I don’t believe systematic racism is a myth. I do believe our culture has conditioned us to be fearful of blacks, regardless of whether or not we realize it. But I also believe majority of Cops go into the position hoping to make a difference and not to wrongly harm others. There are Cops I know who I would absolutely trust with my life. I don’t want my kids to fear Cops if they are ever in a place of danger and need help.
That being said, there is an undertone of systematic racism that has colored our history. I don’t think most people even realize they harbor feelings of it in themselves. I didn’t. Being raised in a small town, with little diversity, did not prepare me for becoming a multi-racial mom. I was bombarded with my own prejudices, prejudices I didn’t even realize I had.
I know I’m not the only one, and I do believe people of all occupations have the same prejudices as well. The black community is not safe until we address and change those prejudices. Prejudices that exist because we still take pride in the side of history that fought against equal rights of all persons in the United States.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t emphasize that even though everything right now is unstable, God is still good. He is still good when all that we count as comfort (or maybe just norm) has been ripped away. He is still good even though we are still having to address racism 60 years later. He is still good when uncertainty lingers and everything feels broken. George, Breonna, Ahmaud, and countless others, who have lost their lives due to racial injustice have ultimate hope that doesn’t lie in me or you.
Until then, we have been given a command to mourn with those who mourn. (Including the Cops trying to do right). And to stand for righteousness and justice, regardless of popularity.
“Let us examine together the Word of God, and then you will know what has moved me to sacrifice property and friendship, and home and reputation. With Christian patience and Christian love, give me your attention to the end of this letter, whilst I endeavor to show you that the Holy God disapproves American slavery.” –William Brisbane, Abolitionist
As I learn more about history, it always surprises me how much history repeats itself. As a Christian, who has adopted and fostered and has a multi racial family, it has surprised me how many people (some Christian) have thought I’m speaking up for things that aren’t actually a Christian’s concern.
While slavery isn’t the known social injustice in today’s time period, there are many other prevalent social injustices still evident. You may be someone who chooses to put your head in the sand and say “that’s just the way it is”. That doesn’t stop it from existing. People made excuses for slavery, but that didn’t make it right. If you are a Christian, especially, you have a duty to speak up for the marginalized and the down trodden.
For one, we have to be careful to try to not break our lives into “categories”. It’s a dangerous thing to say “God belongs in this part of my life but not that part of my life”. God is ruler of the world and that does not exclude the entirety of your life. Every single part of our life is meant to bring honor and glory to God, no area being excluded.
We also can see in the Bible that Jesus was very much involved in breaking social norms while he walked the earth. We see him giving respect to women (which wasn’t done often in those times). They were seen as people that didn’t really have a voice and should just do what they were told to do. He sat with “publicans, harlots, and sinners”. People complained when Jesus went to Zacchaeus’s house because they didn’t think he was worthy of entertaining the presence of Jesus.
We should be a voice for all injustices in the world (as they accord with the Bible). We need to not be so concerned with popularity, our reputation, or our own things when it comes to giving a voice to what is right. We need to believe that we are all part of one family and act as such.