Leonard Lovett, PhD.
Finally, white supremacist have become emboldened enough to take off their hoods and attempt to fight for what they perceive to be as their constitutional rights in a comfort zone in the body politic of this nation. If you are racist you have no rights to defend. Your behavior if accepted will set this nation back at least a century.
The optics of the Charlottesville events were troubling in contrast to Black demonstrations. A policeman held in his hand what appeared to be a small water hose for flower gardens as he pointed it toward a demonstrator. It is a fact that white demonstrators are handled different than black.
Cowardice asks when should I speak? Courage says now is the time! I was not surprised to see POTUS 45 waiting for two days before addressing this unspeakable tragedy just a few hours drive from Washington D.C. Initially, he made the atrocious mistake of comparing both groups as though were the same. He tweeted about terrorist incidents in London, Paris and mostly everywhere, but commented too little too late on Charlottesville, thereby undercutting his moral authority to lead the nation out of this morass.
North Korea is not our real enemy even though they do not like us and we are not in love with them. Our real enemy are those who pretend to be something they are not and live a life of deception by smiling in your face and treating you like a slave in reality. Our real enemy are those who remain silent when they should be speaking, and speaking when they should be silent.
The silence of mostly white ultraconservative Trumpvangelicals is frightening and deafening. Could it be that the presence of white supremacist constitutes the political base from which they derive? The presence of people like Steve Bannon and a few alt-right associates is not a good sign. According to Jesus Christ, “you cannot serve two masters.”
Where are the small, medium and mega-church leaders? Why are they so silent? Silence gives consent. I admonish you and particularly people of color to take a leave of absence from any church that does not address concerns such as the demons of racism and racial supremacy in any form. They have no place in American society and particularly in the Faith Community. Unless the Faith Community becomes the conscience of the nation it will eventually become reduced to a social club where people will come to be entertained and never challenged. If the Faith Community has an affair with satan and becomes married to the world it forfeits its right to be identified as the Bride of Christ and a part of the Kingdom of God.
Trumpvangelicals, your silence is frightfully deafening!
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