By: Susan Bea Good
An estimated one million people have signed an online petition to re-charge George Zimmerman, with a Federal crime focused on the possible violation of Trayvon Martin’s civil rights.
Thousands are expected to gather today, in more than 100 cities, to protest the not-guilty verdict handed down one week ago. Early reports are that protestors are feeling hopeless about social “injustices” between the black and white races here in America.
I too am feeling hopeless…about my personal relationships with Blacks.
I am “White.” My grandparents were Dutch, Jewish, and Scotch-Irish. I have black friends and family. I meet with women “of color” each Wednesday for Bible Study. My sister has two adopted African-American children. Just last month I worked alongside a talented black teen, who taught the Bible lesson in the 5-Day Club I was hosting…this young man was so strong in godly character that I introduced him to my own teen daughter (hoping someday God gives her a husband of that quality).
But today I am supposed to feel estranged from all black people in America.
This trial’s result has given the “haters” another opportunity to scream their ugly message of division and destruction. I have been listening intently, and have not heard any productive direction coming from any of them…just “hate white people!”
My heart is pained at the loss of fellowship this ramped-up race-distrust has brought into my relationships. I believe I’ve lost one pastor-friend for good, my Bible Study ladies may not be able to accept my leadership…even my niece and nephew are negatively affected by this horrible push to embed racial division.
I blame Liberals for a lot…and they get the credit for this one too. Libs in leadership come in many colors, but they have this one thing in common…they thrive on enlarging divisions between people groups.
“We the people” can resist this division…not exactly sure how in practical terms, but we can determine not to accept hopelessness as a way of life here in America!
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” (Romans 15:13/ESV)