Over the past few days I have listened to the debate regarding white privilege. Some argue it simply does not exist and others argue that it is one of the impediments that stops the economic ascension of minorities, but is it real? Yes it is very real. The privilege is granted at birth when you automatically receive the benefit of the doubt. Share your thoughts.
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Yesterday Rev. Al Sharpton delivered the eulogy at Michael Brown’s funeral. He took the police to task and he cried for justice for Michael Brown. Sharpton surprised some when he also took on the black community. He chastised the community and told them to stop having ghetto pity parties. he told them to stop the disrespect that is shown on a daily basis in the community. The irony is that some people are surprised that Sharpton took this trek, but we can not continue to just criticize external influences without acknowledging the internal demons that are loose on the streets. Sharpton 2.0 is not the Sharpton of back in the day. He is not looking at the issue with blinders on. He is looking at the issue from a 360 angle and that viewpoint will mke people of both hues uncomfortable.
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The second season of “Preachers Of L.A.” is set to debut this week. Are you a fan of the show?
“I was very purposely silent last season, because four of the five of them I know. I am a pastor, I am a preacher, I am a Christian, I am a man who loves integrity and I was brought up and raised in a great home that taught me that what goes on in the home is not public knowledge. And it’s not good to air out … this depiction of people who we deem to be spiritual leaders and people who are supposed to be credible, and people who are supposed to be the strength in the community. We all have natural lives, every one of us, but there are certain things even in our natural lives that we don’t want our employees to see, we don’t want our friends to see. There are things that we keep hidden until we work them out. We would love the luxury of being absolutely transparent, but it will hurt the people who are looking up to us. Everyone’s entitled to it, but reality TV goes a little too far. And it goes too far especially when it deals with Christianity. With pastors carrying guns to mission work. Then my question is, “Why are you going? I thought you said that you had God? Isn’t God your protection?” And I think it’s more harm than good. Because if you have 1 million people viewing, that gives a bad depiction to 1 million people of the preachers who sacrificed every day and every week for the people. 99% of the preachers are not like that. Flossing their stuff and driving around in their Bentleys and Rolls Royce Phantoms, and living high on the hog. There’s no sin in that, but the Bible said all things are lawful, but it’s not always expedient. The servant lives better than the people he has called to serve. And that gives the wrong depiction
Today the New York Times wrote an article about Michael Brown. In the article they said Brown was “no angel”. Show me an angel among us. They chronicled his aspirations to be a rapper and even his consumption of alcohol and drugs. No it does not sound like the life of an angel but it does sound like the life of a teen. No not all teens do the things Brown did but when he was shot by the police did they know then that he was no angel? We’re not called to be angels. We are citizens of the United States, and some of us try to be model citizens but even that does not ensure your safety. The media is looking for a reason to explain what many people believe is unreasonable, but the he is no angel defense is simply not going to cut it.
A parent should never have to bury their child, but today the parents of Michael Brown will have to do that. The nation will debate the shooting but today a family is grieving. Grieving for the life lost and the future never to be realized. In the midst of the controversy the loss seemingly takes a backseat, but as a parent can you imagine what the parents are feeling this morning? This is not a black or white issue this is a parent issue. Today on the day that Brown will be buried let’s call a truce on the war of words. Let’s stop with the thug talk and let’s just respect the parents and the family. They are going to do something incredibly hard today–bury their child and that is a pain no one wants to endure.
The ice bucket challenge has been one of the movements of the summer. Celebrities and common folks are taking the challenge. My timeline is full of friends challenging other friends to take the plunge, and ALS is laughing all the way to the bank. It has been a great promotion for a great cause, but the question is what would make you do this? Is there a cause in your life that deserves the spotlight? Newsflash you don’t need ice or water to make a donation.
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Why is Don Lemon letting Talib Kweli run this interview? Share your thoughts.