Monday, December 01, 2014

More Tragic Irony in Ferguson

I want you to look closely at the photos above. A couple of days after Thanksgiving, I had hoped to move on from the Ferguson tragedy, but I can't quite let it go yet. Yesterday (and let me state, outside of the news, I have family and friends who live in the St. Louis area. I know it pretty well) there was news that the USA Communist Party sent their minions to Ferguson to hand out fliers. Of course, following their typical line, they're trying to stoke the fires of unrest for their own evil purposes. I think it needs to be said that the Democratic Party—once the home of staunch patriotic, pro-American, pro-capitalist Democrats like Scoop Jackson and John F. Kennedy—needs to have a cleansing of itself because so many of these far-left (call them communists because that's what they are) have co-opted the party. It started in the late 1960s, and it's only gotten worse since then.

Am I saying that the Democrats are communists? Not at all. Probably the majority are not. But they have allowed the far left to take control and drive the agenda, using false guilt as their billy club.

The second photo was taken at a "Ferguson" protest but not in Ferguson, Missouri. It was taken in Portland, Oregon. The Pacific Northwest is known as a pretty liberal area, but I think we can leave that aside. Honestly, I think the photo of a 12-year-old black child embracing a Caucasian police office could well be taken in many, many places across the country—even in Ferguson. Even in the South—where the stereotype is that racism is rampant and Jim Crow is still ruling.

I think that's one of the things that makes me the maddest about this whole affair, and the way it is handled in the media. I do not deny for one second that there are people who still harbor racist attitudes and behaviors. But we have come a LONG way from where we used to be. My family is from the South. My family—at least my mother and father, and grandparents on both sides—were Republicans in a generation where Republicans were not popular in the South. We were taught from childhood that prejudice and racism were wrong, and we were proud of our loving friendships with those whose melanin levels were darker than ours. Ironically, a NORTHERN uncle of mine tried to throw my mother out of her own car while he was visiting in Arkansas because my mother had the temerity to see a black friend of hers, stopped the car, and ran out to embrace her on the sidewalk. My father got our family up and left a diner in Missouri because they refused to serve a black family. So you see, the Southern stereotypes don't always fit.

I grew up in the North, but my values came from my Southern family. As a child, we knew a black family who taught us more about right attitudes than anyone else I have ever met. The patriarch of this family was named Johnnie. He told my mother once, "Miss Rea, when I look at you, I don't see black or white. I just see you." Oh, how we loved Johnnie and his dear wife, Annie. They modeled true Christian love and behavior. I learned so much from them. They personified what REPUBLICAN Dr. Martin Luther King preached. "Content of character, not color of skin."

Would to God that today's "civil rights leaders" would do the same thing. And to the little boy and police officer above? Keep loving, keep sympathizing, keep embracing, and keep modeling your example of the way things OUGHT to be. I'm proud of you. You both need to be the true civil rights leaders, and today's race-baiters and rabble-rousers whose income, power, and livelihood rests on keeping the fires stoked need to be put out to pasture.

It really all boils down to the command of our Lord Jesus. "Love one another." Do that, and you'll be amazed how much will work itself out.

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