The Topic No One in the Media wants to Discuss

So what would happen if the Democratic Nominee for President is Pete Buttigieg and in November he ends up facing Donald Trump for the Presidency.  To date, unless I have missed something, I have yet to hear anyone in the mainstream media address the “elephant in the room.”  They have mentioned his age and lack of experience and even his dubious record with the African American community in South Bend, but no one has mentioned the fact that he is “Gay.”  

Are we serious if we think this will not matter in America?  It seems almost irresponsible for the press not to have addressed the issue when you stop to consider that Barack Obama’s race and Hillary Clinton’s gender all were issues that the press delved into during their runs for the presidency.  Is it wrong for it to be discussed and/or addressed as an important issue that voters will consider when they decide whom they will select as president?  Of course it’s not wrong.  If you think that when someone draws that curtain, they will not take that into consideration when they make their selection for President of the United States, you are delusional.

Your age, race, religion and life experience will all be important factors in determining how you make your decision.  Generationally, sexual orientation will probably be less of issue for millennials and new Generation Z voters, who have grown up in a more gender neutral society. But that will not be the case for Gen X, Boomers and older.  The older we are, the more race, religion, education and social standing will come into play to inform our decisions.

There are two factors I would like to discuss in determining the decision that older generations will make.  They are race and religion and how they converge.  As an African American, it has always been the case that our community has been a mixed bag.  What do I mean?  African American’s have for the most part been socially liberal because it has been in our best interests.  It has always been the civil rights African American  that are least upheld and most in jeopardy in our society.  Therefore African Americans have always been on the front lines of standing up for civil liberties and equal protections under the law.  

Yet, at the same time the African American community has had a history of being religiously conservative.  African Americans are noted for their fidelity to whatever religion or faith tradition they are members of.  To this assertion, the noted historian John Henrik Clarke says, “Black people will out-Catholic the Pope.”  In the case of gender issues and sexual behavior, African Americans have been very conservative in their views.  And when it comes to the gay and lesbian community, some might even characterize Blacks as bordering on being homophobic.

This notwithstanding the fact that in the African American arts, there is no small representation of gay and lesbian artists who perform as actors, musicians, singers, ministers-of-music, etc., in our community.  It is quite a contradiction when you consider how intolerant we are publicly while privately allowing known closet homosexuals to regularly participate and lead out in our midst.

So how do we handle the presidential candidacy of Pete Buttigieg and his possible Democratic Presidential nomination?  Does his gay status disqualify him from being president?  And should a Christian refrain from voting for him on that basis?

Let’s look at the arguments for not voting for him.  I have already seen posts on Facebook quoting Biblical texts that call homosexuality an abomination before the Lord.  I will not dispute any texts of scripture and will not engage in such discussion.  I will simply say the Bible calls many things an abomination to the Lord, such as: “Lying lips,” “Adultery,” “Eating certain unclean foods(Fish, Fowl, four footed creatures),” “consulting numerologists” or “horoscopes,” “the devious,” “haughty eyes,” “shedding innocent blood,” “being a false witness who utters lies,” and the list goes on and on ad infinitum.  Suffice it to say all sin is repulsive and detestable to God.  I might add, when you really look at what is most abominable to God, those things that deal with lying, deception, falsehood and deviousness, are mentioned far more often, than any of the sexually deviant behavior that we tend to single out in the scriptures.

Based on this knowledge, why does Pete Buttigieg’s gay status disqualify him from a Christian’s vote, while Donald Trump’s pathological lying, adultery, xenophobia, sexism and racism does not disqualify him.  Are not all these acts abominable to God? Can someone explain the duplicity? Does God categorize sins this way?

Paul explains it like this, he says, “What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin. As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.”—Romans 3:9-12 NIV

When the woman caught in adultery was brought to Jesus and the priests and rulers asked him to render a verdict against her, his response was, “He that is without sin, let him cast the first stone.” 

One final word.  The wise man makes an interesting statement about the things that are detestable to God.  This is what he says: “There are six things which the LORD hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that run rapidly to evil, A false witness who utters lies, And one who spreads strife among brothers.”—Proverbs 6:16-19 NASB.  Now here’s the question.  If those are the seven things that are an abomination to the Lord, whom does it sound like the wise man is describing, Pete Buttigieg or Donald Trump…

THEY JUST DON’T GET IT…

For the past three days President Donald  John Trump has taken center stage on the National platform.  First it was his State of the Union Address and then his “Press Conference” in the East Room of the Whitehouse. In both instances Trump held what could be best described as self-promotional pep rallies, rather then Statesmen like addresses to the national.  There was no contrition or even an attempt at some kind of innocent naïveté on his part for his impeach ordeal, but instead the continued bold defiance that he had done nothing wrong along with vicious mean-spirited verbal attacks against those who brought him to account, characterizing them as “horrible people.” 

But what struck me most was the analysis of Trump’s antics by most of the mainstream press, Fox News excluded.  For the most part their analysis sought to portray Trump as a narcissistic, petulant, prevaricator, who is so self absorbed; that he only sees the world as centered around him.  They spoke of how unpresidential and divisive his antics were and how those who opposed him would feel the wrath of his retribution. And while some of those things may be true, I realized that after 3 years of the Trump presidency, they still just don’t get it. 

Okay, sure Donald Trump is a narcissistic pathological liar, but that’s not has been driving his antics over the past several days.  Donald Trump is a CELEBRITY.  He is a PERFORMER.  And if there is one thing Donald Trump knows, he knows the power of celebrity.  Doesn’t anyone remember what he said to Billy Bush in that opened mic when talking about grabbing women’s privates.  “When you’re a star they let you do it.”

One of the interesting things about the power of celebrity is how people will do anything, just to be around them, or say they know them, or want a piece of something that belongs to them.  People seem to lose their sense of reason in the presence of celebrities.  

Have you ever understood why fans scramble to pick up sweaty headbands, wristbands and towels from basketball, or football superstars when they are thrown into the stands after games? Because they were used by a celebrity. You couldn’t pay me to dive for anyone’s sweaty towel no matter whose they are. But that’s the power of celebrity and Donald Trump is a master at understanding its power as a politician.  

He realized it as a candidate when the networks began to follow every one of his campaign stops, when they were attracting thousands of people because of the ratings they were generating. And once Trump realized it he immediately used it to his advantage.  How ironic it is that the news organizations who created the monster are now excoriating him because he won’t play by their rules.

He uses twitter just like a celebrity to communicate directly to his fans and his followers are diehard loyalists.  They don’t just love him, they are in love with him.  That’s why nothing he does will ever change their allegiance to him.  Because when you’re in love with someone, there is nothing they can do, no matter how wrong it is, that will ever break your love and commitment to them.

So what was Donald Trump doing in the East Room of the Whitehouse when he took time to call off the names of every member of the Senate and Congress, make personal comments about them, while affirming them positively and praising them as heroes.  Do you have any idea what it means to someone when a celebrity calls your name, recognizes you, allows you for 15—30 seconds to share the spotlight with him and applaud you for what you’ve done for him.  The looks on each of their faces, as Trump took time to call each of their names, was so powerful that you could not imagine what that did for them.  But Donald Trump knew exactly what he was doing. He was creating memories in each of their minds that would last a lifetime, and it only took him a little over an hour to do it.

And while the press was busy analyzing Trump as a narcissistic sycophant, Donald Trump was creating a room full of zealots who will give their lives in blind support of him to the death, no matter what he does, because people yearn for someone or something meaningful to commit their lives to and follow.  And this is the greatest danger of Donald Trump.  When he said he could shoot someone on 5th Avenue and no one would do anything to him, this is what he was talking about.  He was creating a room full of radicals who would do just that.  And they were not only in the East Room of the White House, they were watching him during the State of the Union Address on Tuesday night and attend his campaign rallies being held across the nation.  While we are psychoanalyzing Donald Trump, he is creating a nation of extremists who will die for him. 

Think for a moment about the last few presidents we have had.  The major difference between the candidates is, one candidate the people may have liked or loved, but the candidate who won was the one his/her supporters were in love with.

Trump—Hillary Clinton

Obama—Romney

Obama—McCain

Bush—Kerry

Bush—Gore

Clinton—Dole 

Clinton—HW Bush, Ross Perot 

Bush—Dukakis 

Reagan—Mondale

Reagan—Carter

As you look down the lists, which one was loved by their supporters and which one was their supporters in-love with them?

One final question, of the Democratic candidates presently running for president, which one could you see yourself falling in love with…Quick somebody better draft Oprah

Donald J. Trump Unrestrained—Uncontrolled—Unaccountable—Who is Responsible?

As I listened to the circumlocutory argument of Alan Dershowitz in his attempt to justify the unconstitutional, self-interest motivated actions of President Trump; I wondered to myself how did we get here?  After over 1,100 days of the Donald J. Trump presidency, who is most responsible for his unrestrained, uncontrolled, unaccountable actions?   

Is it the press, the 4th estate, that abdicated its watch dog position by allowing itself to be rendered powerless and bullied into a fake news oblivion?  Or perhaps the political parties, democrats and republicans who for so long have stood for nothing of significance and sold themselves to the highest special interest bidder, and in the process became an easy mark for a take over by a con artist like Trump?  Or perhaps the average citizens who have become so disinterested and disconnected that no one cares anymore about what happens in Washington; must less the city council or local school board.

Let me suggest another culprit.  May I posit Evangelical Christians and more specifically White Evangelical Ministers. The strongest and most ardent, loyal blind supporters of Donald Trump are White Evangelical Ministers.  Not only do they support him, they have refused to chastise or correct any of his moral failings and inconsistencies.  To the contrary, their rhetoric has instead emboldened him.  And what rhetoric might that be?  It is their constant preaching that Trump has been ordained by God to be President of the United States.  Paula White, President Trump’s “spiritual advisor” has proclaimed her undying loyalty to him publicly and has deemed every attack or criticism against him as an attack of the devil.  She has been joined by a plethora of white evangelical pastors across the nation who make their support of President Trump no secret.  

Some who support him have seen his foreign policy decisions as a fulfillment of prophecy.  One of note is Irving Baxter from “End Time Ministries.”  He has interpreted Trump pulling out of the Paris climate accord and similar global treaties and alliances as thwarting the devils plot to create a “one world system.”  He has said that Trump is being used to dismantle the devils plot to control the world and any opposition of Trump is working in cooperation with the devil.

With this kind of support from Evangelical Ministers, would anyone be surprised if Donald Trump in some twisted way has concluded that no matter what he does, God is on his side?

But Evangelicals are overlooking a glaring flaw.  Donald Trump has a serious problem with the truth.  To date Trump has been recorded to have told over 16,000 false or misleading statements since he began his presidency.  Trump is a pathological liar. Proverbs 12:22 NLT says, “Lying lips are an abomination to The Lord. Another translation says, “The Lord detests lying lips.” How can God use a liar to do his bidding?   Not only is the lying person corrupted, but the activity corrupts others.  Proverbs 25:26 GNB says, “A good person who gives in to someone who is evil reminds you of a polluted spring or a poisoned well.”  And finally John 8:44 NLT tells us that the devil is the “father of lies” and lying is “consistent with his character.”

The blind support of a liar is dangerous to the liar and the one who supports them and thus the dilemma with Donald Trump and White Evangelical Ministers. President Trump may have misconstrued their unbridled support as positive affirmation for any immoral behavior he chooses to engage in, if he believes it advances and solidifies his hold on the presidency.  And while Dershowitz’s serpentine summations may have seemed sinister, the reality is the poisoned pill may have been planted in the mind of President Trump by Evangelical Ministers.

This is why all those called to the ministry must maintain their prophetic office and political independence.  They must always remember to remain true to their calling and speak always and only for God.

When Micaiah the prophet was summoned by Ahab to give counsel concerning a matter of national importance, he was told that the other prophets who preceded him all predicted success for the king.  He was urged to agree with their good report. But Micaiah responded, “As surely as the Lord lives, I can tell him only what the Lord tells me.” 1 Kings 22:13-14. 

THE TRUMP IMPEACHMENT

The Trump Impeachment, what does it mean?

Here’s “Something to Consider.”

Since Donald Trump has assumed the office of President he has systematically attacked the truth.

The result has been the devaluing and dismantling of all truth and all systems that use truth as a check and balance against the presidency. That means the press, the congress, the constitution, the law and any other system that uses truth as a code of ethics have been rendered null and void during his presidency.

Since Trump became president he immediately began an all out assault on the press. His attack has been so successful that the phrase “Fake News” is synonymous with the most prestigious news organizations, both print and media, in our nation. He has polarized the congress so that there is no partisanship and no such thing as compromise. He has undermined all established law enforcement institutions such as the FBI and other intelligence agencies, labeling them as the “deep state,” hence fostering suspicion and distrust of our law enforcement agencies against his office. 

But his greatest assault has come through his daily false communication. Since becoming president Donald Trump’s lies, false and misleading statements, distortions, inaccurate information and misrepresentations have numbered in the  tens of thousands. According to the Washington Post Fact Checker, on December 16, 2019 President Trump’s false or misleading statements reached 15,413.  That is an average of 15-16 lies a day since he became President of the United States.  That literally means, every time the President speaks he tells 15 lies.  We know he does not speak publicly every day so the reality is, when he speaks publicly he tells between 25-30 lies.  He tells so many lies that it is impossible for those responsible with reporting the truth to keep up with correcting him.  This means that the general public has no way of knowing the difference between lies and truth.  And since Trump is the President, by virtue of his office, he is given the presumption of truthfulness, so that even if someone were to say he is lying many people would not believe it.

And the result: today people make no distinction between truth and lies. Even those who believe that truth is important, have given into Trumpism by refusing to attack his assault on the truth.  They have willingly submitted to his habitual lying and have treated his misrepresentations as normalcy. 

So what does all of this mean?  It means that the president has successfully changed the standards of truth, order and ethical morality, into something that no one can recognize in the larger society. This lack of recognition has come from the total confusion of truth and lies.  In Trump’s America, truth and lies are indistinguishable and in many instances have exchanged places. The Bible gives a description of the condition in America today.  It says: 2 Thessalonians 2:9–12 CJB—“When this man who avoids the law comes, the Adversary will give him the power to work all kinds of false miracles, signs and wonders. He will enable him to deceive, in all kinds of wicked ways, those who are headed for destruction because they would not receive the love of the truth that could have saved them. This is why God is causing them to go astray, so that they will believe the Lie. The result will be that all who have not believed the truth, but have taken their pleasure in wickedness, will be condemned.”

We are seeing the words of Paul fulfilled before our eyes with the distortion of truth becoming a lie and lies becoming the truth. And the most tragic reality is that Evangelical Christians are the leading force in support of the man who is the purveyor of lies. They are Donald Trump’s most ardent and loyal apologist’s claiming that he is God’s ordained vessel. 

So how does this relate to Donald Trump’s impeachment and what spiritual implications does it have for us? If truth is a lie and a lie is the truth, then how can an impeachment, a legitimate legal constitutional process be used as a standard to judge Donald Trump? How can any code of ethics be used when truth is a lie and lie has become truth in Trump’s America. It’s all “Fake News.”

Donald Trump has sinisterly and skillfully made it impossible for the nation to use any legitimate legal standard or code of ethics to police him because he has already dismantled the integrity of truthfulness and order in all socio-political areas of our country. He has removed the authority of every check and balance of society by undermining its trustworthiness. And those who support Donald Trump have completely dismissed the reliability of most major news outlets, the legal system and the congress whenever they challenge the actions of Donald Trump. So then how can a free press, the congress and the constitution, effectively serve as a check and balance against the executive branch of our government?

As you listened to the debate on the articles of impeachment, those who defended the President never argued against the facts. And why did they choose this tactic? Because in Trump’s America where lies are truth and the truth are lies, facts don’t matter. Facts are “Fake News.” 

So what spiritual lessons can we learn from the impeachment process? We can learn that we are closer to the end of all things than we realize. Why? Because convincing people with “the truth” is no longer a viable means of achieving reconciliation or presenting the Gospel.  The impeachment process will reveal that reason, truth and common sense are no longer objective approaches to solving problems or convincing people to make rational decisions.  The power of the Holy Spirit will become indispensable to the promulgation of the gospel because mere sensible, sane arguments about “the truth” will become irrelevant and illogical to larger and larger segments of society.  Because the false has become true and truth has become false, the anointing of God’s Spirit will be more necessary  than ever before. And that spiritual outpouring will need to be reflected in an irresistible love and selfless service for others that has not been seen known or experienced since the early Christian believers who turned the world upside down. No more talk, no more debate, no more Facebook post arguments, just action…

In the words of a well-known aging actress from the famous classic movie, ALL ABOUT EVE, “Fasten Your Seatbelts, It’s Going to be a Bumpy Ride. 

LeBron, Daryl Morey & Colin Kaepernick & Free Speech

It began with what seemed to be a harmless tweet that read, “Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong.”  But upon further investigation it was discovered that the tweet was a known slogan associated with the pro-democracy protesters of Hong Kong seeking justice and freedom from communist China.  The tweet came from Daryl Morey, General Manager of the Houston Rockets, the team of former center and Chinese icon Yao Ming and because of the team’s many connections to China through Ming the tweet seemed misguided and insensitive.  Quickly the owner of the Rockets distanced himself from his general manager’s tweet, stating that the comments did not speak for the organization followed by similar statements from Morey, who made it clear that the tweet was his own and not the organizations. 

What began as a seeming harmless tweet quickly became a national incident with geopolitical implications as the government of China began to pull the plug on scheduled NBA games while several NBA teams were in China for the contests.  With billions of dollars attached to various business ventures in China the implications of such a rift with the government could be quite costly not only for the league but several individual athletes and business industries with lucrative ties in China.  The NBA Commission became flustered going back and forth with statements that seemed to be neutral on the tweets but finally supported the time held principle of free-speech that is honored in America in support of Morey. And then things went sideways when LeBron James was asked to comment on the incident and the tweet of Morey.  LeBron’s comments portrayed a position that suggested he was critical of Morey and his tweet, calling it misinformed and Morey uneducated.  And now the incident has become an opportunity to once again shift the focus from Daryl Morey to another African American male, namely LeBron James.  

Many, particularly conservatives, have castigated James for his unAmerican stance of refusing to support Morey’s tweet of those seeking democracy in Hong Kong and the sacred right of free speech in America.  And here is where I find this criticism of James to be ironic and hypocritical at the same time.  

Have we all forgotten someone named Colin Kaepernick who in the United States exercised his right of free speech by silently and non-violently protesting against the killing of unarmed innocent African Americans?  Where were the chorus of voices supporting his right to free speech from conservatives in his behalf?  Why did they not come forward to support Colin Kaepernick, when he was taking a knee during the national anthem in protest?  Conservatives seem more concerned with the free speech of the democratic freedom fighters in Hong Kong, than an African American who exercises the same right here in America.  No, LeBron James is not the issue, Colin Kaepernick is the issue.  He still is unemployed and still sits at home while quarterbacks with much less talent play for NFL teams in America today.

Whatever you may think about LeBron’s comments, if you truly believe he was wrong and out of line to mischaracterize the tweet of Daryl Morey and fail to support his right o free speech, then you must stand in support of Colin Kaepernick.  To do less is to reveal your own bias and hypocrisy.

“President Twitter”

Of the 25 hardest jobs the world, the position of President of the United States is listed at #20.[i]  But if you ask John Dickerson he would disagree with this ranking. In the May 2018 issue of The Atlantic, Dickerson calls POTUS “the” hardest job in the world.[ii]  With its ever-expanding responsibilities, 327 million citizens to represent, 2.1 million federal employees and four trillion dollar budget can anyone dispute Dickerson’s claim.  And when you add to that the eight major responsibilities of the president as:(1) chief of state, (2) chief executive, (3) chief administrator, (4) chief diplomat, (5) commander in chief, (6) chief legislator, (7) party chief, and (8) chiefcitizen, the President’s plate is pretty full.

And while there may be some disagreement about which job is more difficult, few would argue the fact that no one person has more world influence than the President of the United States. Every decision a president makes, whether they like it or not, will have a ripple effect far beyond themselves and each choice can impact the nation or world socially, economically, politically and morally.  Because of this, it behooves us to be concerned about how the president uses that kind of influence. It raises serious questions about the president, his priorities and the issues that warrant his attention each day. As such, it is reasonable for Americans to expect its president to be extremely judicious, cautious and wise in what will occupy his time.  This raises serious questions about the President’s use of twitter and the content of his tweets.

Personally, I believe President Trump has revolutionized the way that national figures communicate with the American citizens and has completely eliminated the press as the conduit of information between the politician and the people. Whatever you want to call it, with his use of twitter the president has dismantled and undressed the press by reaching the general public directly with his tweets and in so doing, bypassed the news media completely. In my view the press still has not recovered and a significant segment of the population no longer relies upon the 4thEstate as its gatekeeper for information on politics.

With that said, in my humble opinion, the issues that should gain our greatest concern is the frequency and content of the president’s tweets, and what it says about how he uses his time. On an average day the president tweets between 11-12 times.  That averages out to about 4,178 tweets per year.[iii]  During his first year in office, from January 20, 2017, to January 19, 2018 President Trump sent out 2,548 tweets according to the Trump Twitter Archive.

Have you followed the content of the president’s tweets? He has engaged in back and forth jousts with various critics from the news media, the entertainment world, to sports figures and league issues, to politicians, etc., etc. He has given his personal critique of various television programs and/or performers. He has engaged in hurling insults at those whom he deems his “enemies” or “critics.” He has used his tweets to insight racial and immigrant insensitivities. There seems to be no topic that is off limits as subject matter for his tweets from the sublime to the ridiculous.  And every now and then some public policy issue will make his tweets.

His latest attack zeroed in on LeBron James and Don Lemon, and the inauguration of the I-Promise public school that James was instrumental in opening. While some have pointed out the derogatory racist and sexist remarks that the president has consistently directed towards non-whites and women in challenging their intelligence; my focus is somewhat different.

I wonder why it is that few seem to ever question the president’s stewardship. Can anyone justify the amount of time the president spends tweeting about the topics, personal diatribes, conflicts, obsessions and biases that he publicly discusses and what it says about how he does his job? Can anyone at any job, no matter what job it may be, engage in the amount of tweeting that the president engages in, about topics that have nothing to do with his/her job and remain employed?

What does the president’s tweets say about how he spends his day? Who has time to watch interviews with Don Lemon? Do you? Has it cross anyone’s mind to question how President Trump spends his day? Is he in the West-wing with 20 screens watching TV all day? The president has at times called into some television programs to respond to certain issues when his name has been mentioned in the discussion. Is this what we elect a president to do? To spend his day responding to every criticism leveled against him on television or social media?

My final point, think for one moment of what American’s would be doing or saying if Barack Obama spent one scintilla of time tweeting during his presidency about the issues, subjects, people and personal conflicts that President Trump has engaged in. Think of what Fox News, Trumps main cheerleader, would be doing if Obama were doing this amount of tweeting.

I wish I had a job where I could spend my day tweeting all day long…Don’t you…

[i]Zambas, Joanna, Top 25 Hardest Jobs in the World, careeraddict.com., October 25, 2017.

[ii]Dickerson, John, The Hardest Job in the World, theatlantic.com, May 2018.

[iii]Lyons, Joseph D., “How Many Times Does Trump Tweet A Day? The President Basically Lives On Twitter.”

Why The President of the United States and White America Denouncing Unequivocally The KKK, Neo-Nazi’s, The Alt Right Movement & White Supremacy, is so Important to The American Democracy & Why Christians Must Be Unified and Cannot be Silent.

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Why The President of the United States and White America Denouncing Unequivocally The KKK, Neo-Nazi’s, The Alt Right Movement & White Supremacy, is so Important to The American Democracy & Why Christians Must Be Unified and Cannot be Silent.

There are two aspects to this important issue that must be addressed and that cannot be overlooked. They overlap and intersect. The first is America and why America must fully address what transpired in Charlottesville, Virginia unequivocally and denounce White racial supremacy. The reason is very clear. The United States from its very inception was founded on the premise of white supremacy. Before America became a nation, its founders owned slaves and wrote into the Constitution of the United States a 3/5th clause that explained why they were not giving citizenship to the slaves they owned. The document in its Declaration of Independence states, “That all men are created equal and are endowed by their creator with the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” It was obvious that they did not consider the slaves they owned to be “men” fully equal to themselves, hence the reason they were not entitled to the rights they were writing for themselves in the Constitution. Instead they created a 3/5th clause in the constitution to explain the status and position of the African American slaves they owned, why they were not entitled to the freedoms they possessed and how they would be calculated in their census and electoral processes.

The American Judicial system further established this notion of white supremacy with two landmark decisions. The first is Dred Scott v. Sandford in 1857. In the Dred Scott case, the Supreme Court ruled that Scott had no standing in the court to sue for an equal position with a White Citizen. The court ruled that a “Black man had no rights that a White was bound to respect.” In other words, because Dred Scott’s ancestors were slaves, he was not considered equal to a white man and no right to even bring a lawsuit against a white man. It was like a horse or a dog trying to sue a human for equal protection under the law.

The Second is Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896. The Plessy case, which was ruled on by the Supreme Court after slavery, established the separate but equal principle in America and solidified Jim Crow in the South, which continued the legal system of White Supremacy after slavery.

The Third and most destructive act was when President Woodrow Wilson screened the movie “Birth of a Nation,” by D W Griffith at the White House in 1915. It was the first screening of any movie in the White House and after watching the film Wilson was quoted as saying, “Like Writing History with Lightning. My only regret is that it is all so terribly true.” This tacit approval by the President of the United States gave credence to the false message portrayed in the movie. Birth of A Nation was one of the most racist movies ever produced in American History.  It depicted Blacks as barbaric, sex-crazed freedmen that terrorized and disenfranchised cowering whites during reconstruction. It showed Black men overtaking South Carolina’s judicial system and legislature, swigging whiskey, eating fried chicken on the floor of the State House and attempting to rape white women. Amidst this backdrop, the Ku Klux Klan was depicted as heroes saving the south from these craze barbaric Black men, riding in their white hoods and terrorizing the African American community. This movie gave carte blanche and legitimacy to the Klan, the Aryan nation and public lynching of African Americans across the nation for decades without the benefit of equal protection under the law.

I could go into the legislative history of the country and how in order to pass New Deal legislation, African Americans’ were systematically excluded from its benefits on the premise of preserving the “Southern Way of Life.” If you are interested you can gather this information from a book by Ira Katz Nelson titled, “When Affirmative Action Was White.” In the book Nelson details the compromises President Roosevelt made with Southern Dixiecrats in order to pass his New Deal legislation and garner their votes.

All of these are just a few, but I believe the most obvious reasons that America, the President of the United States and White America must unequivocally denounce all forms of White Supremacy, the KKK, Neo-Nazism and racial hatred. America’s 350+ year history of systemic white supremacy demands it.

But as Christians there is an even greater reason. The notion that any race, culture or human is greater than another is an offense to God and contradicts creation. God is the one who created humanity. Genesis 1:27 NIV says “God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Then verse 31 says, “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” In God’s creation there is no room for any distinction, rank, notion or position of one human above another. Such ideas are antithetical to the original plan of God. All humans are created in the image of God. There is no such thing as one race, culture or nationality being superior to another and any such notion is an affront to the belief in creation. All of those who fight against evolution and Darwinism should be the greatest opponents to any notions or ideas of racial inequality because of their basic incongruence with creation.

There is a second reason that notions or ideas of racial superiority are so dangerous from a Christian perspective. Psalms 8:5 say humans were created a little lower than the angels, and crowned with glory and honor. A more accurate translation reads, NASB “Yet You have made him a little lower than God, and You crown him with glory and majesty. In other words only God is a greater than humans in the created order. Therefore, when another human claims a position above another human, they are assuming for themselves the position of God, for only God is above humans in the creation order. It is blasphemy for a human to assume a position above another human and believe him or herself superior to another race of humans. No human has the right or authority to assume a position above another human other than God. This is the reason we are warned strongly against assuming the place of God in Revelation 13.

We are all God’s children, created in His image equal to one another. Any notion of human supremacy or superiority is a deception of the devil and must be vigorously opposed and denounced by all Christians as a reprehensible evil that contradicts the creation order and an affront to God. The Apostle Paul said it best in his apology on Mars Hill in Acts 17:24-26 NASB 24—“The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; 25—nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; 26—and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation.”

At a time in earth’s history when humanity seems to be more divided and segmented along every conceivable line there is no more important time for Christians to speak unequivocally with one voice forcefully and morally against any notion of racial, national or cultural superiority. We as humans have nothing to boast in or to be proud of. Our only boast and pride should come from and be in Jesus Christ and Christ alone. It should not be in any race, nationality, culture, color, creed or any human invention or creation.  As Christians the gospel message is our only hope is in Jesus Christ and Christ alone.

May we as Christians come together and with one moral voice and choose divine love, unity and equality and reject all forms of racial superiority and hatred.

“ADAM & ERIC, Something In Common After 40 Years”

On May 1, 2017 during a very ordinary day at Fenway Park, Adam Jones the centerfielder for the Baltimore Orioles, was subjected to a stream of racial epithets from the stands. Vulgar, degrading and demeaning words laced with the N-word came in his direction for no apparent reason other than the color of his skin. Jones could not pinpoint when the barrage of vulgarities began, which included a fan throwing a bag of peanuts in his direction, and though this was not the first time he has been subjected to such treatment by Fenway’s faithful, Jones said this time he was “compelled to speak out.”

Joneses experience is not isolated or unique. According to Chris Young an African American teammate of Jones, “It happens to Latin guys, as well, or anyone who’s different from whatever the norm is considered to be. But it’s very upsetting…that it happens in environments where you’re surrounded by 35,000 other people, you have kids in the stadium. This kind of stuff is passed down. Hate is taught.”[1] When CC Sabathia, of the NY Yankees heard about the Adam Jones incident, he reflected upon his own experiences in Boston. Sabathia said Boston is the only place he has heard the N-word.

When I heard of the Adam Jones incident, I had a similar remembrance about Boston as CC Sabathia. It was not about an experience of my own but of a friend from my youth. His name was Eric (pseudonym) a friend that I grew up with who attended a Christian academy in the mideastern part of America. The incident ironically happened nearly 40 years ago in 1977. He was then a high school student, one of twelve, who was on a class trip to Boston to view some of the historic sights of the city. He and his group of twelve along with their two adult chaperones had just left visiting the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown. As they were waiting for a bus to take them back to their hotel a car with five white males pulled up and assaulted them with golf clubs, hockey sticks and an axe handle. It is ironic and tragic that the Bunker Hill Monument was erected on the site of the first major battle of the American Revolution and on this day my friend and his classmates would be the subjects of a battle with the opposite intent. I was in college at the time when the news came to me. It was very disturbing to hear, but what I did remember was, somehow the public transportation came at about the same time as the attack and my friend Eric heroically pushed several of the young ladies into the bus, away from harm, while he and the other young men took several of the undeserved cowardly blows.

The postscript of the story was the attacked African American academy students were invited back to Boston and wined and dined by the “Black” Deputy Mayor Clarence Jones, who later that evening took them to the Shubert Theater, where they saw “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide—When The Rainbow Is Enuf,” an all‐black play that moved to Boston from Broadway.[2]

Three of the five white males responsible for the attack were arrested and tried, but as you might imagine an all-white jury acquitted them after deliberating nine hours. And why do you say were they acquitted? While the victims were able to pick out their attackers in line-ups for their arrests, local residents did not corroborate their identifications. According to the reports at the time, “several residents who witnessed the attack testified at the trial, but all of them said they could, not identify any of the assailants.”[3] Sounds familiar doesn’t it. This is a scene that plays and replay throughout African American History in our country. Someone Black is victimized, but no one white seems willing to stand with the Black victim in court and convict a White perpetrator.

When the Adam Jones incident happened, while the person who threw the peanuts at Jones was found and ejected from the ballpark, the fans that hurled the racial slurs were never identified. When the Jones incident was brought to the attention of upper management and the ownership of the Red Sox, there were profuse apologies and renunciations but nothing that would be considered a real deterrent to the actions. The Red Sox President Sam Kennedy said, “We want to make sure that our fans know, and the [Boston] market knows, that offensive language, racial taunts, slurs are unacceptable,” “If you do it, you’re going to be ejected…you’re going to be subject to having your tickets revoked for a year, maybe for life. We’re going to look at that. We haven’t made any firm decisions, but it just can’t happen.” Strong words but as usual, no real definitive decision from Kennedy. Ejected yes, tickets revoked for a year…well okay…lifetime, maybe. We’re going to look into it, no firm decisions. This is how it usually goes. And after the outcries die down and things go back to normal all of the push for change is forgotten and Boston remains Boston.

So what are we to make of Adam and Eric? How are we to handle all of this? When any incident of white racial misbehavior occurs, we in society are quick to isolate the action as a singular moment of one sicko or yahoo who has not developed or matured into a whole or sane human being. We are quick to say the guilty party does not represent the majority of the White community. But if they don’t, then why do the sickos continue to persist with such consistent regularity?

Why is it that forty years later since the late 70s when white racist attacked Eric and the students of that Mid Eastern Academy, that not much has changed? Why is this kind of behavior still tolerated and allowed among those in the white community? Why do the silent majority still remain silent in the face of the persistent, consistent incidents and acts of racial insensitivity such as what Adam Jones experienced at Fenway Park?  Can we truly say, such incidents do not reflect upon the entire community when silent accomplices continue to continence such reprehensible behavior?

When we look at the long history of White racism in America from the early inception of this nation, before America became America, when it was 13 colonies bound by slavery fighting for its liberation from English dominance, can we truly say that America is not a racist nation? What happened in Boston is a microcosm of the country at large.

Racial inequality IS Americas original sin. It defines whom America is and has been etched in the pages of the US Constitution, the nations first official document of record.

For centuries America has soft-pedaled and downplayed its racists history when speaking of the founding fathers that authored articles declaring all men being created equal, while themselves owning slaves. We have tried to excuse this duplicity by calling them products of their time. But there were contemporaries of the founders who during the same time refused to own slaves, spoke out vehemently against slavery and challenged their hypocrisy. Individuals that our history books regularly and conveniently exclude from American history.

There have been several books written about this history that no one ever discusses or reads. Books that detail how slavery and Jim Crow segregation has significantly advantaged and advanced the cause of Whites in America to the extent that we see the gross economic and social disparities that exist today between Blacks and Whites and yet you still hear that somehow Whites are losing ground to Blacks and immigrants. In what century and on what planet is this myth happening. Two books that I will mention and urge you to read are “The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism,” by Edward E. Baptist. The second deals with what happened after slavery, during the New Deal era, when legislators, principally Southern Dixiecrats, systematically legislated African Americans out of almost every New Deal program to preserve what they called the “Southern way of life.” The book is titled, “When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America,” by Ira Katznelson.   These two books are must reads in order to gain a more balanced realistic perspective about America.

The real issue at the core of the problem is what these ugly incidents of race allow Whites to have. It allows a comfort zone of racial ugliness that no one is ever responsible for. Neither the perpetrator nor the accomplice is ever held responsible their behavior. The perpetrator feels no shame or retribution for his/her actions, because the White community protects them with a “White Wall of Silence.” No one ever comes forward to hold them accountable for their actions or punish them with ostracism, severe discipline or reprisal of any kind as a deterrent. What is the penalty to a white person for the kind of misbehavior meted out against Adam Jones and my friend Eric? Can anyone tell me?

This is what White privilege affords you. It allows you to live with and retain your most insidious evil racial behavior without any penalty, ostracism, guilty or shame. And in some instances it serves as an enhancement because allowances are always made for incidences of white racism. People are quick not to paint the entire White community with a broad brush and are always defending the honor of the “good” White people. But the time has come to call all Whites into account for the indiscretions of the few, because the many are the reason the few continue to persist and obtain. As long as the “White Wall of Silence “ exists no one can be held guiltless.

Some weeks after the Jones incident when Lebron James’ home in Los Angeles was vandalized by racial epiteths, I was listening to the Michael Kay show podcast; a well-known NYC shorts talk show. Kay voiced his strong consternation for this despicable act. He wondered why someone believed they had the right to do such a dastardly thing to another human being. His co-host Don La Greca gave his point of view sharing his incites that focused on the individual act of a horrible person that for some unknown reason had gone off the deep end. But then their third host, Peter Rosenberg, a younger millennial, brought a different perspective. One that was broader and more comprehensive. He began to talk about the history of racism, how it was systemic and that the action of this person was not as isolated as the older hosts were portraying it. He saw the actions of the vandal as symptomatic of a larger American racial problem that they all were responsible to address. His older co-hosts became somewhat quiet to his angle of the problem. While they were willing to vilify a single white knuckleheaded yahoo, they were slow to see the issue as a corporate systemic community problem. They were unwilling to address the ‘white wall of silence’.

What is the White wall of silence? It is a wall that is erected when all-white grand juries refuse to render an indictment against a fellow white police officer who has been videotaped killing an unarmed African American male, merely because the white, armed trained police officer, who has taken an oath to serve and protect every citizen claims, “he feared for his life,” even when the unarmed African American male is a young child playing in a public park. Or a white juror who can not bring him/her self to convict a white police officer who is videotaped shooting an African American male in the back while running away from him and then afterwards, tries to plant a weapon on the shot Black victim’s person.

For every white yahoo that hurls a racial slur at Adam Jones or attacks and terrorizes my childhood friend Eric and his classmates, there are 10-20 other “normal” fair-minded whites that know them, tolerate them and do nothing to make them feel any sense of disenfranchisement or ostracism. Their indifference and benign neglect becomes an assent.

But there are those who feel no obligation or responsibility to intervene in situations that do not involve them. They take the Cain approach and ask, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” For those who take such a position, I will share two texts of scripture. The first is in Exodus 23:2 NTL, it ways —“You must not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you are called to testify in a dispute, do not be swayed by the crowd to twist justice.” And then for those who try to stand as silent bystanders and do nothing, Proverbs 24:12 says NLT—“Don’t excuse yourself by saying, “Look, we didn’t know.” For God understands all hearts, and he sees you. He who guards your soul knows you knew. He will repay all people as their actions deserve.” The Message is even more emphatic. It says—If you say, “Hey, that’s none of my business,” will that get you off the hook? Someone is watching you closely, you know— Someone not impressed with weak excuses.” There is no such thing as a neutral zone for Christians when it comes to acts of evil perpetrated in our midst. We are expected by God to stand for what is just and right and against sin and evil.

Behavior modification is gradual and subtle. It is much like the adjustment your eyes make when you go from a bright atmosphere into a darker environment. When you enter a darker room at first you cannot see very clearly but eventually yours eyes adjust to the dark and your vision becomes very clear. You can never believe that closing your eyes to evil will not eventually cause you to become the very thing you give assent to.

So the day after Adam Jones revealed his experience in the outfield at Fenway, before his first at bat, the fans gave him a standing ovation. What a nice gesture. Something we’re big on in this country. But has Boston changed? Will the racial intolerance that has been a strong staple in some segments of Boston ever cease or at least be given no quarter of tolerance? Of course not. As long as the White Wall of Silence remains, Boston will still be Boston and Adam and Eric will still be linked, etched in my memory for all times by another horrific senseless unnecessary racist incident that the White community continues to support by its silent appeasement.

On June 12, 1987 as the Cold War was waning, President Ronald Reagan traveled to the Western Berlin Wall to make a historic speech. The Reagan administration was known for staging impeccable events that took advantage of the president’s oratorical skills. Reagan was known as the “Great Communicator.” And regardless of what your political affiliation, President Reagan was a great speechmaker. It was a part of his mystique and influence as an effect leader. Well, President Reagan stood on a podium at the Brandenburg Gate and with crowds before him, waving American and West German flags, he announced to the Soviets, “General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, TEAR DOWN THIS WALL!”

Well I would like to make a similar appeal to all of my Anglo brothers and sisters today who have been supporting the “White Wall of Silence,” that has been erected and maintained for centuries in America…I say to all of you lovingly and passionately, “If you truly seek peace, harmony, unity and racial reconciliation. If you truly want justice to flow like a river and righteousness as a mighty stream, then TEAR DOWN THIS WALL!”

[1] Lauber, Scott, espn.com. May 3, 2017.

[2] Associate Press, Boston, November 16, 1977.

[3] NY Times, 3 Acquitted in Assaults on Blacks, December 7, 1978.