Blacks didn't begin rioting in America until white Communist taught them how. In fact, the Watts riots were the first urban race riots driven by blacks.
Acting a fool has never affected change for the better. Eric Garner is dead, due in part, to excessive liberal regulations. Michael Brown is dead because he beat down a cop, attempted to take his gun and then charged the officer like he was trying out for the NFL. Berkeley students burdened and trained in the art of "white privilege" are incensed because their professors tell them they should be, and though Al Sharpton has lost a lot of weight, his pockets continue to grow fat despite his irrelevancy. In the end, with the exception of more regulation to spark more protest, the riots and picket signs will all be for naught.
Recently, I decided to research the Watts riots of 1965 that took place in Los Angeles at the height of the civil rights movement. What I found may surprise you. It seems whether were talking about the Watts riot, Detroit rendition, or Ferguson, there commonality seems to be disproportionate responses based on half-truths at best. In an article written by John McWhorter in 2005 entitled "Burned, Baby, Burned," he sums up the Watts riots as the place in history "when the militant became mainstream in a 'fed-up' black America." According to McWhorter "only in the 1960s did a significant number of blacks start treating rebellion for its own sake -- rebellion as performance, with no plan of action behind it -- as political activism." more >>
Career criminal-turned-minister John Turnipseed said the image of African American men as violent troublemakers has to change so when incidents like Ferguson occur, the public will fight for them.
The Minneapolis minister told The Christian Post that, "One of the things that has to happen is that the perception of young black men has to change."
Turnipseed, a former pimp, drug dealer, and gang leader who has been imprisoned three times, acknowledges, "As a black male I have as much to do with that as anyone else." more >>
Media mogul and billionaire Oprah Winfrey says the ongoing national outrage over the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, as well as other black men at the hands of law enforcement officers, is an "exciting" sign that "people are paying attention."
"Even if we didn't know about a Ferguson, or an Eric Garner or a Michael Brown … they were going on," Winfrey told theGrio.com at the New York City premiere of the Martin Luther King Jr. inspired film, "Selma" Sunday night.
"The fact that they may have now become newsworthy or made national or international news doesn't mean there haven't been nameless Michael Browns or Eric Garners before," she noted. more >>
Popular Hollywood actor Samuel L. Jackson challenged his army of celebrity colleagues who participated in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which went viral this summer, to protest police violence against civilians Saturday by singing the "We ain't gonna stop 'til people are free" song.
Jackson made the call through a video posted on his public Facebook page the same day thousands of protesters flooded streets in New York City and Washington D.C. to march in protest against police violence. "All you celebrities out there who poured ice water on your head, here's a chance to do something else. I challenge all of you to sing the 'We ain't gonna stop 'til people are free' song," said Jackson.
He then launched into the lyrics of the song singing with a somber and militant expression on his face. "I can hear my neighbor crying, 'I can't breathe.' Now I'm in the struggle and 'I can't leave.' Calling out the violence of the racist police. We ain't gonna stop 'til people are free," he crooned. more >>
For more than six years now, I have used my daily talk radio show to facilitate dialogue on difficult and divisive issues, asking my listeners to shoot straight with me just as I do with them, even saying at times, "Let's commit to speaking the truth to each other even if it means offending one another. Otherwise, how can we make progress in our understanding?"
We have done this numerous times when it comes to race issues in America, wading into dangerous and controversial waters with the commitment to learn from each other and grow closer together in the Lord, knowing that what unites us in Jesus is far greater than anything that divides us. (Having worked with ethnic churches around the globe for decades, our profound unity in Jesus is readily apparent.)
Over the years, I have had countless African Americans thank me for tackling these issues on radio and in writing, and they have encouraged me to keep the dialogue going, which is something I am determined to do. more >>
Christian pastors and leaders are expected to voice their concerns at what may turn out to be a historic gathering next week for "It's Time To Speak," a live stream event focusing on race, the church and "where to go from here," in light of recent events in Ferguson, Missouri; Cleveland, and New York.
The eleven leaders, including event organizer Pastor Bryan Loritts, theologian John Piper, and pastors Matt Chandler, Darrin Patrick, and Derwin Gray, are scheduled to meet at the historic Lorraine Motel and National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis for A Time to Speak, on Tuesday (Dec. 16).
"Twenty years from 'It's Time To Speak' will be viewed as a reformational moment," Gray, pastor of Transformation Church in Indian Land, South Carolina, told The Christian Post on Friday. "This event will be a call for the local church to be what she was meant to be – a multi-ethnic and multi-class of communities of reconciliation, love, and unity." more >>