We Shall Overcome is the go to song whenever there is a civil rights conflict. The people stoicly sing it as an anthem that projects hope and resolve, but is it realistic? Do we actually know “deep in our hearts” that overcoming is an option? As i have watched the Charleston coverage this week I am struck by the fact that we are quoting Dr. King’s words of 50 years ago and they seem relevant in 2015. That does not give me hope it gives me a sense of despair. I’m not one of those people who say nothing has changed since King’s death, but we have to accept there are some deep seated thoughts passed on through generational lore that will not change. Grandparents and parents pass on their life experiences to there children and children take that to heart. The South Carolina Church killer spoke about things that the killers of Emmit Till probably said to him as they tortured him to death over 50 years ago. Racism is real and lives today among us. Not just in the South but everywhere. Not all racist are killers and not all racist would self-define. We can’t change the hearts and minds of everyone and singing We Shall overcome might give a sense of peace while we sing it but after the last note is uttered we walk back into the real world we need to find a way to simply coexist.
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Churches welcome anybody. You can come dressed up, dressed down, downtrodden, depressed, and stressed. Whosoever will let him come, but do we need to re-think the churches approach to people? On Good Friday my pastor was ministering on stage and a man walked from the back of the auditorium to the stage and attempted to give the pastor a note. No usher stopped his progress. Fortunately, he was harmless, but what if he had an evil agenda? We have got to be more careful. When Dylann Root walked into Emanuel AME church last night did anybody feel uneasy about his presence? We might never know, but what this tells us is we live in dangerous times and we have stop being politically correct. If someone looks odd or out of place we have to stand up boldly and ask some questions. We might offend some, but we can only apologize later if we are alive. Root is still on the loose and people will be asking why? There is no answer, but we have to accept the sad fact there are no safe spaces. So we have to learn to pray with eyes wide open as we worship the Lord and keep an eye on our neighbors.
Matthew 26:41-“Watch and Pray…”
Last night 9 people were killed at a prayer meeting held at a Charleston, South Carolina church. The shooter a white male in his twenties is still on the loose. He opened fire on people at Wednesday night prayer and Bible study. Right now the goal is to find the killer. We will deal with the why later. It is evil and heartbreaking. Christians are called to forgive but today we are simply called to grieve.
This is a week for self proclamations. Yesterday Donald Trump announced that he is running for president. He is the self-proclaimed greatest businessman to walk the face of the earth. At least according to his own opinion. He gave a rambling speech that managed to insult some ethnic groups and other right thinking people. He has the ability to suck the air out of the room, and no matter what outrageous statements he makes the media will be there to provide airtime and a platform. Yesterday Rachel Dolezal showed she is no slackard when it comes to getting media coverage. She identifies as black. Yes, she was born white, but she is denying that part of her existence. She has said she lived in a tee pee, and she has since admitted lying about that. She had claimed she had been to South Africa, and she lied about that too. She has attended a HBCU, and sued the school in 2002 as a white woman, but now she is proudly a black woman. A “sista”, but only when she wants to be, but why the Trump comparison? She has managed to make her fantasy a national story. This week she has managed to do the impossible. She has out-Trumped Trump. Never have I seen so much coverage of a non story. She was a local chapter president and now she is more recognizable than the national president of the NAACP. By the way can you name him? If you put NAACP president in Google Rachel’s story comes up. Yes it is a good week to be Rachel Dolezal.
Matt Lauer interviewed Rachel Dolezal this morning. This woman is fascinating. When asked if she was black her response was “I identify” as black. What the heck does that mean? Dolezal enjoys the beauty of blackness minus the burden, and she even has the option of jumping back to the white side if she so desires. Dolezal is sitting smack dab in the middle of two worlds. She seems firmly planted on the black side, but if push comes to shove she can be pushed back. So often we hear the terminology privilege and now we have a real life example of it, meet Rachel Dolezal.
For the past few days we have heard the story of Rachel Dolezal. She is the woman who identifies as a black woman but according to her parents she is white. The term transracial has been trending on Twitter, but is it possible to be transracial? Last night my son called and asked what did I think about her and I really didn’t see it as a big deal. She is an advocate and she identifies as black. More power to her, but this morning I saw the attached youtube clip and it gave me pause. Here she is talking about black hair and she is standing in the shoes of an authority. She even goes as far to identify her white hair on the black hair chart. Something about this made my blood boil. Hair is a very sensitive issue in the community. As little girls so many of us were exposed to the hot comb. Your mother would put a comb directly on the flames from the stove and press your hair until it shiny and straight. You might be burned along the way but she would say “it was the cost of being beautiful”. From the hot comb we went to pressing comb in a jar or the kiddie perm, and from there you went to the real perm and some of us are still slave to the perm. Black hair is evolving and many among us are now natural, but this is our experience. It is not a shared experience that every woman can identify with. Dolezal can love black people and all things black, but she is not black and to watch her co-op our experience is unsettling. She can work for the NAACP and she can curl her hair, know our history, but she is not black. Maybe she is transracial because that would mean she can come move in and out and that is not an option that an actual black person has.
Senator Mark Kirk was caught on a open microphone calling Sen. Graham “a bro with no ho.” So what does this say about Sen. Kirk? He has a low opinion of women if “ho” is the word he uses to describe tem.
Mississippi School District drops charges against relatives that cheered for loved ones at graduation
NOW finally spoke about the police incident in McKinney Texas. Many in the black community wondered if they would speak out on this issue.
NOW President Terry O’Neill Calls for Immediate Dismissal of the Police Officer and Full Investigation by U.S. Department of Justice
Washington, D.C. – We can only look with revulsion on the images from McKinney, Tex., of a white police officer pushing a 15-year old Black girl in a bathing suit face-down on the ground and placing a knee on her back. Today, we are shocked, angered, and deeply worried for the well being of this young woman. Tomorrow, we need answers, and action. If the girl had been white, would she have received the same treatment from the white police officers on the scene?
Would the white police officer involved have even considered pulling a white teenage girl by the hair while screaming “ON YOUR FACE!” and then sitting on top of her while she cries, “call my mother”? Would the white police officers have responded to a similar incident involving unarmed white teenagers at a community pool by an outrageous use of violence and intimidation: brandishing weapons, placing the teens in handcuffs, and verbally and physically abusing them?
Placing the officer on administrative leave is an insufficient response, particularly in light of the fact that this police department has a history of racial tension. NOW calls for the immediate firing of the police officer who committed the abuse, and immediate leave without pay for the officers who abetted him. In addition, NOW calls on the U.S. Department of Justice to immediately launch a full-scale investigation into the conduct of the McKinney, Texas police department. We can no longer tolerate the racial injustice that seems to have become a hallmark of too many police departments across our nation. Black girls’ lives matter.
Elise Coletta , firstname.lastname@example.org , (951) 547-1241