Posted by: morgan1965 | September 6, 2015

Praise God: Black Lives Matter

In recent months, there has been a plethora of articles on the subject of “Black Lives Matter.” Some of these articles have sought to explain and espouse the meaning of the phrase. Other articles have criticized the phrase and the movement associated with it. In the midst of this controversy, there has been an interesting response asserting that “all lives matter.”

A recent New York Times editorial (9-3-15) by the editorial board is titled “The Truth of ‘Black Lives Matter,’ and shares this insightful observation: “The Republican Party and its acolytes in the news media are trying to demonize the protest movement that has sprung up in response to the all-too-common police killings of unarmed African-Americans across the country. The intent of the campaign…is to cast the phrase “Black lives Matter” as an inflammatory or even hateful anti-white expression that has no legitimate place in a civil rights campaign.”

The African American segment of our society is not anti-white, but it is emphatically against the violence that continues to be inflicted upon unarmed African Americans. The drum major for justice, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other courageous people fought valiantly against this kind of violence. The editorial further states that “the civil rights movement was intended to make Congress and Americans confront the fact that African-Americans were being killed with impunity for offenses like trying to vote, and had the right to life and to equal protection under the law. The movement sought a cross-racial appeal, but at every step of the way used expressly racial terms to describe the death and destruction that was visited upon black people because they were black.”

We live in turbulent times when violence against black people continues to abound. Dr. King spoke about the value and worth of every human being. He sacrificed his life on behalf of justice for black Americans. His work and ministry, however, brought a greater degree of freedom from violence to all people. Yet, there is a new movement, “Black Lives Matter.”

Historically, in this country black people have been ignored, abused, disenfranchised, segregated, and lynched. The editors correctly observe “that the lives of black citizens in this country historically have not mattered, and have been discounted and devalued.” Some people might indeed be ignorant of this history, so the editors make a bold statement: “But politicians who know better and seek to strip this issue of its racial content and context are acting in bad faith.
They are trying to cover up an unpleasant truth and asking the country to collude with them.” It is the truth that will help to set us free.

I will not collude with them!

The Black Lives Matter movement will not collude with them!

The churches must not collude with them!

Dr. Martin Luther King in his eulogy for the young victims of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing made a profound theological statement (September 18, 1963). King said that the martyred children had something to say to every minister, every politician, every governmental entity, every African American and to every person, black or white.

Dr. King called for the substitution of courage for caution. “They say to each of us, black and white alike, that we must substitute courage for caution. They say to us that we must be concerned not merely about who murdered them, but about the system, the way of life, the philosophy which produced the murderers. Their death says to us that we must work passionately and unrelentingly for the realization of the American dream.”

Think about it! And do not collude with them!

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