BLMI recently had a friend post the following on Facebook:

“The people being the most silent about the unjust murder of George Floyd are my white Christian friends and family. I’m disappointed, but not surprised. Y’all had a lot more to say about Colin Kaepernick kneeling on a football field than you do about a police officer kneeling on a Black man’s neck until he died. Be better. Use your privilege for good. Speak up against injustice. If you’re out of your comfort zone, you’re doing it right. Complacency is not an option right now. Either you’re in the fight for justice, or you aren’t.

“Learn to do right; seek justice.
Defend the oppressed.
Take up the cause of the fatherless;
plead the case of the widow.” Isaiah 1:17″

This was my response…

“I hear the cries for help. I see the injustices. My heart truly aches for families that have to watch the life needlessly drain from a body they desire to protect. I see it. It infuriates me. Every person I know is completely disgusted with what happened to George Floyd. I know I am. I also can’t stand Colin Kaepernick. What does that make me?

You, however, have become part of the new normal. Privileged white kid puts down other white people, Christians, and own family members in a single sentence.

What should I do to help our citizens of color? Should I move some of my money to a black bank? Should I watch BET and make sure my daughters learn everything about black culture? Should I watch movies that feature POC? Maybe I should follow black activists on Twitter?
Should I vote for POC, not based on political view and affiliation, but solely based on the color of their skin? Should I attend an all-white group dedicated to talking about how racist things are in the world? (These are all ideas you condone in your post “75 Things White People Can Do For Racial Justice”)

I will not feel inferior because of the color of my skin. I am proud to be white.

While society criticizes white people for grouping black people as a whole, white people are grouped without hesitation. Society dictates that it’s OK to segregate black people with television channels, dating sites, award shows, colleges, etc., but would have a full-blown meltdown if an all-white channel or award show were created.

Before you decide to start naming every person of color that has ever been killed, beaten, unjustly incarcerated, or otherwise discriminated against, understand that I too feel their anguish and pain. However, It gets tiring to hear people constantly say, “You couldn’t possibly know what it’s like to be racially singled out because of the color of your skin.” I understand that, but constantly putting down white people isn’t the answer. It’s a no-win situation.

What have you as an individual done to use your privilege for good? Are you running for office so you can help implement change? It’s way too easy to be an armchair quarterback these days. Show the white people of the world that you mean business. Lead by example.

I also find it interesting how just about everyone, regardless of skin color, can cherry-pick the Bible to suit their needs. We either believe what the Bible says and follow-through, or we don’t. There is no in-between. The Bible clearly says that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” No race depicted in that at all. We are all guilty. But God…

I’m still your friend!”

I’m sick and tired of hearing about white privilege. To believe the only reason I can get anything out of life is because of the color of my skin is your right. It certainly doesn’t make it true.

Where was white privilege when I couldn’t make a truck payment? Where was it when my rent was 2 weeks late and I had to take money set aside for another bill to make sure we had a place to live?

Give me a freakin’ break!

I have a question for our outspoken citizens… Why is YOUR cause more important than MY cause? Because I don’t stand up for the black man or woman in their cause, does that make me less important in your eyes? Guess what? I don’t give a rats ass what you think! Where were you when my family and I traveled to one of the poorest counties in the United States and witnessed the love of Christ to those in need. Where were you then? That is what I’m concerned about.

I am accountable to God and my wife.

Don’t even get me started on Kaepernick. This goes back to the freedom of speech article I wrote. He has the right to do what he wants. Does that mean I have to enjoy it? Like it? It certainly does not. However, I respect the fact that he believed in something, acted on it, and didn’t start a riot in a major metropolitan city! He has that freedom because of the many men and women in the armed forces. People died to give him that right.

There are those who would have you believe I hate Kaepernick because he’s a black man kneeling during the National Anthem. I may hate his actions, but the color of his skin has absolutely nothing to do with it. I don’t approve of anyone who feels the need to kneel during the National Anthem, but once again, this is a freedom of speech. It is their right to do so.

So what should I do? I must be in the minority, but I don’t believe we have a major race issue in our police departments. If you can show me some statistics that prove otherwise, please fill me in.