Christians & Racism: How can you fight against racism?

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George Flyod? Why support him and his sketchy background?

George Flyod is not a hero he is a man that was not given his 6th amendment right to a fair trial nor a chance to stand before a judge for his crimes. We aren’t supporting Flyod’s sins we are supporting the idea that he deserved a chance to live a life that could lead to repentance.

Jesus Christ came to give us a second chance no matter how guilty we are. We have ALL fallen short of the glory of God. “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” 1 John 1:8-10

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23

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What if I don’t believe this is a race issue?

If you don’t believe this Is a race issue then that’s fine. You don’t have to. Either way, “be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”  1 Peter 5:8 Something needs to be done to stop cops that murder and use cruel and unusual punishments (violation of 8th amendment right.)

If you don’t focus on racism, focus on ending police brutality. But, we must be sensitive in giving blacks space to have an opinion without undermining their pain. Instead of tearing down the argument by focusing on George Flyod’s sin… Focus on standing against abuse of power against any race or gender!

Defund the police? That’s a personal decision to support that cause. How you decide to fight police brutality and inequality is up to you. Personally, I love having a police force… I choose to support fair treatment for all and still advocate to keep a police force.

“As Christians it is our job to fight for a world where people get an equal chance to change, repent, and find Jesus.”

If the protests are bothering you… Focus on how you can help push for police accountability so people are not getting mad. Then, focus on fighting for the poor to receive resources and access to a better chance at life. “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27

Personal responsibility is a great thought… But, if you’ve lived long enough you know you can do everything right and things can go terribly wrong. We need community and support to reach our God given purpose. Especially for a child raised in an environment where they have no support to attain more.

Slavery and Racism happened long ago, what is the major deal?

Slavery shattered black identity. In these two articles, I speak on my own self-hate stemming from Willie Lynch indoctrination letters and my experience with a racist teacher.

Segregation ended in 1964. I think we forget that wasn’t that far away.  Our family members or individuals that are in their 60s have lived through segregation. When I speak to my uncle, from Missisispi, he has stories where his “bosses” still thought they were slave owners and he should be grateful for any inconsistent chunk of change they paid him for the day. They told him, “you’re my nigger,” and drew their gun at him when he tried to quit.

He and the black community fought past insults, barriers, and prejudices to be where they are today. They were some of the first to live and be “successful” in a fully non-black world. Most millennials my age are the product of such parents that were blessed & fought to be able to put us in a better position. 

But we should never forget, there are many more that are still fighting to get their children out of poor neighborhoods and poverty mentality. There are families that were so crippled during segregation that laws couldn’t write them into a fair shot of life. Integration happened 25 years after the Great Depression (1939) — which further demolished impoverished communities. I wonder what struggling families had? Or, what families entered poverty because their building were burnt down?

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While Dr. ML King was an optimist and believed in his famous “DREAM”. Malcolm X was an extreme realist that saw integration as the annihilation of black identity. 

Malcolm X believed that you couldn’t legislate the removal of racism. He believed that the end of segregation would be the rise of covert and hidden racism (institutionalized racism). He wanted African-Americans to receive monetary reparations and return home to the motherland to start fresh. Dr. King started to see Malcolm X’s theory of covert racism play out — which theorized why MLK’s messages got more radical as he approached death.

Isn’t crime and fatherlessness the problem in black communities?

Malcolm X predicted the results of integration correctly — After segregation, African-Americans struggled to find their place in American society. They had to play catch-up real quick. They had to pound down barriers. The ones that made it were ones that were already better off in the black community — which took generations of sacrifices and development to achieve.

Shortly after segregation ended, the introduction of crack cocaine came to vulnerable communities in the 1980s. Families that were entrenched in poverty grabbed hold of this mental health coping mechanism and money making device. It’s presence doubled crime and increased fatherlessness.

Crack further demolished an already fragile black community.  Read more on the presence of crack here.

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While well meaning, welfare further destroyed the black community. The money was eventually only given to single females — it encouraged the removal of the male role and furthered emasculation of the black male identity.  Black males would remove themselves to allow their family to receive resources (read more on “man in the house” limitation). The black community left without resources were given money that just helped them survive. Sadly, welfare didn’t teach the black community how to build wealth in a non-black world. Nor could welfare allow others to let blacks into a non-black world with full openness. 

Even famous conservatives agree that welfare destroys families in this article: How Welfare Undermines Marriage and What to Do About It!

Yesss… Today, we have many social programs… And, it is making a difference! But the vulnerable communities are so far away from hitting the constantly shifting mark. They have so much to catch up to. Did you know 50% of adults in America can’t read a book at an 8th grade level?

Satan attacks identity and pushes for division in the body!

My point? Slavery happened. Segregation happened. Integration is a work in progress. Just like an adopted child — the vulnerable need to feel safe, feel seen, rid chains of rejection, taught, loved, and brought into the race of life… Instead of looking from outside into the window of families’ living the perfect American dream.

Dr, King’s vision was beautiful. He didn’t mind getting a little messy to bring creation back together. I’m here because of Dr. King’s and other revolutionaries. I’m blessed to know some of the MOST beautiful people which are of caucasian descent because of that dream.

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But, it’s important to remember that legalized racism ended 56 years ago. The work can’t possibly be done. Just like Holocaust survivors, the black community wants a voice without refute, rebuttal and denial.

The world is in a fight with light and darkness. Of course there is racism and every evil under the sun. The devil is at work to destroy the black community and the whole human race.

When we stand up for black lives we aren’t only standing up for Blacks. We are standing for God’s creations. We are standing against the schemes of the enemy to divide and conquer.

We are fighting for all of humanity to be revealed in their true identity – Royal sons and daughters of a powerful King in Heaven.

Christina Daniels is the founder of Adorned Heart. She is devoted to learning about human behavior and its affects on society. She received a B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Public Policy. She hopes to use her life and academic experience to empower & heal the hearts of women!

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