World News Brief Episode 9
Do ALL black lives matter? Today we take a deep dive into the George Floyd protests, who are the ones most hurt by the rioting, ask the troubling question if ALL black lives really matter, even the ones we cannot exploit politically, whether or not there is really systemic racism in the police, and a lot more. Join us for this special edition of World News Brief by CGM Radio.
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And welcome to this June 12, 2020 edition of World News Brief, I am your host Winston R Holland. We have a LOT to get into on today’s show as there has been a LOT going on and a lot I want get through. As I said in the show intro, we’re taking a deep dive into the issue of the rioting, the violence, whether or not there is systemic racism in the police, who is actually being hurt the most by the destruction of our cities (hint: it’s not white people) and more. This show is a big mix of news and commentary so buckle up and let’s do this.
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All right. First, as a Christian, let me make a couple things abundantly clear about what the scripture teaches about humanity and racism. And remember, when I say as a Christian, I don’t mean simply a born again believer in Jesus Christ, I’m also referring to the fact that Christianity and it’s moral objectives are foundational not just to the United States but Western Civilization as a whole. So we are all, born again believer or not, beneficiaries of a rich tradition that makes it even possible to have human rights and care for the individual:
- We are all created in the image of God, male and female, and thus are all of equal worth and of eternal value before God, regardless of shade of skin (Ge. 1:26-27).
- Because we are children of Adam and Eve, we are technically all brothers and sisters. And again, because we are all children of Noah and his wife, we are all brothers and sisters. Let that sink in – it’s critical. Your neighbor, technically, IS a member of your family, not merely a member of the same race (human race)..
- Specifically for Christianity, in Christ there is “no distinction” between male and female, Jew or Gentile, and even slave or freeman, we are all one in Christ Jesus (Gal. 3:28). The New Testament affirms and expands the eternal truth of all mankind’s equality and worth before God, specifically regardless of gender, ethnicity, and social standing. You talk about revolutionary… especially in the Roman world at the time, THAT is a revolutionary thought.
Books could be and have been written about this, but I think that should suffice for now that it is clear that to judge, hate, or discriminate against someone because of their skin color, darker or lighter, or somewhere in-between, is wrong.
Enter the George Floyd tragedy. And here is the summary of what happened from Wikipedia which uses multiple sources, just to remind us and provide a framework from which the rest of the show will be built off of:
“He died after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds during the arrest. Floyd was handcuffed face down in the street, while two other officers further restrained Floyd and a fourth prevented onlookers from intervening. For the last three of those minutes Floyd was motionless and had no pulse, but officers made no attempt to revive him. Chauvin kept his knee on Floyd’s neck as arriving emergency medical technicians attempted to treat him.
“The official autopsy found Floyd died of cardiopulmonary arrest caused by subdual and restraint. The toxicologist found several psychoactive substances or metabolites in his system, and the medical examiner noted fentanyl intoxication and recent methamphetamine use as significantly contributory to his death, though not the cause. A second autopsy, commissioned by Floyd’s family and performed by Michael Baden, [editor’s note: who, incidentally, was Michael Brown’s AND Jeffrey Epstein’s pathologist] without access to various tissue and fluid samples, found that the “evidence is consistent with mechanical asphyxia as the cause” of death, with neck compression restricting blood flow to the brain, and back compression restricting breathing.”
So, that’s the backdrop for what we have now as perhaps the largest protest of a person’s death in the history of the country. Hundreds of thousands of people, who, magically, are no longer susceptible to Covid due to the wokeness and concern of Covid-19 for police brutality and racism, gather not only for peaceful protesting, but also looting, rioting, vandalism, arson, and thus violence and murder. The virus is so powerful that it even had the ability on June 7 to turn the heart of the Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, and get him to actually allow his state to begin to reopen. This is a truly deadly, yet Promethean-like virus.
Regarding the violence and murder I just mentioned, so far, as of this broadcast, June 12, 2020, the best numbers I could find were that at least fifteen people have been murdered or died as a result of those riots, six city blocks in Seattle, including city hall, were invaded and stolen and have barricades set up around it complete with armed “police” and a rapper warlord (yes folks, Trump/America/police hating insurrectionists have walls to protect their “city” and guns to protect their streets – you can’t make this stuff up), naming it eerily similar to what moviegoers would see in a dystopian teen flick – Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone.
Countless businesses, many minority-owned, have been destroyed, police stations, police cars, and ambulances have been burned or destroyed, historic statues torn down including the great colonizer himself, Christopher Columbus, demands for renaming military bases were screamed and even agreed to by even our ever Brute sounding Secretary of Defense, and also no surprise that President Trump said *bleep* no to the idea.
Meanwhile George Floyd’s family, most likely grieving on a level most other people are not right now, are asking the United Nations, known of course for placing the worst human rights abusers in the world on its… human rights council (more on that in a moment – 500,000 African slaves in Mauritania, anyone? 1 million Chinese Uighur Muslims in concentration camps, anyone?) are asking the UN to disarm the police.
According to NBC News:
The group sent a letter on June 3 to one of the international body’s working groups asking for support for the end of the provision of military equipment and military-type training for police, the teaching of de-escalation techniques, independent prosecutions and autopsies for “extrajudicial” police killings, and more.
“When a group of people of any nation have been systematically deprived of their universal human right to life by its government for decades, it must appeal to the international community for its support and to the United Nations for its intervention.”
“Systematically deprived of their universal human right to life…” So of course they support Black Lives Matter, who in turn supports Planned Parenthood, who is directly responsible for helping to systematically deprive the universal human right to life to tens of millions of black children. Also more on that in a minute.
With all the theft, murder, and destruction (interestingly in John 10:10 Jesus said that’s what the devil does)… but with all the death, murder, and destruction of mostly black lives in inner-city communities, the glaringly obvious question must be asked… do black lives matter?
Well, ostensibly one could argue that at least certain black lives matter. George Floyd’s life at least seems to matter. Michael Brown’s life seemed to matter. Trayvon Martin’s life seemed to matter. Rodney King’s life seemed to matter. Okay, those are obvious examples where at least some black lives matter.
Now many will quickly retort to the Black Lives Matter with, “that’s racist, all lives matter,” of which I wholeheartedly agree with. However, that’s been tried and found wanting as a way to address this issue. There is in fact a deeper, more effective, and even more helpful approach to addressing the BLM movement.
And that’s not to retort with “no, you’re a racist, all lives matter,” it’s to then ask the question…. Ready for it…. Do ALL black lives matter.
Do all of them matter?
Or just some of them?
Take, for instance, the number of blacks that have died in these riots alone. This is from the Daily Caller:
David Dorn, 77, died Tuesday while trying to protect Lee’s Pawn Jewelry from looters. He served 38 years at the St. Louis Police Department before retiring. He died in the middle of a street after being shot in the torso by suspected rioters, according to the police incident report. The slaying was caught on Facebook Live, according to the
David McAtee, 53, the owner of a barbecue restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky, was killed after police and National Guard members opened fire at a protest. The National Guard was sent to disperse a crowd and said they were shot at, which prompted them to return fire. McAtee’s sister told WAVE 3 News that the crowd gathered at the scene of the shooting did not relate to the protests, and was there meeting at his restaurant.
And from Fox News:
A federal law enforcement officer in California who was shot and killed at the U.S. courthouse in Oakland during a protest for George Floyd that turned violent has been identified as 53-year-old Patrick Underwood, his family confirmed to Fox News. The shooting occurred on Friday after a vehicle pulled up outside the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building at about 9:45 p.m. and a person opened fire at two contract security officers who worked for Homeland Security’s Federal Protective Service. Underwood was killed while the second officer was wounded and remains in critical condition. His identity has not yet been released.
These are just a small sampling of the deaths that have occurred because of these protests and riots. The question I ask… do these black lives matter? I wouldn’t hold your breath to see Al Sharpton at any of these beautiful, precious, loved by God black people’s funerals.
Earlier I mentioned black businesses being destroyed…. Do the black lives who, in some cases, had their life savings go up in flames in one fateful night, such as Korbi and Twanya Balla, whose sports bar in Minnesota was vandalized, looted, and completely burned down, matter?
“The building and my business was completely burned down last night,” he wrote in a GoFundMe post. “I am devastated but I know something positive will come out of all this. Stay blessed everyone!”
If you want to donate to their Go Fund Me the link is in the show notes of this podcast or at cgmradio.com/world. I guess those black lives matter to some, obviously they’ve raised quite a bit of money since that happened, but do they to the leaders of these movements? BLM themselves, the Democratic party, and those who support the death and destruction?
This black businesswoman asks the same thing in a powerful video taken right outside her store that was destroyed by looters and rioters. Listen in:
Or, perhaps what we see on a more regular basis, do the black lives in the war zone that is inner-city Chicago, matter?
Lacy Johnson, an African-American man who is running against the worst member of congress perhaps in our nation’s history, Ilhan Omar, wrote this on Twitter on June 6:
Within a 48-hour period in Chicago last week there were 82 shootings with 23 deaths.
— Lacy Johnson (@LacyJohnsonMN) June 6, 2020
This is from the Chicago Sun-Times:
Twenty-four people were killed and at least 61 others were wounded by gun violence in Chicago’s most violent weekend of the year so far, which also saw widespread protests, riots and looting throughout the city in the wake of the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd.
Chicago Police Supt. David Brown said Monday that of the total fatal shootings over the weekend, 17 homicides occurred on Sunday alone. The Cook County medical examiner’s office confirmed 15 for Sunday, with another three at unknown locations. The weekend’s toll surpasses the tally from the same weekend in 2019, when 52 people were wounded — 8 fatally — in citywide gun violence.
Do those black lives matter? Well, let’s see. One 48 hour period and 24 deaths (and that’s just Chicago). Hmmm. And one guy in 8 minutes and 46 seconds was killed, either intentionally or unintentionally, by a police officer, in which everyone agrees was a truly horrific and brutal act of which the cop should be held accountable.
I don’t see a whole lot of protesting about those precious, beautiful, black children of God’s lives, do you? But if black lives matter, where are the protests? Where’s the BLM organization when it’s not acting as a money laundering funnel… for the DNC? Where’s Al Sharpton and AntiFa and violence and rioting supporter Keith Ellison and the Democratic party and all of the useless leftist drones of Apollyon who cherry pick tragedies that can be exploited for their own political gain? Where are the protests for the 415 black men who were murdered in Chicago in 2019?
They’re at fancy dinners, fundraisers, boarding private jets while warning of climate change, restricting churchgoers access to worship one day because of Covid while the very next day applauding thousands of protestors and rioters for taking to the streets, not paying 4.5 million of taxes they owe (*cough* Al Sharpton). Not on the streets calling for the defunding of the police to pave the way for gangsterocracies, not on the streets calling for insurrection and violence in response to all of these deaths. They’re silent about it. Or maybe they’ve made quips about it here and there because they know people like us will call them out on their abominable hypocrisy.
An ex-gangster that currently lives in the hood that goes by the name of C. Ross has been making the rounds with a powerful viral video about if black lives truly matter. Here are some of his own words, edited for language:
“What we’re going to talk about is very real and touchy. Black lives matter, right? I agree, totally. When do they matter to us? I shared a Video last night in Indianapolis, people were out there protesting, against police brutality. But yet drove past an area where a brother was dead on the corner out there, guess who killed him? It wasn’t the police. It was someone that looked just like him, someone that looked just like me, someone that looked just like you, black man. Indianapolis shootout they fighting beating the hell out of each other protesting and yo you fighting the wrong people, they don’t care, they pull out the guns, trying to kill each other. When do black lives matter, when are we gonna say they matter all the time? And stand up to people in our own communities that take black lives, that aren’t police officers or prosecutors locking them away. How many of my people faces I see on a t-shirt? You know how many of my people get killed every day? You know how many people I lost personally just doing violence in the hood. We don’t care about our own lives, how the hell do we expect the system to care about it? How do we expect them to want to change anything, when we out here killing each other? They don’t even go to do nothing, they can make the police take a F—n month off, one month, let it be told that police aren’t going to answer to calls. You know what’s going to happen? N—ers gonna die, places gonna get robbed. Women going to get beat. All types of crazy s–t. When do black lives matter to us? When do we look at our brother and say yo man, chill. That’s your brother. When do we say no man we ain’t from the gang banger, or what, just because you’re another color look at the color of our skin. When are we going to say you know what man that’s a woman, don’t do that. When we gonna say man there’s kids out there, don’t shoot that block up. Know how many kids get killed in Chicago on the regular? It ain’t the police killing the kids. Touchy subject I know, messed up.
Black Lives matter come out and start a race war, they won’t come out and deal with our race.”
You can ignore me, but you can’t claim that all black lives matter and ignore him.
Are you ready to get even more real? Or perhaps, because all black lives matter equally, simply inject more realness into the conversation? You believe black lives matter? You really, truly, deep down believe black lives matter?
This is from The Blaze News:
Being conceived black in this country is a dangerous proposition. Did you know that 16 million black babies have been slaughtered in the past four decades? 16 million. 16 million. Do liberals realize this is happening? I assume they don’t. If they did, I expect they’d be shouting about it from the roof tops, given their great and righteous concern for the fate of black children.
Yes, abortion has claimed 16 million black lives in the last 40 years. 16 million black babies have ended up in dumpsters and hazardous waste containers. Black people are only 13 percent of the population but they account for almost 40 percent of all abortions. Abortion doctors kill more black people in a week than the KKK has in the past century. There are almost 2,000 black lives ended by abortion every single day in the United States, and overall, a black baby is more than 5 times as likely to be executed as a white baby. Try to reflect on this statistic: abortion kills more black people than heart disease, cancer, strokes, accidents, diabetes, homicide, and respiratory illness — COMBINED. Throw cops in there, too, and it’s still not close. Comparing just the two causes of death, it appears that abortionists kill about 700 times more black people than do cops.
Do all black lives matter? Do the most vulnerable, voiceless, and helpless of the black community, the unborn, matter? 16 million. It’s unfathomable. That is roughly two and half times the number of Jews killed in the holocaust.
Not only this, but if you believe in diversity, if you believe that a majority white population is inherently evil and the solution is more “people of color,” (while at the same time hailing the Nordic countries as the apotheosis of civilization) how in the HELL do you justify the genocide of unborn black children?! Yes, I said HELL, in its fullest, truest, biblical, and eschatological sense of the word.
Consider what this African-American writer for life site news said about why he’ll never support the BLM movement, and I quote:
Number “10 – Apparently, not all black lives matter. Pro-abortion BLMF declared: “We deserve and thus we demand reproductive justice [aka abortion] that gives us autonomy over our bodies and our identities while ensuring that our children and families are supported, safe, and able to thrive.” Aborted children don’t thrive. BLM groups announced “solidarity” with “reproductive justice” groups back in February 2015. You cannot simultaneously fight violence while celebrating it.”
Interesting, because this is what Black Lives Matter says on their own website. I highly, highly encourage you to read their full statement of what they believe:
We are guided by the fact that all Black lives matter, regardless of actual or perceived sexual identity, gender identity, gender expression, economic status, ability, disability, religious beliefs or disbeliefs, immigration status, or location.
All black lives matter when it comes to immigration status, but certainly not their birth status. If you have brown skin and you happen to be inside your mother’s womb, good luck. Black Lives Matter not only is AWOL on rescuing you from the evil clutches of the venomous claws of the abortion “doctors,” they CELEBRATE, along with planned parenthood, the wholesale slaughter and genocde of unborn (and sometimes born as in the case of Kermit Gosnell) black children by their support of the diabolical abortion industry, who are such purveyors of 21st century enlightenment ideas that they’ve admitted under oath to selling baby body parts to the highest bidder.
The industry is so diabolical, that in 2015 in New York City, more black babies have been aborted than born. From CNS News:
“According to the New York State Department of Health, there were 22,838 live births of non-Hispanic black babies in New York City, compared with 25,698 non-Hispanic black babies who were aborted. That year, black women in New York City had 15,929 more abortions than white women, despite being a smaller population in the area.”
Remember when they lit the empire state building pink in celebration of a new, more progressive abortion law? This is what they were celebrating: the depopulation, the reduction of the black population. So much for diversity.
But now please pay attention to me here and do not miss this. Not only do we have 16 million less blacks, we have the many millions, tens of millions more, that would have come from those blacks had they had the God-given right to be born.
We are all familiar with the story of Cain and Able, the two brothers of Adam and Eve who each offered a sacrifice to God. For reasons not clear in the text, God is pleased with Able’s sacrifice but not with Cain’s, so in a fit of jealousy Cain kills his brother. God confronts Cain in Genesis 4:10 and what does he say?
He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to Me from the ground (NASB).
According to Bible scholars the word for blood there is literally “bloods” in the Hebrew. Your brother’s “bloods” is crying to me from the ground. I’ve heard from Dennis Prager, the great talk Jewish conservative radio show host, say that the rabbis have interpreted that to mean not only Able’s blood, but all of the blood, or all of the people, that would have come from Able had he not been killed. That’s one plausible interpretation. We don’t know for sure, but it certainly is reasonable to think that had Able not been killed he would have eventually had children, and they had children, and on and on.
So for the black community, how many would that have been? How many more black people would there be today had the abortion genocide not been allowed to take place?
According the the US Census Bureau, as of July 1, 2019, Blacks make up 13.4% of a population of 328,239,523 people. 13.4% of that is 43, 984, 097. Add 16 million that have been murdered since Roe. v. Wade (which is a low estimate to some), and that brings you up to 59,984,096. And then, if each of those 16 million people had only 1 black child each, add 32,000,000 to the total bringing the black population to 91,984, 096.
That is more than DOUBLE the black population in the United States right now! More than DOUBLE.
You care about diversity, and yet you think those black children should have died and the black or mixed children that would have come from them should have never been born?
Black lives matter?
So forgive me if I don’t take you seriously when the only, I mean the only time black lives matter is when those black lives can be used as pawns in your Mad Max Marxist chess game! No, don’t forgive me, because I will never, ever, E-V-E-R kneel before you or anyone one of your white leftist woke sycophants that demand I kneel and say the leftist shahadah “I have white privilege” with the scimitar of public opprobrium of being labeled a racist pressed against my neck. I went down on one knee only to propose to my wife, and I only take both knees before my God and His Son, Jesus Christ. That’s it. I don’t bow before 21st-century media narratives.
Interestingly enough, if white people have to bow before blacks and ask for forgiveness because of the sin of slavery, do blacks need to kneel before blacks and ask for forgiveness for the sin of slavery happening now in Africa, specifically in Mauritania? Or do they need to kneel before each other and ask for forgiveness because Africans sold Africans to European slave traders? Or because blacks, right here in America, owned other blacks?
Or… do blacks need to kneel down before… whites… and ask for forgiveness because “free black people could ‘own’ the services of white indentured servants…?”
To quote Candace Owens again, “How about no.”
Do you see how ludicrous this becomes when you historically and logically flesh it out? Yes, of course there are times to ask for forgiveness, like, say, when you actually enslave someone, or when you actually do judge or insult or physically harm someone because of their skin color, NOT WHEN YOU DID NOT DO THOSE THINGS. Such as this lady here:
Please don’t bow to the mob…
We should only ever kneel before God!
— David J Harris Jr (@DavidJHarrisJr) June 6, 2020
If you think the Bible is on your side for kneeling and asking people for forgiveness for things that happened before you were born, think again! Let me introduce you to Ezekiel chapter 18, verses 19-21:
“Yet you say, ‘Why should the son not bear the punishment for the father’s iniquity?’ When the son has practiced justice and righteousness and has observed all My statutes and done them, he shall surely live. The person who sins will die. The son will not bear the punishment for the father’s iniquity, nor will the father bear the punishment for the son’s iniquity; the righteousness of the righteous will be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked will be upon himself (NASB).
You bear your own sin. Your father bears his.
Oh, and it’s not just white people that think we shouldn’t confess our white privilege. Listen to this simple, concise statement by Candace Owens on the very matter:
Phrases like “white privilege” are just a modern twist on white supremacist ideology. Asking me to believe in “white privilege” means asking me accept “black inferiority”.
—to look at a white person and recognize that I am less than them in this world.
How about no.
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) June 7, 2020
Or how about this from another black person, Brandon Tatum, clearing up whether or not he believes whites have privilege. Should this black man be heard?
So let’s review:
- ALL people are created in the image of and are equal before God regardless of gender, ethnicity, skin color, or social status.
- George Floyd was tragically murdered by a police officer, setting the world literally on fire to this day, June 12, 2020.
- His death seemed to magically cure the need for any kind of social distancing instantly.
- Rioting, looting, destruction, death, murder, and literal anarchy has raged across the United States in deep blue cities, many times celebrated or downplayed by media, Hollywood, and even political leaders.
- Black and other minorities were the primary victims of these atrocities due to the location of them, the very people BLM supposedly cares about.
- Neither those black lives nor the black lives of thousands murdered by other blacks, or millions killed by abortionists matter as much as those black lives that can be used and exploited to pave the way for anarchy and the eventual takeover by leftist-Marxist groups such as Antifa and Black Lives Matter.
Now, let’s talk about systemic racism and police brutality. [[STINGER]]
Here is just an incredible clip from Brandon Straka of the Walk Away Movement as he confronts protestors on the facts:
At what point does our fear of losing America become greater than our fear of being called racist?
America is being destroyed over a LIE. pic.twitter.com/YJOWYyRzNZ
— Brandon Straka (@BrandonStraka) June 8, 2020
Now one must ask, where did he get his information? Fair enough. Heather MacDonald wrote an incredibly important piece in the Wall street Journal with the title, The Myth of Systemic Police Racism. Now let me tell you my heart. If there was systemic police racism, trust me, I would not want to downplay or ignore that. I even more than recognize the fact that many black Americans, left, right, and middle, all testify to feeling like they’re treated differently by the police, and the last thing I’m here to do is to somehow discredit or downplay that reality. But when it comes to systemic, or institutional racism, and making such a macro-oriented claim, the only way one can have any idea of whether or not such a statement is accurate is by looking at the best macro-data that we have.
You actually have to subscribe to the journal to read the article sadly but I’m going to quote as much here as I can get away with:
In 2019 police officers fatally shot 1,004 people, most of whom were armed or otherwise dangerous. African-Americans were about a quarter of those killed by cops last year (235), a ratio that has remained stable since 2015. That share of black victims is less than what the black crime rate would predict, since police shootings are a function of how often officers encounter armed and violent suspects. In 2018, the latest year for which such data have been published, African-Americans made up 53% of known homicide offenders in the U.S. and commit about 60% of robberies, though they are 13% of the population.
The police fatally shot nine unarmed blacks and 19 unarmed whites in 2019, according to a Washington Post database, down from 38 and 32, respectively, in 2015. The Post defines “unarmed” broadly to include such cases as a suspect in Newark, N.J., who had a loaded handgun in his car during a police chase. In 2018 there were 7,407 black homicide victims. Assuming a comparable number of victims last year, those nine unarmed black victims of police shootings represent 0.1% of all African-Americans killed in 2019. By contrast, a police officer is 18½ times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male is to be killed by a police officer.
The latest in a series of studies undercutting the claim of systemic police bias was published in August 2019 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The researchers found that the more frequently officers encounter violent suspects from any given racial group, the greater the chance that a member of that group will be fatally shot by a police officer. There is “no significant evidence of antiblack disparity in the likelihood of being fatally shot by police,” they concluded.
- In 2019, police officers fatally shot 1004 people, 235 of which were black, the same ration since 2015
- In 2019, the police shot 9 unarmed blacks and 19 unarmed whites according to the WaPo Database
- Even though blacks are 13% of the population, they make up 53% of homicide offenders and 60% of robberies
- In 2018, 7,407 back homicide victims, a comparable number of victims for 2019 would equal .1% of black deaths in 2019 coming from police shooting of unarmed black men.
- A police officer is 18.5% more likely to be killed by an unarmed black male than the reverse
- The National Academy of Sciences studies go against the idea of systemic racism
So this would go against the idea of systemic racism (meaning part of the way the police works, or policy, part of the system) in America’s police force. Yes, the percentage of those killed amongst blacks is higher, but when the amount of violent crime and robberies are much higher that is to be expected.
Now one must ask the question… if there’s not systemic racism in our police departments, is there systemic racism anywhere else in the United States? Again, if you’re referring to racism that is part of the system, part of the guidelines of a particular entity of some type, does that exist anywhere? There are three places I can clearly think of that:
First, and admittedly a more benign example, is in the acting/performance industry. How do I know this? Well, I happen to be in it, and am constantly, sometimes daily, looking at casting calls for various projects. Without fail, they discriminate based on skin color in almost every role and production. Sometimes they want white, sometimes black, sometimes Hispanic/Latino – you name it. Now to be fair, and I see this quite often, sometimes all ethnicities have an opportunity to apply for a particular role. Great. And to be clear, I don’t have a problem with any of this. If you’re casting MLK Jr. please don’t cast Jack Black. Please cast a guy that looks like him, not just skin color but facial features and body type and even voice. If you’re casting Abraham Lincoln, as much as Idris Elba would look ridiculously good in an Abe suit and top hat, please get a tall skinny black haired-bearded white dude. It’s much more authentic for the production when you get someone that looks like the historical figure. So does systemic racism exist? Sure does, on your TV.
Second, the academy. Ever heard of affirmative action? The idea that certain ethnicities, such as whites and Asians, are denied admission to colleges because there are certain ethnic quotas that must be filled by other ethnicities first? Now, affirmative action really breaks down when you introduce transgenderism, the ability of a male to claim they are a female, for instance, but aside from that there is no denying that this is pure, institutionalized racism. When Harvard discriminates against Asians because there are too many of them that go to Harvard something is really wrong. So does systemic racism exist? Sure does, at your University.
Third, the government. When I worked in the highway industry I became introduced to the concept of Minority-owned businesses. Here in Texas, one of the most conservative states in the Union, the SBA states that:
Minority Owned Business Certification may give your company new sales opportunities, greater publicity, and develop a loyal customer base for years to come. Additionally, Minority Owned Business Certification allows your company to join a powerful group of owners displaying their participation in the Texas Certification Directory™.
Being a minority-owned business, no matter how well off you may be, gives you benefits that being a business run by a caucasian gets you. So, is there system racism? Sure is, in your government.
And lastly, one that has gained popularity recently, is the corporate world. Here is what Comcast is saying, according to CNBC:
Internally, Roberts [the CEO] said the company will accelerate efforts on diversity and inclusion that includes bolstering its recruiting strategy. “While we recognize we don’t have all the answers, we agree it’s time that we start putting our words into real, sustainable action,” Roberts said.
Compass CEO Robert Reffkin told CNBC on Monday that the real estate brokerage is making a commitment that there must be at least one black professional on the teams that are “directly advising” the company.
So does systemic racism exist? Sure does, and it’s happening at your local cable provider and national bank. I remember even Scott Adams, the famous cartoonist of Dilbert fame, sharing that he had lost jobs three or four times, I can’t remember exactly, due to racism. They had quotas to meet for black people, and so they had to let him go to meet those quotas, so he lost his job because of the color of his skin. That’s systemic racism, but don’t hold your breath to see him interviewed about it on the mainstream media.
So these are all examples of systemic, institutionalized racism. This is hiring based on skin color, plain and simple. So does systemic racism exist? Yes! In Hollywood, the university, the government, and business, but it is IN FAVOR of blacks many of the times. Now does that mean that real of experiences of racism from blacks are not legitimate? Sometimes they’re not, like in the case of the woman who accuses a cop of racism, but the bodycam footage that was released subsequently tels a much different story. But there are racist and violent acts that happen from the police, and let me be clear, whenever, I mean whenever it does happen in the police force or anywhere else it should be investigated, confronted, and dealt with accordingly.
But we must also remember that police officers are also US citizens, and we all should be innocent until proven guilty, especially those who put their lives on the line every day. The Michael Brown incident is the perfect example of the authorities, including Obama’s Justice Department, rushing to judgment that this was a racist, unarmed, non-hostile black man, killed by a racist police officer in cold blood. And after a thorough investigation, what did we find? Even Eric Holder could find the evidence hold the officer in the incident accountable, so he was let go. If anyone deserves to be innocent until proven guilty, it’s those who put their lives on the line every day for us.
All right, I’ve thoroughly depressed you so now I want to talk about some good, very good news, and where we go from here:
The Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey, known for kinda standing up to the mob demanding to dismantle the police and then not, said in a recent interview per the Daily Signal:
We do not have the ability to get rid of many of these officers that we know have done wrong in the past due to issues with both the contract and the arbitration associated with the union.
The elephant in the room with regard to police reform is the police union. The elephant in the room with regard to making the changes necessary to combat the institutionalized racism and have a full-on culture shift is the police union, the contract associated with that union, and then the arbitration that ultimately is necessary. It sets up a system where we have difficulty both disciplining and terminating officers who have done wrong.
Considering the fact that Derek Chauvin had 18 marks against him already, including using undue force, one must wonder. If the Minneapolis police department had the ability to fire this guy, would any of this have happened in the first place? This is good news because you have leftist mayors admitting the collective-bargaining agreements are the obstacle to letting bad cops go. Let’s hope this results in real change.
In another piece of good news, President Trump appointed the first-ever black military service chief:
My decision to appoint @usairforce General Charles Brown as the USA’s first-ever African American military service chief has now been approved by the Senate. A historic day for America! Excited to work even more closely with Gen. Brown, who is a Patriot and Great Leader!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2020
Also, how is Trump’s approval rating doing amidst all of this? Interestingly, according to Rasmussen his overall likely voter job approval is 43% (that will only increase as the economy rebounds and the protests end), but his overall black likely voter approval is 32%! If he gets 32% of the black vote this election is OVER, considering he only got about 8% in 2016.
Today – June 11, 2020
Overall Likely Voter (LV) job approval of @POTUS – 43%
Indy Voter LV app – 36%
Dem LV app of – 19%
Black LV Strong app of – 18%
Overall Black LV app of – 32%
Other Non-White LV app – 42%
— Rasmussen Reports (@Rasmussen_Poll) June 11, 2020
I also believe his numbers will continue to go up. Why is that? Well, on May 16 he had his highest numbers of his presidency, two points higher than Obama on the same day in office, day 1,209, according to Gallup, even though Gallup currently has him at 39%. As the protests die down and Trump presides over an economy that comes roaring back, we can expect those numbers to increase again, and increase significantly.
It is interesting how the Covid crisis only caused him to gain popularity, so it’s no surprise the media would go extra hard to try to use the Floyd incident to bring him down. But he’ll come back stronger than ever from this as he has every other thing the Democrats and the media have thrown at him. And with a 32% black approval rating in the middle of a crisis they’re trying to use against Trump over race, including an 18% strong approval rating, that’s very, very telling.
Also, if there’s one thing we need to take from this is to understand that good is going to come from all of this. Yes, many people have died, many businesses and lives destroyed, but don’t think for a second that God is not in control and causes all things to work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose (Rom. 8:28). As I’ve mentioned many, many times on this broadcast, God is doing a work in this nation, and it is always darkest before the dawn… but dawn is coming. This too will pass, and yes, there will be another crisis, and then another, and then another all the way to Election Day, but let’s trust God that He has this, let’s pray for a mighty work of revival in our nation, and let’s be led by His Spirit and how he wants us to walk in these times.
Given the subject at hand, I can think of know getter quotes of the week than this one from the Master Himself. You can find it in Matthew 7:12:
Therefore, however you want people to treat you, so treat them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
Have a blessed week and may His kingdom come, and His will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. This is Winston R. Holland with CGM Radio.