My friend, whom I have called the big black bastard, is called that because he doesn’t fit in well among other black people he encounters. To be sure, he has been discriminated against. But it has been, curiously, not white people persecuting him because he is black. The only white people that have persecuted him have been those who are angered by his telling of the truth about the racket that is the criminal justice system. This is because they fear a black man having such truth for fear that he will use it to help thugs escape justice.
More often, though, the discrimination is from black people. They have no use for someone who tells them that their lot in life is largely their own choosing. They would rather be inflamed to “righteous riot” by the Ferguson shooting than to face the facts of cause and effect–committing a crime and assaulting a police officer might get you shot. My friend can no longer keep silent and let the country, especially those who look like him, be destroyed by ignorance and infantile action. So he is a “sell out” for copping to the white man’s idea that there is no excuse for criminal behavior.
I am not black, therefore I cannot hope to know what it’s like to be black. That doesn’t mean that I don’t know what discrimination is. I have been in many situation where I was surrounded by ignorant people who were quick to flag me as the cause of all their trouble. Yes, it sucks to be wrongfully accused. But that is life. There is no one in this life who will not suffer some kind of undeserved hostility.
However, the Bible points out an amazing truth. “It is better to suffer for doing right than for doing wrong.” If you do right and people react with hostility, then at least you can know in your heart that you did your best, an your conscience is clean. But if you do wrong and suffer, what defense can you offer to make yourself look good? In so many such cases, we try to shift the blame to someone else in order to exonerate ourselves. But it doesn’t really work. We might fool a lot of people, but we still know the truth, and those around us never look at us the same again. And the more we, as a society, lie our way out of these situations, the more the lie is accepted as truth. Who can live and deal uprightly and honestly in such a world of deception?
Recently, many black people have decided that they are tired of lying. They are starting to acknowledge that the emperor has no clothes. I thought I would assemble their thoughts here. For us crackers, it’s good to know that the riotous mobs do not represent all black people or even a majority of them It gives us the ability to resist stereotyping. To the black people our there, especially the ones in the mobs, it presents an appeal to stop being so infantile in your thinking and listen to others who look like you, who were probably, in many cases, raised along side you, and who discovered that the American dream is true. They discovered that there can be a life worth living in this country, that, despite injustice, which will always haunt our human condition, justice can still prevail if we give it a chance.
It is the loser’s mentality that seeks to find a reason in persecution to justify one’s failures. We all, by nature, have that mentality. We all, by nature, break everything down to “us vs. them.” whether that refers to income, ethnic background, citizen vs. government, law enforcement vs the rebellious. The very ideal of America is that “we have met the enemy and it is us.” We are all in it together. We all are obliged to rise above our petty selfishness and work for the common good. Not “What’s in it for me,” but, “What’s good for society.” That’s not usually easy or comfortable. Running around in the streets looting and burning is easy. But it doesn’t do any good. Trying to justify it later is even worse.
My latest post about Ken Hamblin’s book: Pick A Better Country
FERGUSON IS NOT ABOUT BLACK VS WHITE: MY THOUGHTS ON FERGUSON A prominent black minister’s thoughts.
Do Black Leaders ignore black-on-black crime? A cracker (I mean, whitey, I mean, non-brother) saying that talking about black-on-black crime is shifting the blame to ignore white police shooting black men “two times a week.” Nice to pull this statistic out in this context to make it sound like all these shootings are unjustified. He also reinforces the idea the Mr. Brown was gunned down for no reason, which we know now to be entirely inaccurate.