Why Does Everything Have to be About Race?

When everything is about race, we miss the critical issues that we so desperately need to address.

NBA star LeBron James at a Washington Wizards vs. Cleveland Cavaliers game on November 18, 2009 at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

By Michael Brown Published on August 17, 2017

I’m not minimizing race issues in America or denying that racial inequalities remain. And I recognize that all of us are, to some extent, products of our environment and upbringing. But why must everything be filtered through the lens of race?

Clouded Perception

During my early days on talk radio, when Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were competing in the Democratic primaries and John McCain was the Republican frontrunner, I began to interact with what the candidates were saying.

One day I took issue with McCain, and another day Obama. To my shock, after I had differed with Obama, a caller asked me, “Why do you have to bring up race all the time?”

Race? Who said a word about race? Where did race even factor in?

When I asked the caller what she meant, she explained, “It seems you’re always bashing Obama.”

Of course, I hadn’t been, which I was easily able to document. And I also mentioned to her that there were some black candidates whom I liked, just as there was some female candidates I liked. My issues with Obama and Hillary had to do with their policies, not their race or sex. In a heartbeat, I would have voted for a strong black or female candidate who shared my convictions.

But no, it seemed that my explanations were not believed. Everything had to be perceived through the grid of race (or, at other times, sex). Why?

Was there a reason this woman heard my criticism of Obama as if it were race-based? I’m sure there was, based on her own unique life experiences, which I’m not minimizing. I’m simply saying her perception of me was wrong; her judgment was clouded.

My Criticisms of White Guys Aren’t Seen as Racist

Last night, I posted an open note to LeBron James on our Facebook page, respectfully taking issue with some of his comments about President Trump. And I encouraged him to step higher and promote unity, just as I have encouraged the president to do.

My post had nothing to do with race, nor was race on my mind as I wrote. Within minutes, though, in the midst of affirming comments from people of color, others began to question my motive in writing. “It’s because you don’t like it when a black man speaks up.” Where in the world did this come from?

Is it too much to ask that we step higher, that we give the benefit of the doubt, that we take things at face value, and that we make the real issues the real issues?

Over the years, I’ve written numerous open letters, doing my best to be redemptive and trying to make every relevant situation into a teachable moment.

Did I write my Open Letter to Bruce Springstreen because I don’t like it when a white man speaks up? Is this why I wrote open letters to well-known figures like Jim Wallis or Tony Campolo or Joel Osteen or Donald Trump, all of them white?

Obviously not. The issues were ideological or theological or political. Whiteness had nothing to do with the discussion.

Why, then, does everything change when I write an open letter to a well-known black figure? Why is it suddenly about race?

Give Race the Attention it Deserves, When it Deserves it

During the 2016 primaries, I probably wrote as many articles critical of candidate Trump as I wrote about President Obama in the previous eight years combined. Why, then, were my criticisms of Obama perceived as race-based while my criticisms of Trump were not?

Should I assume that, when white journalists criticize Dr. Ben Carson, it’s because they’re jealous of his accomplishments as a black man? Or perhaps when black commentators criticize President Trump it’s because they’re bigots? To make such assumptions is perverse.

Do we all have blind spots that unconsciously color our thinking? Sure. But there are some things that we do know, and for others to question our motivation based on their personal perceptions is to engage in the kind of sinful judgment Jesus warned against (Matthew 7:1-5).

If someone has a track record of bigotry and bias, so be it. But if they don’t, let’s not project our bigotries and biases on them. To do so is to miss the critical issues that we so desperately need to address. It’s also to engage in a dangerous game that none of us want played on us.

Is it too much to ask that we step higher, that we give the benefit of the doubt, that we take things at face value, and that we make the real issues the real issues? That way, when race is the issue at hand, we can give it the attention it deserves.

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  • Paul

    ” But why must everything be filtered through the lens of race?”

    Because it is lazy and convenient.

    • Mensa Member

      … and Dr. Brown is making a false claim.

      • Michael Gore

        Pretty much the only claim made the whole article is that his criticisms are not motivated by race. I couldn’t really find a single claim made that wasn’t personally about himself. Just about everything else is raising questions. So are you saying the false claim is that he is racist when he says he isn’t or did you just read the article hearing what you wanted to hear?

        • Mensa Member

          The obvious false claim is in Paul’s quote: “everything is filtered by race.”

          This line of argument deflects from the real, deep and current problem of systemic racism in America. Worse, it puts the blame on blacks!

          It basically goes like this, “Yes, there might still vestiges of racism but the real problem is that blacks think everything is about race. They need to get over it and let us move on.. “

          • Concerned Christian

            wow, i should have just said that! 🙂

          • Dean Bruckner

            If you had, you would be responsible for the false teaching being put out by MM, and would receive the same judgment.

          • Hmmm…

            He’s smarter than that. He’s not a rat or mouse to go after such cheesy bait.

          • Dant e

            Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. (God the Son – Matthew 5:9)

          • Concerned Christian

            Amen! 🙂

          • Concerned Christian

            well, i’ll let MM speak for himself which he does quite well.

            i will say that the one thing that I’m not afraid of is thinking. I love studying the Bible and listening to sermons. What I’m sharing with you is from my heart/spirit.

            I may be wrong but it’s certainly not intentional. I believe as you read the Bible, the people we read about did just that. They used their brains in conjunction with their spirits, They weren’t always right but neither did God punish them.

            MM was spot on in what I responded too. Now we both may be wrong and God may indeed punish us. But I don’t believe God tries to find ways to punish us for using the one thing that he blessed us with that makes us different from animals!

          • Hmmm…

            Hey, a punishing God is foreign to my understanding of the response to a seeking heart combined with an inquiring mind. It is wonderful, and he is doing great things with you. I love good teaching out of the word also. It’s almost a hobby. I have favorites, of course, but endeavor to be led to what focus and where. You have faith, and that is a crown jewel and most rare …

          • Concerned Christian

            🙂

          • Hannah

            Wow, that’s quite racist of you, Mensa, to keep making this about black people. All Dr. Brown said was why is LeBron making this about race, yet suddenly Dr. Brown’s the racist? Seriously, do you have *anything* else to fall back on? Heck, I’d take a “he’s mansplaining” excuse over this “we’re all racists for not agreeing with a black man’s opinion” crap. Why can’t you be like the rest of us and at least try to be colorblind? We’re all one in Christ, so quit stirring up strife where there isn’t any.

          • Concerned Christian

            The moral of the story is shut up and don’t complain. if racism isn’t seen with a president who refuses to denounce the endorsement of racist groups, then clearly it’s not an issue. Yes, they endorsed him right after his uplifting speech on Tuesday.

            We should drop all conversations on race and sexism because we might offend the people who aren’t racist or sexiest.

          • Dean Bruckner

            You should see through the idolatrous Marxist ideology that has seized the Democratic Party and the Progressive movement, and ground your beliefs not on sand, but on the rock of God’s infallible word.

          • Bryan

            “This line of argument deflects from the real, deep and current problem of systemic racism in America.”

            “If someone has a track record of bigotry and bias, so be it. But if they don’t, let’s not project our bigotries and biases on them. To do so is to miss the critical issues that we so desperately need to address. It’s also to engage in a dangerous game that none of us want played on us.

            Is it too much to ask that we step higher, that we give the benefit of the doubt, that we take things at face value, and that we make the real issues the real issues? That way, when race is the issue at hand, we can give it the attention it deserves.”

            I think you must have missed this part of the article where Dr. Brown says the same thing you said.

          • Dean Bruckner

            “Systemic” racism is a false, Marxist construct and is false teaching on the true nature of man. You again trot out this self-refuting nonsense, saying in one breath that racism is the fault of the system and the fault of the individual. In this case, it must be either/or.

            Drop your Marxist idolatry and worship the true God as he directs in his infallible word.

          • Hmmm…

            It is not blacks saying that. It is their “Masters,” the liberal leftist Dems who use them for their own ends. Blacks are much exploited by liberals.

          • Paul

            I took his remark as a purposeful exaggeration as opposed to being literal.

          • Michael Gore

            It seems to me if everyone would just get over it and move on, it wouldn’t be a problem. In America, no living person has ever owned slaves, no living black person has been a slave, and nobody owes anybody anything. I fully reject any half-brained claim that I, because I have a certain color of skin, am a certain way, or owe some sort of apology or debt to anybody else because of the color of their skin.
            As long as the race peddlers on the left continue to tell the next generation how much race matters, then this problem will continue. It use to be that people actually yearned for the same thing that MLK Jr. did, that people “will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character”, but it seems leftists still oppose that dream. How sad

          • Hmmm…

            Race peddlers for sure; it’s obvious the way they continue to open the wound and pour salt in it. You are right; white people are now being judged by the color of their skin. Those who criticize do the same thing. But the evil of division that they deliberately sow is to their account.

      • Dean Bruckner

        You don’t believe in truth and falsehood. You can’t, since your are a de facto Marxist and a Progressive, all of whom deny an absolute reference point for truth.

  • Concerned Christian

    Well for me, as I went through the military, college and into the professional world, it was always funny how whites would ask me why more blacks couldn’t be like me. At that time, i excused it because it was in the eighties/nineties. I was spending time around whites that had never spent time around blacks.

    When Obama was elected, i really thought things had changed. To my horror, the attacks on him were not racist, but politicians certainly used racist dog whistles. Things like blacks voted for him because he was black, or because he was going to give us things. It was also because of white guilt. He was of course not born in this country. Dr. Brown go back and look at what you’ve written about him. It’s not racist but it is condescending.

    To make it worse the guy who would represent the republican party to replace him was not a christian men, not a decent men but donald trump. Add to it that prior to him running for president, people already considered him to be a vulgar racist. This seems to be lost on conservative Christians.

    After he gets elected racist groups are praising him. I’m not sure why we’re not suppose to look at this through the lens of race?

    Another point, i will make is that all non-white groups have to find a way to fit into white male dominated society. Because of this, you don’t always know our true feelings when condescending, sexist, or flat out racist comments are made.

    So when a Lebron James makes a comment it seems to be out of left field. However, in reality he has the financial freedom to make comments that most non-white male professional cannot. This not only includes blacks, but women, Hispanics, and Asians.

    • Mensa Member

      Excellent reply. I hope Dr. Brown reads it and grows spiritually on this issue.

      • Mensa Member

        Note to The Stream editors — please carefully read “Concerned Christians” beyond-excellent comment and consider asking him or her to write an article. You dearly need that kind of balance here.

        • Dean Bruckner

          Take your “balance” back to your Leftist websites. Truth, love, faith and obedience are the currency here.

          “You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. So I advise you to buy gold from me–gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also buy white garments from me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see.” — Jesus, in Revelation 3:18

          • Mensa Member

            >> Truth, faith and obedience are the currency here.

            Concerned Christian nailed the truth part.

    • m-nj

      >> whites would ask me why more blacks couldn’t be like me

      you mean, because you seemed to be taking personal responsibility and not playing the race/victim card?

      As i’ve posted elsewhere. the general correlation of minorities with left/liberal politics, and the opposite with non-minoritues, is at the heart of the issue.

      as a white male, I would have supported Condeleeza Rice, Herman Cain, or Colin Powelll (before he turned Democrat), and did support Dr. Ben Carson early on… BECAUSE OF THEIR IDEALS AND POLICIES, and totally irrespective of their skin color. And I opposed essentially all of what Obama did for the same reason.

      Minorities need to realize that most of those who “oppose” them do so based on what they believe and who they support (and their respective policies), NOT based on the their skin color …. I fully acknowledge that people (including myself) often too quickly use minority status as a proxy for political alignment, but the general correlation makes this happen.

      • Hannah

        THANK YOU! It’s weird to see everyone labeling everyone as “good” or “bad” because of their race when I’d hazard to say that you and I liked the candidates’ policies first and noticed their skin color much later. I hire my politicians based on what they stand for (and the evidence of their statements), not because of their sexual orientation, race, or gender. I’m just so glad to see I’m not crazy.

      • Concerned Christian

        Do you believe in general that this statement describes most blacks:

        “because you seemed to be taking personal responsibility and not playing the race/victim card?”

        • m-nj

          i believe, in general, this is the public face of most of the various minority advocacy groups … they may have started out with a focus on empowerment and service, but they have degenerated into what they are today… that applies to the older groups. the new groups just start out putting forth this mindset.

          however, since these advocacy/activist groups take it upon themselves to speak for “their” people, i am sure that’s why your friends were a bit surprised when you were apparently putting forth a different narrative.

          i do not believe this is really how many (or most) minorities actually live. my sphere of life doesn’t put me into contact with a lot of minorities, but those i do know (mostly at church) are hard working, self-reliant (in the best sense of that word), freedom loving Americans.

          • Concerned Christian

            just one point of clarification. The point i was making concerning my white friends is how little they knew about me or other blacks. the majority of blacks that i went to high school with, went to college. Another sizable group went to the military. So i wasn’t the exception, i was the rule.

            Reading these threads, it’s abundantly clear that there’s this undertone of blacks being controlled. The smart ones are controlled by conservatives. those are the freedom loving Americans. the others by the leftest liberals. But any case, we are to ignorant to think for ourselves.

            Have you ever had a deep conversation with blacks at the churches you know? Asked them how they felt as a congregation about trump or police shootings i.e. basically a discussion on race?

          • Hmmm…

            I’m hearing things. Black is a big lump word, and there are many, many people differences in there. I’ve noted some black people kicked back about Trump’s categorization of blacks he wants to help during the campaign as offensive, because it is actually people stuck in urban pockets of poverty that he is specifically talking about. They and their families have long since stepped up and stepped out of anything like that.

            It reminds me of a big mega-church in Minneapolis whose pastor is putting his congregation into sensitivity training when an established black member felt he was profiled when security asked to check his backpack on an entry into the building. i can see how needed that is, because your points here about your feelings and experiences have been very instructive.

          • Mensa Member

            Hmmm,

            Nice comment. You seem like a person with an open heart and a willingness to learn. Keep it up!

            I’m a white guy and I don’t pretend to understand what racism is like for black people. But I try to listen to them.

            When I as younger, I thought I understood racism. I had met a few black people and read quite a few books.about civil rights. I had listened to about a thousand hours of blues music!

            But I didn’t really know.

          • Hmmm…

            I’m sorry; I’ve tried, but you are so obviously hollow and your condescension is so off putting. Call on Jesus as your savior when you want to get real. He won’t take the shuck ‘n jive either. Be real in your heart and he’ll receive you and set you upright with a solid spine and make you free.

          • Jim Walker

            CC can have a calming effect on you but he can turn 180 degrees to become hypocritical.
            He also confirms that he will on stand with the safe side when persecution starts.

          • Hmmm…

            He’s my bud; I’m loyal; we’re all growing

          • Mensa Member

            >>>> Have you ever had a deep conversation with blacks at the churches you know?

            And I would encourage my white friends to listen to black and believe them.

            Obviously, they don’t have to believe every black person.

            But what you wrote in your original comment is a pretty consistent message told by lots and lots of good people of color. It’s not a lie, even if lots and lots of white people can’t see it.

            Or consider “Black Lives Matter”. Their core message is one I’ve heard over and over for literally decades. All those black people aren’t lying!

            We white people need to start listening to and believing black people.

          • Hmmm…

            Please … I’m trying not to gag …
            What a toady spiel. How much do you get for scalps, MM?
            CC is a man of God; he’ll not be snared as you intend.

          • Mensa Member

            Hmm…

            You did really well in your post below… maybe you should have left it at that.

            How in the world am I “snaring” Concerned Christian? By saying that we white people should listen to the the victims of our racism? That’s basic human decency!

          • Hmmm…

            People who study genuine currency know a phony bill when they see it, automatically. You are the latter.
            Your mission to indoctrinate to your liberal leftist bent is clear. How many rebuffs does it take; how many people telling you they see through you, the Christian claim, the faux interest and affectations. Maybe you don’t know anything but phony. But God will take you to himself if you will drop the pretense and come to him as you are. He’ll make you better than you pretend to be.
            In the meantime, your patronage and assessment of my posts are repugnant to me. Catch on. Stop forcing yourself on me.

          • m-nj

            “controlled” may be too strong of a word. i would say minorities are “misled” or “fooled” by their respective activists groups. and there are plenty of non-minorities who follow other types of activists mindlessly as well. at a higher level, the unsaved are being played like pawns by the spiritual forces of evil that exist throughout the world.

            i have not had “deep” conversations with the minorities i know at church because we do not dwell on each others race/ethnicity. we are all sinners saved by grace.

            and none of my comments should be construed as unswerving support for the president… he was not my first choice, but he is definitely better than the alternative. there are plenty of non-trump people in my church, too.

            we are not a SJW church, however. if Trump’s admin stays out of the church’s business of spreading the Gospel and does not impose (and hopefully reverses) immoral laws and regulations, that is what we want … unlike Obama who did almost everything he could to subvert Biblical morality (LGBTxyz, abortion, etc.). I believe he lied to the black community as to his true beliefs in order to get elected. Are you, as a Christian, ashamed of him and his “legacy”?

            bad cops should be called out for any and all crimes against anybody, but i am not buying the BLM narrative, nor their anti-police stances. i think they have done far more harm than good to race relations…. again because they are playing the victim/race card.

          • Concerned Christian

            when you say you haven’t had deep conversations, that’s exactly my point. Remember when Paula Dean was fired from the food network because of racial comments. Very few blacks were upset or surprised that a white woman raised in the south in the sixties would use that kind of language.

            Generally in conversations, i rarely talk race because i’ve come to realize that most whites become very uncomfortable real quick when we start to open up.

            So you say in your conversations you don’t focus on race, i would say that they don’t want to focus on race because you’ll feel uncomfortable and could change the relationship that they prefer to maintain.

            In terms of Obama, he is in the mainstream of black churches. My parents certainly disagreed with abortion and homosexuality but they didn’t see those people as evil, they see them as sinners just like the fornicators and adulterers in the church. Sinners need help, therefore, keep them in the church and keep ministering to them.

            Also, there’s the concept “of mind your own business and stay out of mine”. If your child is influenced by my behavior or the behavior of my children that’s your fault. If my parents ever thought i was following my friends and not thinking on my own, i’ll just say “Oh My God!”.

            So within that context, certainly some black ministers didn’t like Obama, i went to a church like that. However, for the most part, he’s in the mainstream of most black congregation. “You do your thing and I’ll do mine!”

            You may not buy BLM’s narrative but i do. What’s scary to me quite frankly is that i don’t think most cops are racist but i think they are scared when encounters with blacks occur. That makes them even more dangerous to me. A scared non-racist is more likely to shoot than a calm racist. Look at the video of the shooting in Minnesota. That cop looked scared to death.

            I’ve noticed that there is a difference between local police and state police. State police generally are more professional and more commanding. Most of the shootings that i’m aware of were by local police. So if BLM is causing police departments to perform additional training and think about their interactions with the public, i think that’s a good thing. You may hate BLM but i’m not sure what other catalyst there could have been because complaining about it was doing no good.

          • Hmmm…

            Maybe it’s time to get off of this and get in the word. Be looking at the answer and not the problem, feeding on life and not death, and see if some answers won’t start forming, some ideas. Why not ask about some good groups of identity and political soundness. Allow God to surprise you. You may be blocks away from something that would thrill and challenge you where you are… Have not because you ask not. All things are possible with God; all things are possible with those who believe…. not those who keep looping the problem … hmmm ? 🙂

          • Mensa Member

            >> Maybe it’s time to get off of this and get in the word. Be looking at the answer and not the problem,

            I agree. Racism is sin. At it’s core, it’s a violation of loving your neighbor.

            But the problem is that many white people, not even hardcore racists, refuse to admit they are sining against blacks and other minorities. So, I’m not sure they would heed the word of God about repentance, restitution and reconciliation.

          • Mensa Member

            >> Very few blacks were upset or surprised that a white woman raised in the south in the sixties would use that kind of language.

            I found the Paula Dean “scandal” an interest case-study on how people react to racism. In some ways, that was an inter-white argument.

            Whites often accuse blacks of “using the race card” but I just don’t see it very often.

            If you set all the media hype aside, I remember people being fairly merciful to Dean. They were like you said, “We get it. She’s of a generation. Nothing we haven’t heard before.”

          • m-nj

            >>In terms of Obama, he is in the mainstream of black churches

            if this is true ( and really no reason to doubt you, again based on the support and voting patterns black chruches have given Dems), then woe be to thise so-called chruches.

            odd that you make the extra effort to say “black churches” …. there is only one church, made up of all those God has saved, and He is no respecter of people, nor does He separate us based on skin color.

            finally, you state you parents didn’t support abortion of homosexuality or abortion… i assume you said that to differentiate them from your point of view, menajng you do support those things. if so, then woe be to you also

            i suspect this thread is wrapping up, so i leave it at that.

          • Concerned Christian

            I said black churches because you seem to imply that Obama had somehow betrayed them.

            Finally, for my parents, they support it the same way i did. That is it’s a sin like fornication and adultery. And like those sins, everyone has a right to commit them.

    • Hmmm…

      Forget racist groups praising Trump. He really does disavow them. I think the hesitancy, and I acknowledge it was there, to denounce them immediately is because he has had such acrimony levied against him, that even those dogs’ praise was hard to immediately throw back at them. He and HRC were very flawed candidates. Both would continue as flawed people in the presidency. I’m sorry, but we Americans maybe get the leadership we deserve by the way we’ve conducted ourselves as a nation. I unabashedly would prefer the flawed DJT to the train wreck that is HRC and all it would take and are right there ready to prop her up.

      • Concerned Christian

        No, every four years the person that gets elected president is the person we deserve.

        • Hmmm…

          Oh CC: you are a wonderful Christian. I’ve grown to value your heart. I just want you to guard it from spoilers …

          • Concerned Christian

            thank you! 🙂

    • Paul

      BTW, thanks for your service.

      • Concerned Christian

        thanks! 🙂

  • Hannah

    Race and gender are very easy to fall back on when there’s precious else to find fault in. That’s why identity politics have flourished under the Democrat’s meticulous care: if you get people thinking that others see them as less human because of race, gender, or sexual proclivities, they’re perpetually a victim. I kept my mouth shut the last eight years around the majority of others because I knew the second I said something against Obama, I’d be lauded as a racist and bigot. It happened a few times despite my best efforts, but hey, what can you do? I openly supported Condi Rice back in the day and I deviated towards Ben Carson during the GOP primaries.

    I despise the Left’s tendency to mud-sling and name-call when they can’t argue like real adults. You have an extremely valid point, Dr. Brown – there are racial tensions in America, but rather than discuss them, we’ve taken to making everything about race to avoid talking about the issues that hurt. The Charlottesville riot was awful, but both sides were at fault; however, if you take to carefully outlining that, you’re immediately deemed a “white supremacist” and “fascist.” I’m a little young to be saying this, I know, but why can’t we go back to the good ol’ days when we offended each other with truth but at least we talked about it?

    • Concerned Christian

      again, you call it mud slinging but the person that represents the republican party and conservative Christians is endorsed by the KKK and Nazis. Antifa nor BLM have endorsed any candidates to my knowledge.

      Are those facts alone, in the absence of a democratic party, enough for non-whites to voice some concerns?

      • Paul

        Were you concerned when white supremacists supported Obama?

        • Bryan

          Reference?

          • Hmmm…

            Hey, BLM were invited to the White House. Reference it yourself; it’s a fact and qualifies as an endorsement in most people’s book, wouldn’t it?

          • Concerned Christian

            can you point me to their manifesto of black supremacy?

          • Hmmm…

            Huh? How about chanting about frying pigs and we want dead cops now?? Self “justified” violence and lawlessness. Where was the outrage when Mr. Obama failed to even issue a caution or peaceful balance to their outright rebellion, lawlessness and violence. Is it that that particular brand does have a place in America? I thought hate was inappropriate. Apparently not in this case.

          • Concerned Christian

            someone fringe in the group may have shouted that, i’m not sure. But what i am sure about is that the official position of BLM is not racist while the official one for the Nazis and the Klan is.

            one more thing, with BLM marches i see whites, asians and hispanics. with Nazis/Klan not so much!

          • Hmmm…

            Those chants are on Youtube showing the whole crowd. They don’t report that on most of the MSM, which selectively cover the “news.”
            I saw a march where the leader said all you white people, get to the back of this march. No, they may very well be a product of the liberal left and funded by Soros with the other junk. I’m sorry, but there’s better support and representatives out there.

          • Concerned Christian

            who offers the better support & representatives?

          • Hmmm…

            Why don’t you know? Good grief.

          • Hmmm…

            I’d seek out black men who have overcome this pull to focus on their disenfranchisement. You can’t disenfranchise anybody from God’s Kingdom, which goes on forever. Man didn’t give it and man can’t take it away. How about some strong black Christian pastors and/or leaders who are walking in victory. They have to have dealt with this pull against them to be drawn off and focus on how they were/are treated. Keith Butler comes to mind at the moment, a pastor of a large church in Detroit, and actually a bishop over a number of others across the country. The man’s on top of things. Of course he didn’t start there. Know about him? You probably do. I’d feed on the mindset from materials, audio and video especially, of men like that. Winners like you. You can get excited about what’s before you again, get answers, take the next steps and keep on with that. Nobody can hold you down, when God is around. You think he comes to your pity parties. I-I-I-I don’t think so …. 🙂
            P.S. And most of these kinds of leaders have annual ministers conferences or similar. Wow, would that be a treasure trove. Go that route. Enhance what the Lord has opened to you, put on your mind, keep moving. You need to be around people of like, precious faith.

          • Concerned Christian

            Preach! Preach! 🙂

          • Hmmm…

            Hey, hey! I just read your fine preaching to Loren Miller. Wow. There you go!

          • Paul

            Search “esquire Why White Supremacists Support Barack Obama”

            Interesting read and a bit prescient

        • Concerned Christian

          not really, i thought it was a refreshing change! 🙂

          • Paul

            Considering the long history between white supremacists and the democrat party it wasn’t that much of a change. But regardless it is very revealing that it didn’t bother you before but now all of a sudden it is supposed to be concerning. There’s some serious bias going on there.

          • Concerned Christian

            you do know that those democrats were conservative Christians that switched parties in the sixties and became republicans?

          • Paul

            You have been duped if you think the Ds cleaned house.

            bostonreview(DOT)net/us/christopher-petrella-stone-mountain-white-supremacy-modern-democratic-party

            And apparently Tom Metzger didn’t get the memo either and won the 1980 D nomination for US House in San Diego. I guess old habits die hard.

          • Concerned Christian

            i’m under no grand illusion that democrats are perfect. as long as there are differences in race and gender we will have bigots and racist in both parties and of all colors.

            The thing is that the argument against democrats and race is that democrats haven’t done enough. their ideas don’t work, or they pander.

            the argument against republicans is that they don’t like non-whites period. Not saying it’s true, just saying that’s the argument. Trump has certainly not helped that argument.

            I’m not opposed to republican ideas. one great example is school choice which started out as a republican idea but was embraced by that wild leftist Obama. Also, i know plenty of blacks who are taking full advantage of putting their kids into alternative learning environments.

            However, the problem is that looking at Trump this week, tell me how anyone is thinking about policies, or democrats and prior affiliation with the Klan vs republicans and their current affiliation with it?

          • Hmmm…

            Republicans are not affiliated with the Klan. Stop with that, CC. That is dishonest. The slanderous claims of the liberal left should be known to you by now. Please don’t feed on the liberal media who manipulate their news to suit their leftist bias. You’re a Christian and a lover of truth.

          • Concerned Christian

            Restatement:
            ==========
            However, the problem is that looking at Trump this week, tell me how anyone is thinking about policies, or democrats and prior affiliation with the Klan vs Trump and his PERCEIVED current affiliation with it?

          • Hmmm…

            Keep looking up. Times like these; winners look up where their redemption lies … 🙂
            (He’s not much to look at, after all)

          • Paul

            To your comments about this week, after hearing Trumps comments regarding Charlottesville I think the media has created such a twisted feeding frenzy over what I think were reasonable remarks. The media doesn’t address other issues because they choose not to. They have an agenda they are working against Trump specifically and conseevatives in general.

            The Rs have no affiliation with the klan and if you think so then you have been duped again.

          • Concerned Christian

            I will say Trump and his perceived affiliation with it.

            when looking at the media, yes, they may be on the left but what i trust more than anything else is that Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC will cover any story that generates money.

            People like to say Obama received favorable press but he was simply boring. Black comedians had no problem making fun of Obama. They are as greedy for money as anyone else. The problem is that Obama didn’t give them any material.

            Trump loves the media. He loves the attention. In generating that attention he does things that can be picked apart. Fox News , conservative writers have all been covering this story. Fox News contributors have been crying on air over this issue. Remember that when he spoke on Tuesday, he was supposed to talk about infrastructure.

            Spending money on infrastructure is definitely something that democrats love. But he stepped on his own message.

          • Kevin Carr

            Do you know in 1995, there was a guy that saw the segregation in the country clubs in Palm Beach Fl? That guy requested the clubs change their policy, they didn’t, that guy then sent the city council a copy of Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, when they still didn’t change, he then filed a suit against the city for 100 million dollars, that guy is the current President. Did the MSM ever report that?

          • Concerned Christian

            do you have a reference for that palm beach story?

            Also, what Trump did for Hudson was nice and decent. Doesn’t prove he’s not a racist 🙂 but it was a nice thing to do.

          • Shaquille Harvey

            “the argument against republicans is that they don’t like non-whites period. Not saying it’s true, just saying that’s the argument. ”
            What evidence do you have for this or it an assertion?!

          • Concerned Christian

            Well Kanye West blurted it out on national TV. 🙂

            Robert Pittenger (R-NC-9):
            =====================
            “The grievance in their mind is the animus, the anger. They hate white people because white people are successful and they’re not.

            This is the undertone that seems to permeate among republicans along with the belief that blacks who vote against them are lazy and stupid. Even as DT talks about blacks it’s purely about blacks living in some type of dystopian nightmare.

            Look at cop shootings and there seems to be very little understanding of why groups like BLM exist. Then BLM gets labeled as a terrorist group.

            Add in the support that DT is getting from the KKK and Nazis. Again, not saying that republicans ARE racist but if we can blame democrats for creating the KKK, we can certainly blame republicans ,via their support of DT, for the empowerment he has given these groups.

            So it can’t be shocking that relations between blacks and republicans are a bit strained.

          • Hmmm…

            CC: Are you a Christian first or a black man first? Is Jesus Lord of all, or are you holding onto this area, attempting to work it yourself? You’ve got a call on your life, much to do, and you are sent to your generation. How does sifting through all of this, weighing nuances and motives, feeding on slights and sins against you and your race help you with anything God has called you to do? Isn’t this kind of derailing you from your high calling? Who’s behind this, actually? Who’s drawing you off? You should know that in a heartbeat. Hint, just in case: It is mentioned in scripture that we are not ignorant of his devices …

          • Concerned Christian

            I’m really not trying to share grievances, i’m trying to show perspective. These issues don’t bother me spiritually, but i think it’s important to understand the corrosive effect they are having on the country.

          • Hmmm…

            But dwelling on it can be corrosive to your spirit; it’s not like feeding on life, is it? Maybe talking to the father about your heart on this, your feelings and then lifting up the concern to him would more fully satisfy … and then repeat … and be open to how he would use you … and share with your children or others with concerns … and, again, checking out how some strong black Christian leaders think and relate to it …

          • Concerned Christian

            we are on the same page. definitely will not allow anger to creep in over Love! 🙂

          • Kevin Carr

            Not so, Robert Byrd, William Fulbright (Bill Clinton’s mentor), Albert Gore Sr. There was no big switch. If you look at the voting record for the 64 Civil Rights act, with was passed by majority Republican, these were not party switchers, Dems have to own it.

          • Concerned Christian

            First, all three of those men are now dead.

            Second, as I stated with Paula Dean, it’s not shocking that people that grew up in the south during that time had racist views.

            Third, look at the 1948 DNC convention and watch the liberal Hubert Humphrey make the statement that the party should be more concerned with human rights than states rights. Then watch as Dixiecrats like Strom Thurmond storm out of the convention because this view threatened their views on segregation. Men like Strom Thurmond, who ironically fathered an illegitimate black daughter, and Jesse Helms of NC ran right to the republican party.

            Yes the republicans did pass the 1964 civil rights legislation. But please note that Strom Thurmond became a republican that year as well. Also, please note that George Bush opposed the 1964 legislation. Yeah that 1988 president.

            So yes Dems own their opposition to the bill and the party has paid and still pays the price for that opposition. But as Strom Thurmond shows, racism fractured the democratic coalition.
            Democrats in the south rightly blamed the democratic president not the republicans for that legislation. It was a democratic president that pushed it and he and the party paid the price for it.

            This is something that rings true today. Any rights that any group has attained women, immigrants, LGBTQ, have been at the pushing of democrats. Yes, we pay the price but it’s a price worth paying.

      • Hmmm…

        CC, you are obsessed with your dislike of Mr. Trump. He has changed a lot from the old days that you know about him and others are glad to dredge up. Your obsession has blinded you. You’re better than that.

        • Concerned Christian

          ok.

      • Kevin Carr

        Obama did invite some BLM people to the WH, and this was after they burned Ferguson, approval of their actions?

      • Ben Willard

        So what your saying is that all Christians, Republican’s and/or Trump supporters are racist? Because, of one freaked out white idiot? I can therefore compare all Democrat’s and Hillary Supporters that riot, disrupt and destroy lives and property? There is alot of fruits and nuts to go around. But stop lumping everyone into an all or nothing basket.

  • Hmmm…

    I strongly recommend the article, “My Ten Personal Reasons for Boycotting Racial Outrage”
    by Robert Lopez on this site.

  • Kevin Carr

    There are many out there that can only see race, for many of us it is used as an excuse for failure. One thing I noticed is many of the more promenent black people that always push the race card and tell many black people that “the man” is keeping you down, the man seemed to have missed getting them. These people have degrees and very lucrative positions.

    • Concerned Christian

      would senator Scott fall into that category:

      “Sen. Tim Scott added his voice Thursday to the chorus of Republican criticism over President Donald Trump’s comments on the racially motivated protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, saying his moral authority was compromised by his statements.

      Scott, the only black Republican in the Senate, said in an interview with Vice News that he would not “defend the indefensible” after Trump said Tuesday that both the “alt-left” and white supremacists were to blame for the violence in Charlottesville — a day after he had condemned neo-Nazis and the KKK.”

  • Concerned Christian

    I love your statement “the CHURCH, need to show the world a better way!!!!!” i agree with you completely.

    In response, I’ll start with the premise that I think very few people actually hate. I believe Yoda (yes I love SW):

    “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”

    This is a variation of James 1:14-15:
    14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.
    15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.

    What i’ve been trying to get across is a perspective that I didn’t think was getting expressed. There are evil people and then there are people who have valid reasons for fear. This is regardless of skin color. If this fear is not dealt with properly, evil occurs.

    I think the military is an excellent analogy to the direction that I believe the church needs to take. The mission of the military is to protect. This is done with discipline, preparation, instruction and vision. No country in the world wants to mess with our military not just because of our technology, but also because of how well we prepare our soldiers to think.

    This starts on day 1 of basic training. Basic training is really designed to get the bad out and help you realize what the good in you looks like. You’re yelled out, put in stressful situations, and forced to reach physical limits you didn’t know you had in you. You spend time in class learning military culture and even what your rights are and are not. When you leave basic training you just feel good about yourself and what you’ve accomplished. But more importantly, you understand the teamwork required to get you there. From the instructors, to your unit, you now know that you’re special because you’re part of something special.

    Military commanders give orders and they are followed. If deviations are required on the spot, they can be made. The military does not care about outside influences when it comes to accomplishing the stated goals of the mission. They don’t complain about what happens outside of the military, they only care about their mission and how to accomplish it.

    This should be the churches thinking. We need to prepare ourselves and our kids for the world. This is not done by making the world act like us. It’s done by spending time in class (church and home) not just learning about God but learning that God loves us, has plans for us, protects us, heals us, instructs us, makes crooked paths straight for us, etc.

    A soldier goes about accomplishing his/her mission. Of course they have families and personal goals that they want to accomplish as well. When it’s time to deal with a personal or military problem the soldier is ready and prepared to handle the threat in the most appropriate way. They can do this because they know they are prepared. They are not acting out of fear but out of authority.

    This is what I believe is the direction that the church has to go in. There are no new sins in the world, Jesus addressed all sins when He died on the cross. One of my favorite scriptures is Ephesians 6:10-17. This is raw power. We have our armor, our shield and our offensive weapon the sword. Another SW reference, we should have the mind set “if you only knew the power…”! 🙂 We have it and we can show it!

    I truly believe that with this level of preparation we can help the world understand that there is a God that loves you and is prepared to help you in every area of your life. There will always be evil people, but we can lower the number of fearful people from their ranks that can be exploited!

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