Confusing Racism And Racial Injustice - And Response

Sunday, February 17, 2019
I guess many people confuse racism with racial injustices. They're only related in the sense when racism is used to make legal and physical racial injustices take place. Racism is an emotion anyone is entitled to. That's their cross to bear. Something the racist will one day have to give an accounting for. Racial injustices takes physical, emotional, psychological and mental actions that can cripple and destroy; physically, emotional, psychological and mental. It can break bones as well as the human spirit.
Racial injustices can kill. 

I never gave it much thought just how restrictive something as simple as movement can be for certain groups in a racially driven environment such as can be in America, until I had young boys of my own. Not that I hadn't experienced the same on certain levels in life, or while listening to stories of my brothers even while serving in the military. It was watching racial injustices take its toll on my own young sons and their friends from an early age that opened a newer door of awareness. 

Watching over the decades how strong armed, excessive and over the top policing in primarily minority and/or racially mixed neighborhoods often led to the decimation, further polarization, increasing poverty in already fragile communities; watching families torn apart...........creating hostilities among neighbors brought on an even greater awareness. The monster was always there, lurking and ready to pounce, but subconsciously and without thinking or realizing it, we manage somehow to avoid it as if thinking you can outrun your own shadow only to look behind you and the shadow is always there. At times the shadow was even ahead of you. You learn you can no more pretend nor ignore racial injustices than you can outrun your shadow.  

In poor minority communities people have been forced into transiency. Meaning they're not allowed to or given time to set down roots, raise families, create or build up themselves, one another and the communities they live. They don't have time to create yard of the month clubs or welcome anyone to a community, because they've learned their existence is so fragile they don't know how long they will be there themselves before being run off by some senseless new ordinance, gentrification or revitalization that does nothing to uplift--only destroy, scatter the masses where they have to try to pick up the pieces and start over again and again. There's no time or no funds left to worry about how your yard looks or make home repairs when you're forced to worry about where your next meal is coming from or to pay a court fee or fine after being ticketed or arrested over some senseless non-violent, or even made up  infraction. 

It's those type senseless racial injustices that keep people, groups, and communities from being able to stabilize themselves or move upward or forward, not because they are more criminally prone, but because they make soft targets. They have no or very little protection, leaving them vulnerable. 

It isn't the emotion racism that's the problem as much as it is the racial injustices which thrives on racism that cripples, land-lock its victims; restricting something as simple as movement, or standing still in one spot too long--or being the wrong skin color in a certain place can bring about dire consequences if you're not the right skin color and in the wrong place at a wrong time, or even in your own space at any given time for that matter. Something as simple as looking in the certain direction of someone, or taking an innocent picture of a bird in flight and the camera by chance accidentally captures a child at play can be misinterpreted, because of paranoia, suspicion, racial stereotypes. 

Don't confuse racism with racial injustice. Victims of racism have always found a way to out run its shadow. They just couldn't always outrun the lynch mobs when racism went into physical mode, and racial injustices took hold. 

Brenda Washington 

 

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Acts 17:26
From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 

Only God can change a mans heart. Injustice has no boundaries such as race or income. 

Ecclesiastes 1:9
What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.

God's people (Jews) were slaves to Egypt.  Hitler slaughtered millions of Jews and on it goes. 

To this day and beyond their are slaves of Jesus Christ that are being killed. I too serve Christ and 
through Him am a child of God. 

This world and it’s wickedness is passing. But those who are in Christ obey His commandments and care very little about social injustice because there’s no such thing. It’s either justice or injustice, saved or lost, obeying God or obeying Satan. 

We are in a fallen world controlled by the father of lies. Be that light on a hill and that light of Jesus (the Gospel) ie. Good News will produce fruit - Godliness, patience, love and, yes, justice. 

We all know what’s wrong with the world, we are evil. Only God is good.  The only way to God is through His Son Jesus Christ. 

When our time comes to exit our jars of clay and we’re in Christ, the days of injustice and sinfulness will be over. 

I’m so thankful God looks at the heart and not our outward appearance, as man can only do. 

Michael Burns




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