@Regrann from @time - Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer, who was killed after a white nationalist drove a car into a crowd of counterprotesters in #Charlottesville on Saturday, paid tribute to her daughter at a memorial service there on Aug. 16. “They tried to kill my child to shut her up," she said. "Well guess what, you just magnified her."⠀ ⠀
Video source: Pool - #regrann
Sometimes, being black is like living inside a terrible movie where the world is so racist that it’s damn near impossible to believe. For example, imagine being a movie producer and I came to you to pitch this idea:
OK, there’s a woman cop named #BettyShelby. One day, while on duty, Shelby kills an unarmed black man named Terence Crutcher while he is walking away from her with his hands in the air. It is caught on two different cameras.
In the second act, our antagonist goes on a news show like ... oh, let’s say 60 Minutes. She damn near admits to the crime. She tells the interviewer, “If I wait to find out if he had a gun or not, I could very well be dead. ... There’s something that we [police] always say: ‘I’d rather be tried by 12 than carried by six.’” Then her lawyers float the idea that Crutcher was a criminal, calling him a “certified gang member.” The trial happens at the beginning of the third act, and even with video evidence, even with her statements, even though her only defense is that she thought Crutcher might have been reaching for a weapon that didn’t exist through a window that was closed—she gets acquitted! The police department tells her she can keep working in a cushy desk job, but she says, “Naaah, I’m good. I want a job where I can be on the street to possibly kill more unarmed black men,” so she resigns. Then, in the last scene, she walks into the sunset ... no, even better, she gets a job as a sheriff’s officer, with a gun and everything. She lives happily ever after. Orchestra music plays. Fade to black. Credits roll.
You’d kick me out of your office. You’d tell me it was too “on the nose” and didn’t have enough nuance. “Sure, the world is racist,” you’d say. “But not that racist.” You’d think no one would go see that movie. “It’s too unbelievable,” you’d say.
#BettyShelby, the former #Tulsa, Okla., police officer acquitted of killing Terence Crutcher in cold blood—even though there are two videos that show her
Sadly, what this reveals to me is that what has angered the hearts of African-American's in this country has fallen on deaf ears and un-empathetic hearts in the area of justice and reform. Do we not know that the one who cares about social order is God? Do we not know that the one who speaks against systematic racism is God? Do we not realize that it is God who mandates justice for all His image bearers? Have we not heard of a gospel that reconciles the Jew and Samaritan (John 4)? Have we not heard of a gospel that sees privilege as something lay down and not a sword of oppression to take up (Philippians 2)? Have we not heard that God proclaims freedom to the poor and disenfranchised (Leviticus 25:1-10)? Have we not heard that Jesus stands on the side of the maligned and the persecuted (Luke 6)? Have we not read somewhere that Jesus proclaims freedom to the captives (Luke 4)? Do we not know the God who died on the cross and reconciled both the Jew and Gentile unto Himself (Romans 1:16? How then could this 'Christian nation' be so de-synthesized to the perils of African-Americans? How then could the Christian see the footage of #philandocastile being executed, while posing no threat, and not be angered? How could the Christian see #terrancecrutcher shot and killed, in cold blood, and not be dismayed? How could the Christian see #walterscott shot in the back, several times, and then witness the police officer plant a gun by his body (on video!) and not be enraged? How could the Christian witness the shooting of twelve year old #tamirrice and not be dejected over the loss of this child's life? How could a Christian hear of seventeen year old #trayvonmartin being followed by an older man, after the man had been told not to do so by the 911 operator, and killed for looking black and suspicious in a suburban neighborhood and not be ridden with a Holy rage? Why? Because #blacklivesdontmatter in America and it is proven everyday when our cries of degradation are met with silence and apathy.