Not Every African-American Buys the Left's Victim Narrative
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The reality of racism in America has led to nationwide cries for justice as George Floyd's death on May 25th in police custody in Minneapolis sparked peaceful protests, violence and looting.
However, conservative African-American leaders are concerned that the message sent to the nation's black community is victimized.
"In the community, they are currently teaching children to be victims," said Casper Stockham, author, speaker and host of a radio program. "You teach them that the police are bad and if you are out there and walking down the street you will be shot by a police officer."
Stockham's concerns were confirmed by three other conservative African American activists at the Centennial Institute's webinar on Thursday entitled "The Sin of Racism and America's Promise of Equality".
CJ Pearson, the youngest voice in the webinar at the age of 17, spoke clearly about his disgust at the efforts of the far left to politicize Floyd's death and to use the tragedy to advance their own agenda.
"Let's just be honest. Let's call it disgusting, because that's exactly what it is," said Pearson, founder and president of Last Hope USA, a nonprofit that promotes civic education, and added, "You have Antifa living in black communities go and burn those churches down. That's a problem. They use his death to do that. "
Pearson, who turned 18 on July 31, also criticized the left for not providing real solutions to racism and violence, but for defusing the police, an idea he described as "not even a serious argument" .
Biff Gore, a pastor and singer, pointed to police unions because they were not exposed to police brutality.
"It's the unions," said Gore. "The unions must act against rogue police officers."
Pearson and the others were aware that racism was unfortunate, but said the Americans shouldn't forget about the country's progress.
"I believe there is racism, but I also believe that it will die out in our country," said Gore. "And if something goes extinct, do you know what happens? There is a fight. Racism is fighting to stay alive, but it cannot because we are serving a powerful God. "
Gore said Black Lives Matter is an "established organization" that belongs to the groups that fuel a harmful racist narrative.
"If they really took care of it, they would be in the hood to stop the black-on-black crime," he said. "Second, they would be outraged by the abortion mills genocide in the black community."
According to the FBI, 2,870 African Americans were murdered in 2016, and other African Americans were responsible for 2,570 of these murders.
Bound4LIFE, a pro-life advocacy group, estimates that 37% of all abandoned babies are black and another 444 are abandoned for every 1,000 babies born.
America faces a serious racial problem and at the end of the day this problem boils down to sin, Gore argued, saying that the Church must be part of the solution because it ultimately has the answer in Jesus Christ:
The Church must be on the side of mercy and justice. The church must stand on the side of wound healing. ... This thing happened to George Floyd. It was awful. ...
But then someone tells me how to mourn. Someone says "take a few stones and destroy things" and I say that's not the way we want to do it. This is not how we should mourn as Christians. We fight on our knees by praying. We fight through changes in the law, but not with violence. Violence is never the way.
"There is only one race, humanity," said Gore, who described his own experience of racism when he joined the army as a young man. “On the first day in the military, a guy called me the N word and we had an argument. I remember calling my father and my father said, "Son, you can either learn how to fight [with your fists] or how to fight by learning from the people around you."
Gore's father instructed him to relate to those who looked different from him and promised that these connections would find more similarities than differences.
He took his father's advice and the man he fought with that day became one of his best friends, Gore said, because "he could show him that love conquered everything."
"And I could also show him that I was his friend," said Gore.
Unfortunately, not all experiences with racism end up in changed hearts and minds, Gore said, which is why a spiritual revival is ultimately required.
The leaders spoke of their own efforts to speak to those who were hurt and angry after Floyd's death as they tried to take steps toward a reconciled America.
"As Christians, we know that we have to meet the needs of the people in this community," said Antonia Okafor Cover, an arms rights activist and founder of EmPOWERed, a second amendment advocacy group for college women. "You won't listen to us if we just go there and say," See, you have to change your mind on the subject. "
Even though Okafor Cover was six months pregnant, after Floyd's death, she traveled to Minneapolis to speak to people in the community and see for themselves what was happening there.
"It was really an advantage to be there," she said, because instead of all the unrest in the media, she saw churches and others come together.
During her stay in Minneapolis, Okafor Cover said she tried to explain the importance of the second constitutional amendment to individuals and to help people understand the self-defense aspect of the weapons debate.
"But they were so much more open to my message when they first saw that I was helping clean up the area when I was worried about their livelihood," she said.
Real changes cannot take place just by words, Stockham said, and changes in color communities require what he calls "SPARK": system, plan, access, resources, and knowledge.
"Someone wants us to start a racial war," said Gore, "and that won't happen because I think most people in this country look beyond stupidity." The awakened people have kidnapped us, but if we stand on the Word [God], which is more powerful than anything else in this universe, we will overcome it. "
This article by Virginia Allen was first published on June 15, 2020 in The Daily Signal.
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