Black America knows because Black America experiences Racism daily ...and White America knows because White America practices Racism daily. But if you profess not to know, go with this: Racism in America means political, social, financial, and educational control over a Race of people while also internalizing your Race is superior. And let’s put to bed the concept and the construct that Blacks are Racist. We do not control anything, not even when President Obama was President. We have our prejudices, but control, we ain’t even close.
And yet, we go through these machinations trying to pretend Racism does not exist. Black America tries to ignore it and somehow “work around it”...some in Black America anyway...and White America constantly denies its Racism.
WE are now where we are...with rampant overt Racism...an Overt Racist White president...White American Racists emboldened to feel they can do any damn thing they want, because they know whatever they do they can get away with it...and political and religious institutions that simply cease to exist as fair, equal, and moral compasses of America. We are really in no different a place than where we have been historically in this Racist Christian country. In fact, churches are among the most segregated public spaces in America.
During slavery, White Religious leaders ignored the American Institution of Slavery which put Black people in chains because of the color of their skin.
White religious leaders today also ignore the American Institution of Racism which seeks to keep Black people in political, financial, social and educational chains because of the color of their skin. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. – in his final book, 1967's "Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?" – wrote that the Christian church "has been an accomplice in structuring racism into the architecture of American society." In fact, they are the Amen Corner for America’s White Racist president. And while White religious leaders are supporting Racism, Black religious leaders are More Than complicit with their Wimpish silence about Racism and their DO-NOTHING attitude in fighting Racism. Christianity and Racism CANNOT co-exist.
Then there are Blacks who go-along to get-along... we know them ... we have seen them...you might be one yourself...but they will never say a mumbling word about White American Racism.
Do-gooder White preachers will have you believe that we can have a prayer breakfast or a prayer luncheon or a prayer dinner or just pray “by itself” and all problems would be solved. Black preachers like to have Prayer Vigils. Yet there is NEVER follow-up of Any Kind!
I am a Christian and I believe in prayer. I know enough about Biblical teachings to know and internalize that PRAYER IS ACTION, and prayer needs to lead to further outward action with the focus on alleviating hurt and fighting an evil like Racism. Simply ‘praying’ for changes without doing anything about the object of your prayer is not going to do anything because your faith hasn’t changed you enough to change your behavior.
I’m reminded of a recent quote from Pope Francis, who said, “You pray for the hungry. Then you feed them. That’s how prayer works.” Prayer is accompanied by care, care for those who are hurting and oppressed, for those lost and weary.
We are where we are today...with some fighting the Racism as practiced by White America...the Voter Suppression of Black people by White America individually and collectively...egged on by a Racist White president...who was elected by a Racist White America ... because we ignore and deny and some even try and justify, White American Racism.
I went to see an exhibit here in Jacksonville several years ago that purported to say, we are more alike under the skin than we are different. Uh Huh...that sounds good. But question was, if we are more alike, WHY do we have Racism as practiced in these As Yet United States of America...TODAY? No answer to that.
Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer: “We want what is rightfully ours. And it’s no need of running and no need of saying, ‘Honey, I’m not going to get in the mess.’ Because if you were born in America with a Black face, you were born in the mess!”
And White America, YOU created the Mess!
The Struggle Continues!
Rodney. L. Hurst, Sr.