So, I was called a racist today for the first time because I issued a “blanket peace” statement about our current crisis in America. I shared a post on Facebook which was a quote by Elizabeth Elliot that read, “Don’t dig up in doubt what you planted in faith.”
I added the comment, a similar one to what I posted on twitter, “This is so true in America right now. This country was founded upon freedom, liberty and justice for all. Don't destroy what needs reform. History tells of many times citizens destroyed what they opposed only to make way for far worse.”
Apparently, I am the problem in America today.
To clarify my statement further, it was in reference to all the rebellions that united people around common beliefs so that they’d over throw their government, and then become enslaved to something far worse. I was thinking of France in 1789, Cuba in 1953, Iran in 1979 and Egypt in 2011, though I'm sure there are plenty more examples.
Being called a racist and part of the problem has left me with a lot of questions, ones that I’d genuinely like to hear some answers to, so I’ll pose them on my blog for an open, respectful discourse, comments that are disrespectful will be deleted.
The damage that's been done far surpasses burned churches and destroyed businesses, the lines in the sand have been starkly drawn. I have friends of different races, backgrounds, religious beliefs and have always felt that diversity is part of the beauty of our world, but I'll not bow for a sin that's not mine. That gives it far more power than it previously ever had, deepening wounds rather than bringing unity.
There's a difference in protests and riots
protesters and looters
justice for all, or justice for one at the cost of many more
This is a horrible time in this country, and I'm genuinely afraid for the world my children will grow up in, especially after a white friend was attacked in a target parking lot by a gang of black men seeking "justice" for George Floyd. No answers will come from more violence, name calling, burning, destroying. The peaceful leaders of the past, who had a goal and accomplished it, would be disgusted at the lawlessness in our streets today.
But, I'm white, so I'm the problem?
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