"Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that. Darkness Cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that"
What Now in Race Relations?
No doubt, some number of Americans refused to vote for President Obama on the basis of his race. But whatever the number, it is dwarfed by the number of Americans who voted FOR him on the basis of his race. At no point in our history and in few places on earth is racism less of a problem.
Yet 80% of young blacks and more than 50% of young whites say that racism is a "major problem". How can that be? It's not because they've experienced or witnessed it to any large degree. It's because they've been told that it's a major problem from the mass and social media. We now know (shouldn't we have examined the evidence first?) that police don't shoot black suspects resisting arrest any more than they do whites, according to the research of Dr Roland Fryer, a Harvard professor who had the courage to bring some veritas into this national discussion. Better yet, as a black man, he'll even get to keep his job.
But why would the news media deliberately perpetrate a hoax on America that has led to the execution murders of multiple police officers and many more innocent black citizens killed in the ensuing lawlessness created by a neutered police force? In a word, politics.
After nearly two terms with our first black president, the fact that the conditions in our inner cities have not improved is so starkly obvious that only a smokescreen of burning racial conflict could obscure it. And obscure it they must since what is ailing black America is not white racism but progressive policies. Well intentioned (aren't our intentions always?) but ill conceived welfare programs have largely removed the black father from the home and replaced him with Uncle Sam--a clueless distant relative who can provide neither protection nor love, but can create a lifelong problem for his children when it comes to achieving independence and relating positively to authority figures.
From that environment, most black children are confined to a school system where they will find neither effective discipline nor public accountability. A system that could be readily reformed by funding students rather than bureaucracies, if not for the teacher's unions and the Democrat politicians beholden to them.
The Big Lie that led to the scapegoating of policemen (low paid, under-appreciated heroes who would willingly risk their lives should any BLM activist dial just 3 numbers on his smart phone) and their subsequent murders was employed merely to distract us all, black and white, liberal and conservative, from making an accurate diagnosis based on the evidence. Evidence that progressivism does not want examined. Dead cops were just an unintended, if predictable, side effect. That's my diagnosis. But I will defer to another Doctor for the remedy.
Dr King's prescription of LOVE and LIGHT continues to ring true, as I witnessed in my conversation with my sons this week--the white son I have known for all his 12 years and our 17 year old black son who, as some of you know, just recently joined our family. Like all parents of black sons, we had "the police talk". Not because (armed as I am with knowledge) I feared for his safety from our police, but because I did not know what lies about them he may have already absorbed that could endanger him. It went something like this:
Me: "Boys, (the girls were in the car too) you should know that 95% of all civilians shot by police are male. . ."
Them: "That's awful! Everyone knows girls are just as likely to commit violent crimes and resist arrest. Why do they hate us so much and what can be done to end police sexism?"
. . . actually no. Despite never having accessed the FBI statistics on police shootings, they seemed to not be at all surprised to hear this. So I continued.
Me: "The police have a really hard job, often dealing with people at their worst. They never know who is strung out on drugs or might try to shoot them to avoid arrest. Sometimes they make mistakes, like the medical professionals that kill nearly 100,000 Americans each year from some estimates. Despite what you might have heard, police shoot people rarely (less than 400 most years), reluctantly and based on the suspects threatening behavior, not their race. Studies have confirmed this. They would risk their lives for you if you needed them to, so treat them with respect and do exactly what they ask you to do. Does that make sense?"
Them: "Yes, it sure does"
Light. Cleansing their minds of the creeping darkness of fear and paranoia. My black son received this truth as readily as my white son did, despite having some reason (as do, we must remember, many of the black activists) to have a psychological issue with authority figures and the police officers that hold that place in his psyche. But I believe he was better able to see the light because he first knew he was loved. Love first, then Light.
To bring racial healing we must approach our black brothers and sisters in a spirit of love before we can together discover truth. It won't be as easy as ignoring their concerns (as conservative Christians are inclined to do) or emboldening a false ideology (as liberal Christians are so prone to). Speaking the truth in love is one of the most challenging calls on the life of the Christian. But it is one we must take up, for the sake of our church and our nation.
Aggie Football: Winners Already
Three years ago, The Beagle told you "Why Johnny Shouldn't Play" making the case that benching him for his summer of discontent was in the best interest of our football program and Manziel. Instead, we enjoyed a less than memorable 9-4 season and a young man learned that the rules still don't apply to him.
Worse, that poison (and a lot of pot) permeated the locker room, leaving us with a performance and leadership gap these past two years that new quarterback Trevor Knight had the maturity to recognize and the courage to call out. Credit Coach Sumlin for bringing him on board and for one other recent hire that you may have overlooked: Mikado Hinson, Aggie Football's director of player development. He's a bold Christian family man that coordinated the Haiti mission trip that was well attended by the team, including Trevor. The absence of off season news from our current players is no coincidence.
While I'm not ready to make my prediction for the team's record this year, I am optimistic and ready to take a new measure of pride in this team regardless of the outcome on the field.
The Eagle Upgrades Advice Column
A few years back, bad advice columnist Margo hopped on her broom leaving us to negotiate life's challenges with only the vacuous pscychobabble of Annie's Mailbox to guide us. But new columnist Dear Annie is cut from a different cloth. Her no-nonsense advice rooted in traditional values is reminiscent of Dr Laura and more of what our ailing culture needs.
First they bring back my favorite superhero, Dagwood Bumstead (Think about it: He eats whatever he wants and stays skinny. Loafs at work and keeps his job. A goofball with a knockout wife. Who else could a man aspire to be?) and now this. The Beagle tosses them a fair minded bone.
College Station Woman Punished for Breaking Law
A College Station woman has been assessed a sizable fine by the city of Bryan for exceeding the speed limit when she had "no intent" whatsoever to break the law (don't ask me how I know this). No doubt, she was "extremely careless" but was she "criminally negligent"? I don't think any reasonable prosecutor would pursue an indictment. Yet the punishment, it seems, cannot be avoided. Worse, if she were to have committed this same offense multiple times, she could be jailed. It's as if the authorities believe she must face the consequences of her actions and that the rule of law applies to her! I've suggested she appeal this to Obama's FBI.