The latest incident to captivate the media is the Charleston Massacre and, once again, the immediate reaction is calls for action that have nothing to do with the real source of the evil.
This morning, I listened to demands that South Carolina take down the Confederate flag. Decades ago, when I used to listen to Rush Limbaugh’s radio show, he used to preach about “symbolism over substance” and this certainly qualifies. The presence of the flag, I would argue, should be encouraged. Why? Because it serves as a reminder and, as we all have heard, those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it.
Further, on the flag issue, what do these people think the Stars and Stripes represent? Was this not the flag that has flown over slavery since the flag’s creation? Let’s forget about flags and discuss the real core issue: Black Lives Don’t Matter… Not Even to Blacks!Black Lives Really Don't Matter - Not Even to Blacks! #TheRealIssue #BTO15 Click To Tweet
Does this shock you? It shouldn’t. If it does then you haven’t been paying attention to the increase in shootings taking place in America’s cities. I’m not talking about police shootings. I’m talking about blacks attacking other blacks. (Some attribute the increase to the fact that police, responding to protests aimed at them, have backed off and allowed criminals to roam more freely.)
This fact is not new. It’s raised often — as an offensive attack in debates with left-wing activists who want to blame others for oppressing them rather than take on the much bigger challenge of addressing those things they have the power to improve.
I had started to watch a Web site that reported the shootings in Baltimore — including the race & gender of shooter and victim — but, after a few days, it was clear that there really wasn’t much point to it. About 90% of the crimes were committed by African-American males.
I don’t believe this is ‘normal’. I also don’t believe the situation will get any better until those with some influence in the most effected neighborhoods decide that enough blood has been shed. In other words, black lives need to start mattering to black community leaders.
To Your Health and For His Glory,
Brother Tony O
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