By Pastor Davis Byars
The two America’s that we live in are not balanced with equal justice under the law for all people. Although some will argue that since we now have an African American President that we now have a balance of fairness in America. This is so far from the truth that it would make a duck’s head spin round and round under water.
The system of unfairness has always been stacked against the African American people. Unfortunately too many people in America today do not know; understand are even want to know the History of America and the Slave trade that built this great country of ours on the backs of the African American people. The injustice that took place over centuries ago is still percolating in our society as a whole today.
Let’s look at what took place just 200 short years ago; our founding fathers wrote into the US Constitution that slaves were to be counted as three fifths of a human being. These are the African American people that were taken away from their families in Africa, brought to the New World on Slaves Ships and sold into slavery. Children taken away from their Mothers and Fathers never to know who their real parents ever were, beaten and raped just so the master could have enough labor to earn him the standard of living that he required.
Just 147 years ago the southern states launched the Civil War to defend the free white citizen’s power to hold others in bondage.
Time and time again our justice system has ruled unfairly against its African American Citizens forcing unequal justice upon them and placing them in a world set apart from the rest of the other world in America. This is the two America’s that we live in today.
Only 112 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that laws consigning blacks to “separate but equal” facilities were constitutional.
And finally I ask you to think deeply on this; just 50 short years ago President Lyndon Johnson pushed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 through Congress, and then followed by the Voting Rights Act of 1965 giving Black people in America the legal right to vote.
Yes we have come a long way since Slavery and the Dred Scott Supreme Court decision on March 6, 1857 when our U.S. Supreme Court wrote in a 7-2 decision that a slave who had resided in a free state and territory where slavery was prohibited was not thereby entitled to his freedom; that African Americans were not and could never be citizens of the United States.
Now as we see it today, this nation has been truly haunted by its original sins of putting people in bondage and selling them as slaves to increase their economy well being and regulating Blacks as second class citizens and in many cases not citizens at all has been raven by the torment of race and yet so dedicated to the ideal that all men are created equal has now elected Barack Obama as its first African American President.
Watching the looting and burning of one of America’s greatest cities was so dishearten. There is no excuse for it. The looting and rioting that took place in Baltimore, Maryland and broadcasted on T.V. screens all over the world was truly a very sad commentary, and it can never be excused, swept under the carpet nor washed away by any amount of words, nor can the unjustified continuous killing of young black men by police without justice being served be swept under the carpet. One does not justify the other. Justice must be served up equally in all situations for all of God’s people.
It furthers disheartens me to read some of the writings of my Christian brothers and sisters and especially the Pastors and teachers who are servants of the Lord and called to be thy an example of Jesus Christ whom I admire and respect a lot, blame Black people as a whole for all that is taking place there in Baltimore and all across America without looking at the bigger picture of what is and has been going on in the two America’s that we live in that always seem to deprive Black People of their human rights, dignity, freedom, and economic opportunities.
Yes, condemn the rioting, looting, burning and all the criminal acts that have taken place. But look first in the mirror and ask yourself, “What have I done to help make the surrounding communities in which I live and work in a better place for all people?”
It is high time to stop playing the blame game and help to improve the living conditions in America for all people, weather it is helping to raise the minimum wage, improve the educational system, providing more jobs for the young people, helping to rebuild your surrounding communities by volunteering your time and resources, helping to ensure the voting rights for all people, helping to build better relations between the races rather than blaming and condemning, these are just a few suggestions, the list can go on and on providing you truly want to help make this become one America for all people instead of the two America’s we now live in.
Now let us understand that Knowledge is power and it can help to empower the people that you lead to overcome poverty and the sins of the past. We all have the responsibility to becoming better stewards over the resources that our God has provided to us. Let us take our responsibility seriously using the many gifts that we have been blessed with to empower the people to help them make the necessary changes that can improve their individual lives and improve the lives and economic conditions of all people not just the one percent.
LET US PRAY:
Lord we thank you for the many blessings that you have bestowed upon all your people, and we know that you are truly a loving and forgiving God who will always apply equal justice over your people only has a loving father will do. We call upon you Heavenly Father to bring peace, justice and healing upon a divided America. Let us learn and grow from our past mistakes and sins we all have committed that we may experience the true peace, love and joy that you will provide to all of us who love and obey your laws. We thank you Father for the healing that has already begun to take place and we know that in due time all things will come together for the good of those who love you, in Jesus name, Amen!