Skip to comments.The ‘racist’ confrontation in DC: 3 biblical responses
Posted on 01/23/2019 7:10:31 PM PST by SeekAndFind
Nathan Phillips is a Native American who attended the Indigenous Peoples March in Washington last Friday. He told the Washington Post that he was there to beat his drum while urging participants to “be strong” against colonialism.
According to Phillips, a throng of young, mostly white teenage boys, several wearing “Make America Great Again” caps, swarmed around him and began to chant, “Build that wall, build that wall.” One of them “blocked my way and wouldn’t allow me to retreat,” Phillips said.
He told the Detroit Free Press a different story. This time, he said that the students became upset by a group of Black Israelites. “They were in the process of attacking these four black individuals,” he said. So, “I put myself between beast and prey. These young men were beastly and these old black individuals was their prey.”
Phillips stated that the students had a “mob mentality” that was “ugly, what these kids were involved in. It was racism. It was hatred. It was scary.”
Video of the event went viral. News outlets around the country condemned the students. One image of a student with a Make America Great Again cap smiling at Phillips became an icon for the event. Filmmaker Michael Green tweeted: “A face like that never changes. This image will define his life. No one need ever forgive him.”
Now we know the rest of the story.
Longer videos emerged showing that the incident actually started with Black Hebrew Israelites (BHI) members. According to Christian apologist Ryan Turner, this group believes that black people are the true Israelites from the tribe of Judah.
In their view, white people are “conspirators who attempt to persecute the black people and hide their true identity as Israelites.” Many view white people as “almost subhuman” and are known for shouting profanity and condemning people for their allegedly false beliefs.
When BHI members began shouting racial slurs at the students, they asked their chaperones for permission to “begin our school spirit chants” to drown out the hecklers.
According to Nick Sandmann, the student in the now-viral photo, Phillips then came toward the group with his drum. He “locked eyes with me and approached me, coming within inches of my face” and “played his drum the entire time he was in my face.”
Sandmann states, “I did not witness or hear any other students chant ‘build that wall’ or anything hateful or racist at any time. Assertions to the contrary are simply false.” Videos from the event bear out his statement.
Sandmann adds: “I am being called every name in the book, including a racist, and I will not stand for this mob-like character assassination of my family’s name. . . . One person threatened to harm me at school . . . My parents are receiving death and professional threats because of the social media mob that has formed over this issue.”
The Catholic school which Sandmann and the other students attend closed yesterday “due to threats of violence.”
We could discuss the media bias reflected by coverage of this story, but that’s an issue I hope to address in tomorrow’s Daily Article. For today, I’d like to focus on the racism inherent in the event and its coverage.
BHI members assumed the white students were racist because they were white. Some in the media did the same, apparently because the students were wearing Make America Great Again hats and one seemed to be confronting a non-Anglo man.
According to a recent poll, 64 percent of Americans believe racism is a “major problem” in America. While only 7 percent of white Americans say they have been treated unfairly in a store or restaurant based on their race, 40 percent of black Americans have experienced such discrimination.
In a culture with such a persistent problem with racism, it’s unsurprising that many would assume racial prejudice in the students at the Washington event.
But that’s unfair, both to the students and to the larger narrative we need to address.
God’s word clearly calls us to love every person as unconditionally as he loves us (John 13:34; Galatians 3:28). It is obviously wrong to assume racial motives in others while ignoring them in ourselves. Instead, we should take three biblical steps:
One: Search our own heart. Racism is a way to feel superior to others, a temptation we all face. Ask the Spirit to show you any attitudes, assumptions, thoughts, words, or actions that are racist (John 16:8).
Two: Take the cultural initiative. Choose proactive, positive steps to be the salt and light Jesus calls us to be (Matthew 5:14-16). Build relationships across racial and cultural divides to incarnate the holistic love of Jesus.
Three: Be the church. Legendary Dallas pastor Tony Evans: “One of the real tragedies today is that the Church as a whole has not furthered God’s light, equity, love and principles in our land in order to be a positive influence and impact for good in the midst of darkness, fear and hate.”
Dr. Evans is right. Condemning the racial divisions in our culture is not enough. We must each do what we can to bridge them personally.
What is God’s next step for you?
NOTE: For more on today’s topic, please see my paper on our website, Racism in America: It’s time for the church to be the church.
Alas, The author forgot to add these:
THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOR.
Also, he forgot to add Jesus’ teaching in John 7:24:
“Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.
Black dysfunction is to blame for negative views of blacks. The crime rate is pretty definitive on this issue. It’s not like its white people in black face doing all the killing and raping in Baltimore.
Liberal bullies are arguing that the mere accusation or suspicion of being non-PC (white, conservative, male) is justification of abuse and violence against them.
It is a return to mob violence and social moral codes having equal weight to crimes like rape and murder.
That is the same tribal morality code Islam uses to justify killing the atheist or convert from the faith, because their actions are an affront, an assault on the entire community.
It is this moral code, that equates violations of social rules with literal assault, that justifies killing the critic of Islam and weaponizes the lynch mob to kill someone merely accused of such. The actual guilt of the person is irrelevant, because they can say the intense, immediate punishment ensures no one else violates the rules ... the death of the falsely accused is outweighed by enforcement of the rules by fear.
Theyre legitimizing mob violence and defining said triggers for mob violence. Instead of cries of witch or infidel, it is MAGA. Instead of killing someone for blasphemy against a religion, it is for uttering conservative hate speech.
Blacks, as a group, are off-the-charts violent.
They commit homicide at a rate seven times that of non-blacks.
Not 10 percent more often. Not 50 or 100. But 600 percent more often.
The status of blacks will improve when they improve.
A response to each of his cherry picked stats:
1. People with black-sounding names had to send out 50 percent more job applications than people with white-sounding names to get a callback.
Response: Blacks overwhelming commit crime in this country. Why should a business owner be forced to take a bigger risk than they have to?
2. A black man is three times more likely to be searched at a traffic stop and six times more likely to go to jail than a white man.
Response: I repeat. Blacks overwhelming commit crime in this country. Why should a police officer be forced to take a bigger risk than they have to?
3. If a black person kills a white person, he or she is twice as likely to receive the death sentence as a white person who kills a black person.
Response: Show me this stat and I suspect I will show you that the circumstances of the murder satisfied the death sentence requirements.
4. Blacks serve up to 20 percent more time in prison than white people for the same crimes.
Response: Show me this stat. Did they not get time off for good behavior? Maybe that is the point you are deciding to conveniently leave out.
5. Blacks are 38 percent more likely to be sentenced to death than white people for the same crimes.
Response: This is a repeat of number 3 and shows this author is trying to pile on by rewording the same item.
Liberals/Leftists love to cherry pick stats to support whatever ends that demand. In short, they use stats to lie.
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