I’ve witnessed, on more than one occasion, testimony that an investigation was initiated by confronting a person in a high-crime area or for their suspicious appearance. These were evidence of a potentially illegal (unconstitutional) stop for lack of a valid, reasonable suspicion of an actual crime being violated. Drill down a little further and the motivation for the stop was race. It’s safe to say that there were other times that these types of reasons were not mentioned in testimony as the witness knew better, so a different reason for the stop was stated.
Now, this is out of thousands of cases so the examples of times that I can recall which were blatantly illegal profiling were very few compared to the legitimate, legal purposes for an investigation. Still, it happens, and any thought that it doesn’t is naïve. There is no question that our nation was born with a race problem that was perpetuated legally for centuries following our inception with the residue persisting for decades since the legal remedies were put in place. You don’t fix centuries overnight.
The modern argument against culpability, for as long as I remember, has been that “we didn’t do it” but our forefathers did. The logical conclusion of this argument is that those who have been victimized need to get over it as the guilty parties have long been dead, the laws have been fixed and (more recently) a black man has been elected to be the President of the United States. There; the playing field is level.
The problem with this argument is that it doesn’t account for the damage to the soul of a man whose fathers were damaged for the centuries that preceded the instant man. It doesn’t allow for healing where there has been hurt. Most importantly, it doesn’t stand as True as compared to Truth, according to Jesus.
“And you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ So you testify against yourselves that you are the descendants of those who murdered the prophets” (Matthew 23: 30-31).
Agreement that one’s forefathers did it to another’s forefathers is testimony towards conviction, and makes the generations accountable. Accountability leaves only one of two options; repentance or rebellion based in pride. Repentance is simply changing your mind; acknowledging wrong and choosing right . . . on behalf of the generations.
There is a need for open and public confession with repentance to bring about healing, according to James 5:16. Or there is the other option of rebellion based in pride; “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry” (1 Samuel 15:23).
The healing and solution to the racial divide in our nation is not solely dependent on those that have been victims. The prime catalytic opportunity rests with the descendants of the initiator of the plague. The Church is the only segment of society positioned to initiate this move into healing, for which God has given us the blueprint. Repentance with open confession towards reconciliation will initiate healing. It’s time to choose wisely, starting now.