This isn't an easy subject to deal with, and I would prefer to not ever have to deal with it, but it's hard to ignore when it pops up frequently.
A friend of mine dumped this link on me, this morning:
'Black community should be outraged' over
A man on the other side of the country is calling for the African-American community in Wilmington, and the entire
United States, to speak up about a recent murder.
Robert Oliver, of San Diego, emailed Mayor Pro-tem Earl Sheridan and the rest of Wilmington City Council to ask why no one is outraged about the June
14 murder of Zhen Bo Liu. Six black males, including two juveniles, face charges related to the crime.
In his email, Oliver wrote it's "time for black people to get off the dime and not be tolerant of their own criminals."
Sheridan said that Oliver's message is wrong to make the matter a racial one.
"I'm seeing all of this stuff about Trayvon Martin all over the nation," said Oliver. "Why can't we see that kind of outrage about this man who
was just doing his job?"
First: Is "taking care of your own race's problems" racist? And if it is, is it still wrong to take care of your own culture's problems?
Second, should you have the same indignant reaction about anyone who is "wrongfully murdered"?
The only comment that this friend made about the situation was to mutter something about
Conscientious Objection and Civil Disobedience
. I'm guessing his comment was
supposed to be: is this a matter to have Conscientious Objection over or Civil Disobedience over?
C.O. is basically your daily objections to certain types of behavior. It means you discuss your personal views on the subject every time that you
can, you refrain from adding to the problem, and you educate others on your stance. C. D. is where protesting comes in.
So the Third question is should we be Conscientious Objectors or should we practice Civil Disobedience over an issue like this?
My personal stance on all of this is that you work with your own first, and then work your way out. It's not a matter of race, it's a matter of
influence--the level of influence I have over people's behavior is strongest the closer they are to me. Unless someone of another race is a fairly
close friend of mine, much of any stance I have over another culture is going to fall flat: a "You haven't lived this" reaction. So yes, the black
community of a Wilmington does need to be involved, as peer pressure is a tool, and can be used for good (although this is rare). But I'm not sure
how someone who is not from there is going to be able to do much more than stir the pot--even of the same race. What Oliver is doing could be
considered "making this a race issue" over keeping it a community issue.
But he has a point: why is one death worth more outrage? It shouldn't be. both should spark about the same level of reaction--whether or not the
death requires the same level of punishment. Problem is that we don't...and that's where we've lost our minds, as a society.
As for the third part: Conscientious Objection should be practiced on a daily basis. But there comes a time for the outright rebellion against
society. God grant us the wisdom to see when which is needed. If justice is not given in this case, then it is time to be a bit more than a mere