Blacks Must Become Multilingual

Derryck Green

This isn’t a call for blacks to learn an additional language to communicate alongside the English we speak now.  Even though Hispanics are an increasing percentage of the population- displacing blacks as the largest minority in the process- I’m not advocating the need to learn Spanish; though that may indeed prove helpful.

What I’m advocating here is something quite different and I believe more practical and much more pressing.  Blacks are monolingual- we only speak one language and oftentimes it’s at our own expense.

The language isn’t English… it’s race.  On occasion, we speak it very well and considering the historical presence of blacks in America, it’s understandable.  From slavery to the Emancipation, from Reconstruction through Jim Crow segregation; from the Civil Rights Movement to the present day- our historical reality in America forced blacks to develop a polished articulation of racial language.

But in twenty-first century America, the language…

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Black Racial Solidarity On Display At Michael Brown’s Funeral

If there was any doubt that blacks have chosen their racial and cultural expressions of black identity and racial solidarity over- and at the expense of- their religious identity, one needs to look no further than the televised funeral of Michael Brown.

The attendees of this funeral- some of which include Snoop Dog, P Diddy, Al Sharpton, TD Jakes, Spike Lee, members of the Congressional Black Caucus and several representatives from the White House- are speaking and acting in ways that are counter to the gospel of Christ. Not only were they performing (black expressions of religiosity like ‘catching the Holy Ghost’) and exaggerating for the cameras, but those chosen to speak at the funeral are continuing to repeat the lies and distortions about Brown the media helped perpetuated like Brown being a “gentle giant”; that he was simply, “walking down the street”; that he was shot while his “hands were up”- even though mounting evidence contradicts these disputed claims.  This canard was preached and cheered because for the funeral attendees, racial solidarity with one another for the cause of Michael Brown means more than, truth.

Speaking of lies, a friend of the Brown family stood in the pulpit and said with a straight face, that Michael Brown was a gentle guy, and on the day he died, Brown was out ‘spreading the word of Christ’. This was an absurd and embarrassing lie if there ever was one. Unfortunately for the speaker- and the speaker no doubt knows this- there’s video surveillance showing Brown using his height, weight and strength to bully a convenience store owner while he stole a box of cigarillos. Not sure if this qualifies as the peaceful evangelism, or ‘spreading the word of Christ’ normally associated with Christian missionaries.

The speakers are also continuing to talk about “justice” for Brown, even though some evidence suggests that Brown may have been culpable in his own death. I’m not suggesting that Brown deserved to die, but I am suggesting that if some of the hearsay turns out to be true- specifically that Brown did assault the police officer prior to his shooting, then it’s no surprise that he ended up shot, which resulted in his death. But this is of no matter for black supporters of Brown because black racial solidarity takes precedence.

But more to the point, what exactly does ‘justice’ mean when used in reference to- and demanded– for Brown? And what about ‘justice’ for officer Darren Wilson, the man who shot Brown? Again, if the evidence confirms the justifiable use of force of Wilson, against Brown, what about ‘justice’ then? That this is never asked by people purporting to be Christian, is very problematic.

Justice, particularly biblical justice that’s connected to righteousness– the justice that is required of- and characterized- by God, is not and cannot be compartmentalized. Justice is a disposition that permeates the entire being and an entire way of life. It’s not characterized by deceit, slander or falsified information. Thus, by definition, there cannot be “justice for Brown” in the way it’s demanded from his supporters, while at the same time ensuring justice for officer Darren Wilson who may have been… justified… for using force. Or in other words, there can’t be ‘justice’ for Michael Brown apart from or at the expense of justice being meted out for the situation in its entirety. If these people, these so-called Christians, truly sought justice, they wouldn’t attempt to partition it, or pervert it, in the manner in which they have done and continue to do.

For example, one of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:16) clearly says that one should not give false testimony against one’s neighbor, which is juxtaposed with Jesus’ warning in Matthew 12: 36 that everyone will have to account for what they’ve said come the day of reckoning. It seems that many of Brown’s supporters- because they repeat what increasingly appears to be untrue- are in direct and continued violation of this directive.

Further, Exodus 23: 1-3 and 7-8, shows that God clearly warns against spreading false reports in addition to resisting the pressure of following the crowd in doing wrong in perverting justice. This verse directly and immediately applies to all the rabble-rousers, “community activists/organizers,” “preachers,” celebrities and other Brown supporters in Ferguson and across the country. Every time the claim is repeated that Brown was “walking with his hands up,” when he was shot, which contradicts the autopsy report- until we have more detailed evidence, is false. Again, blacks standing pretentiously and sanctimoniously in racial solidarity is more important than truth. More specifically, for many blacks, racial solidarity is truth.

Lastly, Deuteronomy 16:19-20 teaches that people should not pervert justice by showing partiality; we are to follow justice and justice alone. In my opinion, based on the rhetoric heard during Brown’s funeral and the events that have taken place since Brown was shot, we’ve seen and heard nothing but partiality. This partiality is in favor of Brown, regardless of- and prior to- evidence released in relation to the investigation of Brown being killed. To be fair, many supporters of officer Wilson also show partiality in his favor, but it does not appear to be as transparent and egregious as what’s been witnessed from the sympathizers of Brown’s family.

To be blunt, it should be clear that the rhetoric from the Brown family supporters is proof that what they want isn’t justice; they want vengeance. Now one can argue that in some situations, vengeance is justice- or at the very least, justice and vengeance are two sides of the same coin. And one might have a point; but not here. These people want vengeance and from what has been said and demanded in the name of ‘justice’ (calling for Wilson’s firing and being indicted by a federal grand jury and charged with murder- regardless of evidence), is really not justice at all. It’s vengeance saturated with black racial solidarity.

The funeral attendees also heard Sharpton preach about ‘blackness’- what it is and what it’s not. His sermon aside- this is the schizophrenia which afflicts black Christians. This schizophrenia is characterized by attempting to personify dual identities held in tension with one another, that inevitably brings both identities into competition with one another. Once those identities come into conflict, the holder of these competing identities must chose which identity takes preference and which identity must be subjugated. Jesus taught that one cannot serve two masters. For the black Christian, his Christian identity is generally subjugated to his black identity, which goes against the admonition of Paul’s teaching- aside from not regarding anyone from a worldly point of view- that those who’re in Christ are new creations, with new perspectives.

Blacks continued cultic practice of racial empathy and solidarity, worshiping at the altar of race, has had devastating consequences, many of which have been on display during the last two weeks in Ferguson Missouri. Any hope of spiritual redemption of black Americans must be predicated on their black identity being subjected to their Christian identity. They must eschew racial solidarity in favor of familial solidarity in Christ. Then and only then can blacks have a chance to overcome self-inflicted pathologies, which have negatively characterized their communities across the country for far too long.

 

NAACP, ACLU Sue Again to Legalize Race, Sex-Based Abortions

Once again, it’s as if the NAACP sees itself as not having done enough to dishonor its legacy and completely ruin its reputation as a civil rights organization. In its fledgling grasps at political relevancy, the so-called civil rights organization- with the help of the ACLU- is suing the state of Arizona again in an attempt to achieve greater access to race and sex-based abortion.

Last year, the NAACP unsuccessfully sued the state of Arizona in an attempt to have the Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2011 declared unconstitutional. In their lawsuit, the NAACP and ACLU claimed that the law was “discriminatory” because it unfairly singled out black and Asian women in regards to abortion. As a result, the groups claimed that the law violated the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment because it “stigmatized” black and Asian women’s “decision” to kill their babies.

U.S. District Court Judge David Campbell dismissed the lawsuit saying the plaintiffs lacked standing.

Not content with having their original lawsuit thrown out, the NAACP- again with the help of the ACLU- is now begging the San Francisco-based Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider their lawsuit. Their argument this time- according to Alexa Kolbi-Molinas of the ACLU- is that presumably, black and Asian women in Arizona “must endure the humiliation of living under a government that views them as a threat to American values simply by virtue of alleged character flaws possessed by persons of their race.”

In other words, black and Asian women shouldn’t have to be associated with the stigma of intentionally having an abortion based on race or gender because it makes them feel bad. These women should be free to kill their black, and female preborn babies free from moral condemnation.

Fools, the whole lot.

The law doesn’t single out any ethnic or racial group; the law, as written, it applies to everyone, equally. As a result, the law isn’t discriminatory because the essence of the bill is to prevent discrimination in regards to abortion based on race and gender. If anything, it discriminates against those who would seek to discriminate against race and gender through the process of abortion.

But that hasn’t stopped the Maricopa County Branch of the NAACP, led by so-called Reverend Oscar Tillman – and by extension, the national NAACP organization since they haven’t spoken out against the actions of the local branch throughout this entire shameful process.

Again, The Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act makes illegal any and all abortions that are based on the race or sex of the mother or preborn child.  It also criminalizes anyone who knowingly performs an abortion that is the result of race or gender.  Lastly it criminalizes anyone who engages in physical or verbal coercion that leads to a race or sex-based abortion.

But the NAACP still isn’t content with the disproportionately high numbers of abortion in the black community; it wants more of them and will sue repeatedly to make it happen. Now, if a predominately white, conservative organization endeavored to sue a state in an attempt to rescind a law that prohibits race and sex-based abortions because they sought to increase the numbers of black babies aborted, it would rightly be called racist and one knows that the NAACP would waste no time letting America know the racist intentions of this racist organization, which they would also argue is a direct reflection of a racist America as a whole.

Yet the NAACP, again, is engaged in this very same practice, which clearly indicates their hypocrisy and broken moral compass. The NAACP is actively supporting a position- through word and deed- that will in theory increase abortion in the black community.  Doing so effectively undermines the association’s credibility (with many questioning if it has any left?) when it comes to being an advocate against racism.  Who should take seriously any organization that protests and demonstrates against racism while at the same time advocating a form of racism itself?

Since racism as a comprehensive obstacle to black advancement has been overcome, the NAACP no longer has any moral or cultural relevancy. It should therefore drop the pretense of being a civil rights organization (because in this case, civil rights don’t extend to those in the womb) and admit what it has become -and what many Americans already know- that it’s a political advocacy group that seeks to advance progressive political causes to the highest bidder.

For example, the NAACP is at odds with many black Americans on a number of issues. Blacks overwhelmingly support school choice; the NAACP doesn’t and has sided with teacher’s unions- responsible for delivering piss-poor, substandard education to poor black children- against school choice advocates, many of them being poor black parents.

The NAACP also supports same sex marriage; many blacks oppose it. The NAACP should be creating and implementing strategic initiatives that would encourage and increase marriage rates in the black community- which would increase the numbers of children born into two-parent homes. But it would rather march with “pride,” supporting the redefinition of marriage.

The NAACP is against stop-and-frisk, proactive policing techniques; many blacks, particularly those who live in neighborhoods plagued with violent crime, support these techniques. The NAACP and other black “intelligentsia” argue against stop-and-frisk, calling the practice racist. They also actively prevent these measures from being implemented or maintained. But that only increases the numbers of poor, law-abiding blacks who become victims of violent criminals, many of them being black themselves since crime is largely an intra-racial phenomenon.

The NAACP supports increasing the minimum wage as an effective economic policy to decrease income and wealth inequality. Yet many blacks realize that increasing the minimum wage prices many in their communities out of the workforce because the wage is higher than the skillset many blacks, particularly black men, have. Unfortunately, on top of receiving poor quality education, many blacks have low job skills. This combination has lead to disproportionately high and sustained levels of unemployment among blacks. To have an opportunity to develop work skills and increase their economic value, many blacks prefer expanded economic opportunities that allow for participation in the workforce. Increasing minimum wage only benefits those fortunate enough to be employed, not those who aren’t.

None of these issues, as they relate to blacks, matters to the NAACP. They are chiefly concerned with maintaining cultural and political relevancy, literally at the expense of those they claim to represent. For this very reason, the NAACP should cease self-identifying as a civil rights organization, change their status from a 501(c)(3) to a 501(c)(4) and be done with it already.

Then they can whore w/o lying.