An interviewer (white male) told a protester (black male) that he was not prejudiced and asked the protester if he believed him. The protester said “no”. The protester went on to say that the whites will say in public that they are not prejudiced, but in private they are.
So this is what they believe and what I think is fueling all the anger and hate. Whether it is true or not really doesn’t matter. They believe it is true and you can’t separate what you believe from the way you live and conduct yourself.
It is similar to the belief I had during my first 30 years of Christianity. I believed that God was not pleased with my effort. No matter how much bad I tried to get rid of or how much good I tried to add, it wasn’t enough.
One day I realized it was not God that was doing all the demanding. In Romans 8, Paul asks this question: “Who is he that condemns?” He didn’t really answer the question. But to a group of people who thought the answer was God, he shifted their thoughts to the truth about God. “Christ Jesus is at the right hand of God interceding for us.” In spite of this truth that clearly states that Jesus/God is for me, my enemy had convinced me of the opposite.
“Who is he that condemns?” It is the enemy that condemns. It is the enemy that is out to steal, kill and destroy. It is the enemy that is our accuser. He is the father of lies. And it is just like him to twist the greatest truth, the fact that God is for us – that He loves us – into the greatest lie that He doesn’t.
And so similarly, the blacks, I believe have been fed a lie. A consistent drip after drip after drip until they are convinced that whites are against them – that they hate them. Paul, focusing on the truth, gave me truth to focus on. Blacks need someone to tell them the truth. 50 years ago freedom was secured for them. Many have taken advantage of that freedom and made for themselves a life that that freedom was intended to grant.
Right now the world is focusing on the ones who have not. And still they are being fed lies. They are being told it is the police who need to be evaluated, not them. The police need to conduct themselves differently. Lies upon lies, never addressing the possibility that they need to evaluate the way they conduct their lives.
It all plays in to the goal of turning our nation upside down.