Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” And as the Bible says, “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” ( 1 Corinthians 12:26 )
I went out to George Floyd’s Vigil this past Monday because I believe in life, dignity, and respect. For a police officer to put his knee on a man’s neck for over eight minutes while his hands are cuffed behind his back is just evil.
What Derek Chauvin did rubs against our very Judeo-Christian foundations and teachings to “ Do unto others, as you want them to do to you”. America was built for a society with a Christian conscience because each citizen knew to do right because God was watching them. America was built for people looking to escape tyranny and worship God as it is written in the Bible. But when people don’t fear God and don’t care about Christian principles then God uses the government to step in. But when the government doesn’t step in God uses other governments to do so. If God is dissatisfied with all of us, then he can wipe us out just like in the story of Noah.
This is not just a “ Black issue ” just like the civil war wasn’t just a “Black issue” but a moral issue and the United States couldn’t stand righteously on its principles of freedom while denying people of darker skin freedom. The US could not stand boldly against injustice outside its borders while practicing injustice inside its borders.
Thank God for Lincoln who saw that this adjustment needed to be made, because if not… then the US would have crumbled on a hypocritical foundation. If Lincoln would have not signed the emancipation proclamation in 1863 and enforced it through the civil war, then that would have given America’s enemies legitimate reason to do to America… what is was doing to black citizens. Slavery had to be abolished not only for the sake of blacks but for the sake of America.
Racially motivated police brutality is not just a black issue, but a matter of morality, and righteousness. We need to change the way police officers are trained in dealing with minorities and not because it’s a black issue, but because it’s a moral issue… because we’re all created in the image of God ( Gen 1:27). If we don’t handle moral issues properly as a people, then God’s supreme court will look at us with a pending punishment of doom over all our heads.
My prayers go out to the family of George Floyd, and anyone else who has lost a family member due to police brutality whether it was racially motivated or not. This is a painful thing, but pain points to what needs to be done. Because of this, we realize that the Minneapolis police department and other departments with similar cases need better accountability, and training on how it treats people especially minorities.
What are your thoughts?
- Do you only see police brutality as a black issue or do you see it as a moral issue?
2. Do you think we’re missing the point by turning it into a race issue instead of a moral issue?
3. How do we end police brutality ?
Please check out my other article : ” How to End Police Brutality? ”
Like always be respectful in your comments, don’t degrade each other by name-calling and please use the majority of your comment to give solutions rather than problems.
Michael aka “Malan Jones” is a worship leader, writer, artist, and producer born in Georgia but now resides in Tucson where he creates music and videos that proclaim the gospel. He has a B.A. in Film and Media Arts from the University of Tampa and an M.A. in Christian Leadership from Grand Canyon University.
1 thought on “Life Dignity and Respect -Racially Motivated Police Brutality is Not Just a “Black” Issue”
I’d also say that it isn’t just a “black issue” because police brutality isn’t a black issue. A black man and white man can have conflict without it necessarily being a racial issue. Also, people of all skin color experience police brutality.