Martin and Zimmerman: Missing the Point
There is another class of coloured 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. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.
I am afraid that there is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don’t want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public.
Booker T. Washington
An angry man stirs up strife, and a furious man abounds in transgression. Proverbs 29:22
The two most disappointing aspects of the Martin/Zimmerman saga are these: 1) The shamelessness of the race-baiters, and 2) The naiveté of at least some Christian spokesmen.
Disappointing, I said; but not surprising. But what makes this worse is the direct connection between the two. And yes, I said direct connection.
The two most corrosive race hustlers on the scene are, can you believe it, “reverends.” Yes, I’m talking about the “Reverend Jesse Jackson” and the “ReverendAl Sharpton.” If these two are real reverends, the term has definitely lost any meaning.
But here’s my real question: Why haven’t the most visible Christian spokesmen called these two frauds out for what they are? Why is that left to ‘conservatives’ in the print and broadcast media?
These two (and they are not the only ones) hypocrites couldn’t care less about Trayvon Martin. Where were they when his own mother kicked the budding wannabe thug out of the house?
Where were they when young Trayvon’s family was completely breaking apart?
And, where are they as black-on-black crime soars way out of control?
Answer: Right where they’ve always been: Preening for the photo ops. They are shameless.
But here is what is worse: There are far too few evangelical leaders who are willing to call out the race-baiters. In fact some, through a dizzying lack of knowledge of the actual case,should have kept their mouths shut.
Meanwhile, the results of Trayvon Martin’s broken home exemplify what we can all expect of the next generation of failed and fatherless homes: More crime, and less character.
And, in the end, the ignorance of the biblically defined family is the real cause here. If our evangelical leadership can’t call out hypocrisy, it should at least scream bloody murder as the family disintegrates.
The breakdown of the family is the real poisoning of the societal bloodstream. Sharpton and Jackson? They’re just the boils on the skin.
~ Joel Saint