Acquiescence? (Cry Aloud and Spare not)

“It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important”

Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

The law, culture and faith can no longer acquiescence (the reluctant acceptance of something without protest) in the moment we are in. First, I would submit to you that I am a man of faith and I believe we in America have a heart problem. When we see one mortal man having faith in a culture that would allow him to use his law enforcement authority to sap the very breath out of another man, it is plain to see that there is a heart problem.

 Hearts must be changed, and the laws must affirm the change of heart, even if the laws come first. Faith can no longer become an opaque for political agendas. This undermines the very credible fabric of communities of faith. These communities sit in their padded pews on Sunday mornings divided by color lines which were established by redlining real estate practices (designating certain geographic zones for African Americans while banning other geographic areas from African Americans) in the 20th century. Redlining combined with systemic racism, denial and hypocrisy have America at the Crossroads.

The Church was once seen as a bastion of hope in the life of most Americans. The American Church has been flawed by division after years these so-called followers of Christ have been relegated into obscurity and reflect the highly entrenched camps of racial and political polarization that exist in society.  Much of the historical record reveals that the American Church has been an integral part in advancing slavery and the segregated realities that resulted afterward.

In contrast some of the abolitionists involved in the Underground Railroad were people of faith and truly exhibited the light scripture speaks of “that shines in a dark place.” If not for the late Dr. Martin Luther King, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Along with other faith based Civil Rights organizations, we never would have realized the advances that African Americans made in the sixties. In present day America the question is, have we lost many of those gains?

Something is happening and it seems as though no one can put their arms around it. With near Great Depression level unemployment, a national, pandemic, and social unrest in our streets, all of which adversely affects African Americans the worst; our country seems as though it is spinning out of control.

The initial ingredient to be added is a National Repentance in the United States of America. This must first start with the Government reconciling the Declaration of Independence with the America’s Original Sin of Slavery. The second reconciliation should involve the economy with all key players. This involves a “Kerner Commission” level of inquiry to trace the foundations of Slavery, supply chains of wealth that has buttressed the American economy, Corporations, and major stakeholders. This must develop into the law component as a guide to formulate future policy initiatives. These initiatives would work to unravel the tentacles of systemic racism, reviewing and reforming policing i.e. banning choke holds, developing citizen’s review boards, sanctioning outside agencies to investigate use of force cases and overturning qualified immunity for police officers etc.

Under the doctrine of qualified immunity, government officials performing discretionary functions are immune from civil suits unless the plaintiff shows that the official violated “clearly established statutory or constitutional rights of which a reasonable person would have known.”[1] It is a form of sovereign immunity less strict than absolute immunity that is intended to protect officials who “make reasonable but mistaken judgments about open legal questions”,[2] extending to “all [officials] but the plainly incompetent or those who knowingly violate the law”.[3] Qualified immunity applies only to government officials in civil litigation, and does not protect the government itself from suits arising from officials’ actions.[4]

The U.S. Supreme Court first introduced the qualified immunity doctrine in 1967, originally with the rationale of protecting law enforcement officials from frivolous lawsuits and financial liability in cases where they acted in good faith in unclear legal situations.[5][6] Starting around 2005, courts increasingly applied the doctrine to cases involving the use of excessive or deadly force by police, leading to widespread criticism that it, in the words of a 2020 Reuters report, “has become a nearly failsafe tool to let police brutality go unpunished and deny victims their constitutional rights”

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The National Repentance would be the faith component.

Isaiah 58:1 

“Cry aloud, spare not; lift up your voice like a trumpet; tell My people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.”

There can be no justice without peace and there can be no peace without justice.

Dr. Martin Luther King

By Accord1 Executive Director Kevin Robinson

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