Skip to comments.Black Pastors to Members: Be Aware and Beware Zimmerman Verdict
Posted on 07/25/2013 4:25:47 AM PDT by YourAdHere
Rev. John K. Jenkins, Sr. looked out at the congregation of First Baptist Church of Glendarden and sighed.
Less than 12 hours after jurors in Sanford, Fla., found George Zimmerman not guilty in the fatal shooting of unarmed Black teenager Trayvon Martin, he was having trouble coming to terms with the verdict and what it meant for justice, and righteousness, or the lack thereof, in this country.
Though the church celebrated its annual Music and Arts Ministry on July 14, Jenkins had a heavy heart. His topic for the day was Directions for Troubled Times.
I was speechless, Jenkins told his audience about his reaction to the verdict. It took the breath out of me.
Jenkins said he found particularly disturbing statements made by one of Zimmermans defenders. I heard the mans lawyer say he did nothing wrong I heard the killers lawyer say [Trayvon] used the concrete as a weapon.
At one point, tears began to roll down his cheeks.
Even for men and women accustomed to explaining evil and wrong, the verdict that freed Zimmerman proved difficult. Jenkins and several other pastors from Baltimore to the metropolitan Washington area decried the verdict July 14 and urged their members to understand that the verdict indicated that Black life was not as valuable as White life, despite some race gains over the last 50 years.
While some Americans believe the verdict delivered by the six-woman jury was just, many Blacks found it implausible that the jurors could acquit Zimmerman in the 2012 slaying of Martin, 17.
Rev. Dr. Beryl Whipple, pastor of Asbury United Methodist Church in White Marsh, near Baltimore, said he was not surprised by the jurors decision.
This is a wake-up call not just for America, but for African Americans, he said.
This is a call to finally put an end to the senseless violence and be active in their community to make sure a tragedy like this never happens again.
Whipple, like Jenkins, heard the verdict on television.
I was watching CNN at home, he said. I dont think he was innocent Zimmerman killed a minor. In this case, we missed the mark on our opportunity for justice. I can only assume they came to that verdict based on their own life experience .They sided more with the community watch patrol officer than the young man trying to get home.
Rev. Grady Yeargin, pastor of City Temple Baptist Church of Baltimore, preached in a hoodie, the morning after the verdict, as did Rev. Tony Lee, pastor of Community of Hope AME Church in Temple Hills in Prince Georges County.
Trayvon was wearing a hoodie on the night Zimmerman reported him to police as a suspicious person, then followed, fought with and fatally shot the youth.
"When you have great progress, there is always great pushback, Lee told his congregation. We want to act like we're in this post-racial society where everything is Howdy, howdy and everything is all good. Just because you found you have a Black woman, Black man, Black baby girls, a Black dog and a Black grandmamma in the White House, you thought it was a post-racial society."
Several pastors said they believe race figured in the verdict, just as it did in the shooting and the investigation by law enforcement officials in Sanford, Fla., where Martin was killed.
Trayvon was racially profiled from the beginning to the end of the case, Whipple said.
With this verdict, it showed that in the 21st century, we havent really moved forward as we should have it terms of racism, he said. We didnt have justice in this case.
Like Jenkins, he took offense at the idea that Trayvon had assaulted Zimmerman during the fight that ensued after Zimmerman refused a police dispatchers order to stay inside his car and followed and confronted the youth. Trayvon was returning to his fathers home in the community after going to the store to buy snacks.
Travon Martin was trying not to get shot, he didnt use the concrete as a weapon, Whipple said.
At Turner Memorial AME Church in Hyattsville, the Rev. William H. Lamar IV asked his members to call out the names of the Black men they lovechildren, brothers, fathers, uncles, cousins, etc.
Im very clear that this nation continues to tell us that America does not value Black flesh the way it values the flesh of others, Lamar told the AFRO after the service. My whole context was that our ancestors were true freedom fighters, but we are asleep at the wheel. We have confused civil rights victories with the ultimate victory of the freedom struggle. And [Supreme Court Chief] Justice John Roberts told us in the recent decision [on the Voting Rights Act] that they do not even intend to let us keep our civil rights.
Jenkins, who preached from Psalms 27:1-6, urged his members to continue to praise through the troubled times, as well. The congregation, led by the male chorus and praise and worship team, sang a lengthy rendition of Psalm 3:3 from the Bible.
For thou, Oh Lord, are a shield for me. A glory and the lifter-up of my head I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who set themselves against me round about, they sang.
Be encouraged and continue to pray, Jenkins told his members.
Although the world is ugly, we serve a beautiful God.
Teria Rogers contributed to this report.
Race Baiters never ‘get’ the truth. They only ‘get’ the need to elect their marxist overlords and to say whatever has to be said to make that happen.
Which makes their explanations of evil and wrong suspect.
Whites found it implausable obama could be re-elected.
They could also tell their little kiddie-pooos not to bash in the heads of armed men—OR ANYODY ELSE, FOR THAT MATTER.
The Black Man didn’t get to be the killer.
These “people” are not even the same species.
Whites also find it implausible that a 17 year old could shoot a baby in the face.
Let’s forget, of course, the white folk who are killed by Black folk. Just keep pushing that racism and keep America divided. The Zimmerman-Martin incident was indeed unfortunate but it happened when odd circumstance came together. Zimmerman wasn’t gunning for a Black man. That happens in Chicago and other inner-cities, but that happens when the gun is held by a Black hand. Blacks who have achieved success have done so with plenty of white support and are admired for their successes. They have failed to listen to Black leaders and Democrats who for years have told them they are inferior and have no opportunity in life, hence the welfare check and government programs. Democrats need Blacks to be subservient and it’s amazing the Black population hasn’t figured that out.
in their mind, if it’s not the outcome THEY want its wrong.................and obviously racist.
Makes me kind'a wonder if black's have an uncanny sense of whom to abort and whom to allow to live.
I think they're killing George Washington Carvers by the aborted drove and allowing Hitlers to roam the world.
You can start by having your young men pull their pants up, keep their peckers inside them, learn to speak english, relize making babies is not a sport, understand that being black is not a cause, have them learn to appreciate real music, see that air-humping to music is not 'dancing'..... I could go on.
Why doesn’t this pastor preach to his church members to be good parents and to teach their children right and wrong? Or more importantly, why doesn’t he stress the need for people to no commit crimes in the first place?
I’m tired of the race baiters acting like Trayvon was shot in the back while he was innocently walking home from a candy store.
“a Black dog”?
Dogs have races? Who knew?
Trayvon should NOT have broken George Zimmerman’s nose.
Trayvon should NOT have given George Zimmerman two black eyes.
Trayvon should NOT have repeatedly slammed George Zimmerman’s head on the pavement.
Trayvon should NOT have gotten suspended from school for possessing traces of marijuana.
Trayvon should NOT have stolen 12 pcs of ladies jewelry, and a mans watch.
Trayvon should NOT have kept a flat head screwdriver described as a burglary tool, in his backpack.
Trayvon should NOT have had a criminal past of theft, hiding and acting suspicious.
Trayvon should NOT have encouraged ... fellow thugs to commit murder with the tweet, Plzz shoot da #mf dat lied 2 u!.
TRAYVON MARTIN: - Hey, are you following me?
GEORGE ZIMMERMAN: - Ummm, yes.
TRAYVON MARTIN: - May I ask why?
GEORGE ZIMMERMAN: - Well, uh, we've had a number off robberies in this neighborhood lately, and I don't recognize you...
TRAYVON MARTIN: - Oh, well, I'm Travon Martin, I'm spending the summer at my uncle's in unit 12. I expect you'll see a lot of me this summer.
GEORGE ZIMMERMAN: - OK, thanks, good to know. I'm George Zimmerman, by the way.
They shake hands.
TRAYVON MARTIN: - No, thank you for keeping an eye out for your neighbors!
As a White-Swedish-Irish-German-English-American I too feel the pain and shame that America has brought upon my people.
Apparently the good reverend has no knowledge of the hate that lives in young men who chose the gangsta life style. When a man of God is deceived by the devil, it’s sad for mankind and most of all for the Black community that hold him in high regard when he reinforces the “we ain’t done nothin wrong” mantra.
Maybe Jenkins should have paid attention to the trial. Maybe Jenkins should acquaint himself with the facts of the case. Maybe Jenkins should remind himself that assault and battery is a crime, and that nobody is obliged to submit to criminal assault.
OTOH, half the population is below average. Maybe Jenkins is in that half.
I wish these A-holes would all just grow up! I’m so suck of their constant whining and complaining!!! How about preaching a little self co.truly and personal responsibility to that flock if your “Rev”?