptism, or joining a church. Humans don’t become angels, but additionally, angels don’t have wings or have a halo.
Pastor P.T. Ngwolo, of Resurrection Houston Church, who held services at the projects, said, “I have hope because just like Abel is a Christ figure, I see my brother [Floyd] as a Christ figure as well.” Ngwolo may speak the truth at times, but he spoke blasphemy then.
I’m appalled that Blacks have been kicked in the teeth, often by other Blacks, for centuries. If black lives matter, what about the millions of innocent black babies aborted? What about the many black youths who drop out of high school and get involved in drugs? What about 70% of black babies born without a father.
I’m appalled that a professor said looting was not really a crime but is an “expression of power,” and mistreatment of Blacks justified the looting and burning. And very few criticized the jerk who said it.
I’m appalled at seeing police officials, even a couple of chiefs, FBI agents, U.S. military, and politicians abasing themselves in support of the protesters. They are not grieving but groveling to BLM hooligans. And it’s appalling to hear them reject and ridicule All Lives Matter. It was appalling to see the mayor of Minneapolis grovel, kneel, and sob for a full minute at a Floyd memorial service, but the mob was dissatisfied with his humiliating gesture and ridiculed him. The mayor is so uninformed not to know that such bullies are never satisfied.
I’m appalled that Minneapolis and other city officials are so stupid (sorry, but no better word) as to close down their police departments to be replaced with social workers. Don’t these officials know that black neighborhoods make seven times more distress calls for help than do white neighborhoods?
I’m appalled that irresponsible civil rights leaders still use Travon Martin, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and Freddie Gray, as black heroes. However, all had not learned a simple lesson: don’t resist a man with a gun. Yet, their family and friends always portrayed them as being loving, always there, unselfish, having a great future, etc. All of them were dumb as a post and were not good examples for others to follow.
I’m appalled any principled person would propagate the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!” scenario since it did not happen and was the catalyst for BLM fanatics. Leftists continue to assert that Michael Brown was gunned down by a white cop as Brown held up his hands to surrender. No, Brown was reaching for the cop’s gun, so he was not only a thug but a stupid thug. BLM came out of that incident, all based on a lie. Yet, dishonest people still call BLM a civil rights group.
BLM are cop-killers who chanted “Pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon!” at the Minnesota State Fair. Following the death of Eric Garner, BLM protesters chanted, “What do we want? Dead cops. When do we want them? Now!”
As I see it, Black Lives Matter is a domestic terrorist group.
I’m appalled that alleged Evangelicals like Christianity Today refused to tell the truth about Floyd but did a distorted puff piece headed, “George Floyd Left a Gospel Legacy in Houston.” No, he left a life of crime in Houston. CT characterized Floyd as “a person of peace who…opened up ministry opportunities in the Third Ward housing projects.” Without mentioning his very long rap sheet, the magazine said, “But in Houston’s Third Ward, they know Floyd for how he lived for decades—a mentor to a generation of young men and a ‘person of peace’ ushering ministries into the area.” He would be remembered as “a mentor to a generation of young men and a ‘person of peace.’”
With no similarity to reality, the piece declared, “The people who knew him personally will remember him as a positive light. Guys from the streets look to him like, ‘Man, if he can change his life, I can change mine.’” But Floyd had a multi-year history of criminal activity that had put him in prison five times. He may have been a temporary example for a while after his last release from prison but he reverted to his life of crime and is no example for anyone.
I’m appalled that civil rights leaders take advantage of every shooting, fair or unfair, of a black person. Such losers as Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Louis Farrakhan have built financial empires on the backs of poor blacks, and the media and others sit down with them and treat them as successful celebrities. In reality, such men are only a step above the New York and Chicago Mafioso who sold protection to mom and pop businesses in the first half of the 20th century. If a businessman didn’t want “protection” his leg was broken. If he refused a second time, both legs were broken. If resistance continued, his store exploded.
See, he should have bought the protection. That is the business civil rights leaders are in. They are selling protection but wearing $1000 suits and $400 shoes.
Black leader Booker T. Washington wrote, “There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs—partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays.”
It does pay and very well. And I’m still appalled.