Would you hug the murderer of your family member?
In the Amber Guyger (White policewoman) Murder trial for killing Botham Jean (Black), both Jean's brother and the Black judge hugged Guyger, after the judge sentenced her to only 10 years for murdering Jean in his own apartment. She could have been sentenced to 99 years. Guyger supposedly killed Jean because she got his apartment and her apartment "mixed up" and thought "he was in her apartment."
There has since been this ongoing dialogue about his family "forgiving her" for the murder of their Loved One. What the judge was doing, no one really knows.
Why is it Black folks feel they NEED to pray for, and forgive those who killed their Loved One(s), and in turn, they feel, would allow them to "let the pain go?" Does forgiveness and prayer "bleach" your mine and your memory? Do you always forgive your enemies, forget about the hatred and their Racist Murders, and then develop amnesia as if nothing happened? Do you forgive and forget the Racist who went to your church and killed your mother? Do you forgive and forget the Racist policeman who killed your brother? Do you forgive and forget the Racists who killed your cousin?
Do you ask Jews to forgive and pray for Hitler and the Nazis? Do you ask parents to forgive and pray for the murderers who killed their children in school ? Do you ask Myrlie Evers (Williams) to forgive and pray for Byron DeLa Beckwith and the sniper rifle he fired to kill Medgar Evers? Do you ask Vernon Dahmer's sons to forgive and pray for the Klan members who firebombed their house and killed their Dad, AFTER, he saw to it the four of them and their mother made it to safety, and then stayed to protect his property? Do you ask a mother and a father to forgive and pray for the Klan members who bombed your church, killing your child?
Then, why in the H-E-Double Sticks are you asking me to forgive, and even pray for my enemies? Save your Christian moralizing for someone else.
Rodney. L. Hurst, Sr.