“For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile–the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him,” -Romans 10:12 Today there are Christians and churches that don’t realize that the civil rights battle has been won! Both conservatives and liberals joined forces with Martin Luther King Jr. in his campaign for equal rights.
What Dr. King wanted to see is to people to be judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin. He didn’t want a welfare state, as the liberals did, but to have America live up to the equal protection clause of the constitution. King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail was a response to the white clergy down south to explain why he was doing what he was doing.
Dr. King delineated two other civil rights movements (I’ll paraphrase):
- The go along with the status quo. There were blacks down south who were satisfied, as they had some economic success and were, like George Jefferson, moving on up. He wrote that people who subscribe to this movement in the black community are “complacent.”
- Black Nationalism. This movement fostered hatred and bitterness. It was part of the hate America crowd. They repudiated Christianity and preached that the white man is an incurable devil.
Dr. King practiced non-violent protest to call attention to the injustice flung on the black community. He just wanted America to live up to our standards.
When I was in the Navy, stationed in Charleston, S.C. in the early 70s, I witnessed the effects of Dr. King’s campaign. In town I befriended some black guys who were in the Navy a decade or two before I was. They shared anecdotes of racial prejudice, although none terribly severe. One of them asked me “what would your shipmates think if they knew you were hanging around with soul?” I replied, “They wouldn’t care. White and black guys go on liberty together all the time; it’s no big deal.” “You have a good ship,” the guy responded.
Of course we didn’t get rid of every spec of prejudice. There was an isolated incident on my ship. When I took my turn at mess cooking – slaving for the cooks – I had a minor disagreement with a black cook in the serving area. Just inside the eating area, some white southerners evidently overheard us. When I passed by them, one of them said “don’t take any s*** off that n*****.” I snapped “That’s between me and Scotty.” And that was the end of it.
The problem before was that blacks were considered bad just because they were black. But today, there’s an unwritten code that if you accuse a black person of wrongdoing, even if he’s guilty, you are judging all blacks. Take the shooting of thug Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. There was an outcry of racism and that the cop shot Big Bad Michael Brown just because he was black. Not true. I can hear Tina Turner singing “What’s truth got to do with it got to do with it.” The Department of Justice concluded that the officer shot Brown in self-defense. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting_of_Michael_Brown
Some churches are Afro-centric. We are all humans, Christians, period. Not Afro-Christians, not Russian Christians, not Korean Christians, not Hispanic Christians, not White Christians.
Some black Christians not only give former President Barry Obama, aka the Skinny Socialist a pass but champion him. True, Obama’s election showed that our nation is not prejudice, but, as a Christian conservative friend said, “I would have rather seen Alan Keys” elected.
In his concurrent opinion in Adarand Constructors v. Pena, where a company that submitted the lowest bid on a highway contract was not considered a certified business because it did not meet race-based subcontractor demands, challenged it in the Supreme court and won, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote “In my mind, government-sponsored racial discrimination based on benign prejudice is just as noxious as discrimination inspired by malicious prejudice. [*] In each instance, it is racial discrimination, plain and simple.” https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/515/200#writing-ZS
Justice Antonin Scalia’s concurrent opinion in Adarand: in my view, government can never have a “compelling interest” in discriminating on the basis of race in order to “make up” for past racial discrimination in the opposite direction.
Two wrongs don’t make a right. I remember hearing Justice Thomas referring to liberals as “camouflage rednecks.” After the Witch Hunt that attempted to cheat Clarence Thomas out of his U. S. Supreme Court nomination, he said the culprits of this hunt conducted “a high-tech lynching.”
“What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin.” -Romans 3:9