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Trayvon Martin and the Racial Divide

Imageby Providence Crowder

Like the rest of the country, I’ve been following the Trayvon Martin case and trying to make sense of it all.  And like everyone else, I initially made some pre-judgments of my own based on the small bit of information fed to me through the mainstream media, which has been grossly misleading in its portrayal of both Martin and Zimmerman.  Once again, the media has manipulated our emotions and painted a picture of the worst kind, intentionally meant to heighten racial tensions during this already racially hostile political season.  The implication of racism is so powerful, that the race baiters and political predators, like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, are using Martin’s death for political gain.  Even the President himself—Obama—couldn’t resist the temptation to invoke race in his analysis of the Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman incident, citing that “If I had a son, HE WOULD LOOK LIKE Trayvon.” 

If only the media could have its day in court because it is responsible for continually inciting racism among both blacks and whites.  On one hand, the mainstream media continually portrays blacks as violent criminals, evoking fear and distrust of black people among white Americans.  On the other hand, the media often depicts blacks as victims of white racist police brutality, of course inciting anger, hostility, and distrust of white people and police among blacks.  We know all blacks are not violent criminals and all white police are not racist, but these stories, whether they be true or not, make for the best news and biggest television and newspaper ratings.  I say, shame on the media for its part in hindering race relations in America, and shame on us for allowing the media to play on our worst fears for profit. 

Concerning the death of Trayvon Martin, I believe that this story is tragic for all involved.  Martin’s mother and father have lost their son to violence, and Zimmerman took a human life.  The crossing paths of George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin have changed many lives forever.   Because of this senseless tragedy, a community is heartbroken and people all over the country are divided on this issue.  I grieve with the mother of Martin, and the rest of Martin’s family and friends.  I hope and pray that they find peace, and their hearts are comforted as they seek answers to all of their questions. 

As well, I hope and pray that Zimmerman is not unfairly tried in the court of public opinion, and that for his sake and for all’s sake that truth and justice prevails—whatever that truth may be.  I hope and pray that Zimmerman’s friends, his parents, his wife and his children are safe, regardless of the outcome of this debacle; they have already become targets of rage, as organizations such as the New Black Panthers have given a $10, 000 dollar incentive for serious harm to come to Zimmerman and his family when they put out a bounty on “the man who shot Trayvon Martin”—George Zimmerman.   

Yet, this tragedy is not unlike any other.  Trayvon Martin’s die every day!  Thanks to organizations like Planned Parenthood, many Trayvon Martin’s are killed right in their mother’s womb at the hands of abortion doctors in clinics all over America.  As of yet, no arrests have been made.  Many Trayvon Martins are killed in the streets from stray bullets as a result of gang wars.  No arrests.  Many senseless deaths and killings of black, white, brown, and yellow Trayvon Martin’s every day.  To blacks, are we so sensitive towards race and desensitized to violence that only the perception of racism can motivate us to march against violence?  It seems so.

This case is still being investigated and facts are coming out day by day.  Until Zimmerman’s day in court, I pray that calm heads prevail.  I pray for the healing of our nation and call on the violence to stop.  Let us not only be outraged at the death of Trayvon Martin, but every life that is senselessly taken.  From the womb to the tomb, every life is precious.

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Lessons From the Immigrants

Where You Start Is Not Important

by Zig Ziglar
February 19, 2008

Walter Hailey, a retired insurance executive, says that legal immigrants in America are four times as likely to become millionaires as those who are born here. This is true regardless of whether these immigrants are from the Orient, South America, Africa or Europe. The reason is simple. These immigrants give up, in most cases, a great deal to come to America. They face culture shock, language differences, climate changes and often leave friends and families behind. They do that because they have a dream and the dream has them. They succeed because they have great faith and their commitment is strong.

They come to America with a lot of enthusiasm and determination, are truly grateful for the opportunity and are excited about a job that pays five or more dollars per hour, which is far more than they earned back home. They even accept the second job, live very frugally, take advantage of community college education, and by the time they realize there are some problems in our country, it’s too late. They’ve already “made it.” They look at the opportunities America offers and say, “Wow! What a deal!”

On the other side of the coin, many people born in America get up each morning and say, “Big deal!” with a heavy dose of sarcasm. To underscore what legal immigrants have done, our former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General John M. Shalikashvili (Shalik) is from Poland; and at one time four of the ten most admired companies in America as recognized by Fortune Magazine were headed by legal immigrants.

Message: Adopt the immigrant’s attitude and I will SEE YOU AT THE TOP!

 

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Obamania

Gimme that old-time “Yes, We Can!”

harris0219Supporters are fainting away at Obama rallies. Scoffers say it’s exhaustion or a ploy to hype the power of Obama’s rhetoric, but the far more entertaining spin is that an almost spiritual ecstasy sweeps Obamaniacs away and they are slain in the spirit of hope and change.

The fervency of Obamania makes it easy for cynics to compare its emotionalism to that of an old-time revival. Contrary to the assumptions of those who suppose they are swaying and singing for “change,” however, old-time revival politics are nothing new.

Charles Krauthammer says, “The Obama campaign has the feel of a religious revival.” One Obama convert echoes him: “It was like a religious experience. It was inspiring.” World Net Daily calls it “the Barack Obama traveling salvation show – campaign rallies and speeches that seem like the secular counterpart of tent-meeting revivals and evangelistic sermons common in the U.S. a century ago.”

The similarities are eerie. The Washington Post describes an Obama gospel concert:

People rise to their feet, mothers hug daughters, old friends reach out to one another and then embrace strangers. Couples hold each other tight. Some close their eyes and sway in their seats.

Joel Stein, an embarrassed Obama supporter, mocked a friend for weeping during an Obama speech. Sounds a little like the people Jonathan Edwards described during the Great Awakening:

The congregation was alive … every hearer eager to drink in the words of the minister … in tears while the word was preached … weeping with sorrow and distress … with joy and love.

If this is a political Great Awakening, however, it’s not the first. Several political movements – most recently the Religious Right – have channeled a religious fervor into politics. Mark Noll, evangelical author and professor of history at University of Notre Dame, told WoW, “In general, a lot of Americans — too many Americans — take their politics as if it were a religion.”

It happens when movements use rhetoric that “treats an election like the kingdom of God is at stake,” Noll said. Anti-communists used this rhetoric, along with the Civil Rights movement and the Religious Right, treating “political events almost as if everything depended on them.”

Obamaniacs, then, are just the next to succumb to a perennial American temptation: confusing politicians with saints.

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2008 in Politics, Religion

 

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