I've been discussing a lot of current issues and events with a friend. I will be sharing his writings when he is done with them, as they led me to thinking about and writing this blog post. If he gives me permission, I will also share a SoundCloud of some RAW truth and profound thoughts.
If you claim to be a Christian, hear me out. If you don't claim to be a Christian, consider what should be done if you have done someone wrong. If you would agree that apologies should be made and that reparations may be in order depending on severity, then hear me out.
I have referenced the following Bible verses for Christians to apply to my ideology (with credit to my friend for the sexual abuse analogy):
Exodus 34:7, "Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and
transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty;
visiting (punishing) the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and
upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth
Lamentations 5:7, "Our fathers have sinned, and are not; and we have borne (been punished for) their iniquities."
We, the United States of America, freed the slaves, but there has never been action to free the spiritual, emotional, and psychological bondages that our government and it's people created for those souls. Those bonds have lingered on generation after generation, year after year. Those bonds will continue to linger until forgiveness is sought and reparations are made.
Whether or not you do or don't believe in a God, I know you have knowledge of what abuse does to the mind of a person, especially if the abuse endures throughout your childhood or lifetime. What do you think abuse does to generations of families when spanned over 300 years?
No one wants to think of their government as monsters, and they especially don't want to think that the police that are sworn to protect them are evil. However, when faced with the horrors of what our ancestors did to slaves, Indians, and other groups of people they deemed less than human, how can we not question the trust we put in them? Even if you don't think today's police are evil, yesterday's police were extremely corrupt at the very least, participating in unspeakable acts of lynching, raping, and mutilating human beings. Our government didn't just abuse blacks one time. They abused them AND THEIR CHILDREN for hundreds of years. Hundreds.
If you don't think those hundreds of years of enslavement and physical, sexual, and psychological abuse have tremendous effects on today's people you are dead wrong. If you are Christian, then 300 times 4 generations equals 1200 years of generations that will pay for the wrongs of their ancestors. If you are not Christian, that's millions of people who endured horrible abuse and never received reparations for that abuse. We allowed devastating behaviors to trickle down generation after generation without taking the time to right the wrongs, psychologically. The wrongs are plain to see if you just study history.
After slaves were free, white supremacist teachings still continued, and some of these teachings even continue today, though they are thankfully not as prevalent. Those teachings should have been outlawed and those caught teaching it should have been punished to the fullest extent of the law so as not to pass that hate onto the generations to come. If you don't believe those behaviors trickled down in our law enforcement agencies, then you are fooling yourself. People live what they learn.
I want to make it clear that I don't think all police are bad and I am NOT okay with killing anyone. I think the policing system needs an overhaul in the way it is done and that won't happen until one of 2 things happen. 1. Government admits it was wrong and changes the way policing and imprisonment are done. 2. War against our government.
When a sexual predator abuses a child, we want him punished to the fullest extent of the law. Our government, Uncle Sam, has been killing AND fucking black people up the ass for hundreds of years. If we don't think Uncle Sam needs to make some reparations, do jail time, or fucking die, then we need to free all the rapists, child molesters, and murderers we have ever put in jail.
Who wants therapy from their abuser? Trusting our government, creepy old "Uncle Sam" to make reparations in an attempt to make amends, would be like getting therapy from an abuser.
People continue to wonder why black people are afraid of the police. Hint: Abusers are triggers to a victim's deepest fears.
When a victim is faced with their attacker over and over and over, they are eventually going to fight back. They are not going to allow the abuse to continue. If your child was being raped, I think you'd cut off the appendage you deemed appropriate for the crime. What part of our government's appendage is doing the most damage today? The judicial branch. CUT IT OFF.
We could even cut off all the branches and start from scratch.
What do you think?