Southern Missionary Baptist Church
Attn: Pastor X. Thompson
4678 WestAdams Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90016
I am writing you and the entire Southern Missionary Baptist Church family to express my concern about the misinformation that is being spread about California’s SB 48, the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act. This act is important to everyone as it gives our children the opportunity to learn that every community has contributed to the greatness of our society in diverse ways. Without this piece of legislation, we are all subject to our future being misinformed about the beauty of diversity.
When I look back over my own life and remember how in the public school system, I was taught that slavery “wasn’t all that bad” and being made to feel the contributions my ancestors made to our society weren’t really great, it makes me sad to think that there are African-American people like you and those you lead who would support the repeal of a law that makes that travesty the norm for our kids. It’s reprehensible that African-American people would support this immoral and racist agenda under the guise of standing up for morality.
As for “sexualizing history”… sir, nobody has said anything about sex but you and those who support your crusade. This law is CLEARLY about diversity in education. It’s important that our children know that our African-American ancestors who were slaves were NOT savages who were saved by the good Christian white people. They should know that the very Christianity you
preach and teach was forced upon our people after they were stripped their identity, language, culture, and religion so they could be controlled and enslaved mentally, emotionally and spiritually. It’s important that our children know that their Blackness, their Latin heritage, their Asian culture, and any other culture they may represent is not something that should divide us, but it’s what makes us beautiful and it should be celebrated. NOWHERE in this law is sexual behavior mentioned.
Contrary to your statements about homophobia, your stance on this issue IS homophobic. Homophobia is an irrational fear of homosexual people and the things related to theirlives. It is also a fear that one may indeed be homosexual. What’s so wrong
about our kids knowing that the organizer of the Civil Rights March on Washington, Bayard Rustin, was not just black but a same gender loving man? What’s wrong with our children knowing that people who are different from them can also be good people who do great things that change the world? Fearing that reality IS INDEED homophobic. Not only is that, to think and perpetuate the notion that all there is to same gender loving people is what they do in their bedrooms ridiculous. How dare we reduce an entire community to sex! It’s like saying all black people do is play sports, eat fried chicken and watermelon, have children out of wedlock and drain the economy of its resources with their laziness. Please remember that during the Reconstruction Era, black men were considered to be the greatest threat to white women, and black women were categorized as highly sexual. Black people as a whole were once reduced to sexual stereotypes.
Your act of asking those who support SB 48 to leave your church meeting was not only bigoted, and irrationally fearful, but
anti-Christian. When did Jesus (the one you are supposed to follow and imitate) EVER send anyone away from being close
to Him? I can’t find that in any Bible that I read. When did Jesus ever treat people that way?
My prayer for you is that GOD would open your heart and mind to see that what you are doing will have horrible consequences. Without SB 48, what’s to stop the government from mandating that ALL education relating to anything other than “American”
(or white) people is inappropriate and should never be taught in the classroom? What will that do to Native American History, Black History, Latin History, Asian History, being taught in the classroom? Whether or not we believe it, or accept it there are gays, lesbians, bi-sexuals, transgendered, queer, questioning, intersexed and same gender loving people within ALL those
cultures. We all contribute greatness and beauty to our society. Who are we to rob our children of knowledge of that reality?
As co-founder of the OpREBIRTH movement (www.operationrebirth.com), I would like to invite you to further discuss this issue. We at OpREBIRTH are more than happy to have this conversation (not debate) with you in an effort to bring peace, heal this
divide, and to let the community know that we are more alike than we are different. At the end of the day, we all want the same things… to be loved, to be respected, and to be treated with fairness and equity. The only way we are going to grow as a people is if we stop being afraid of people who are not like us in every way. Now is the time that we stop being manipulated into letting our differences be used to divide us. We must stand together on the things that make us the same. It would be foolish for an entire generation to perish due to lack of knowledge, as a result of the fears and prejudice of people who should be teaching them how to love.
Over the past few days I have been really troubled to hear about the “flash mob violence” that isgoing on in Wisconsin and in Pennsylvania. I’m troubled, not just because black youth are acting out and behaving very violently, but because of the media spin that is making it all look like horrible and violent black youth are randomly attacking innocent good white folks.
I don’t condone random unprovoked violence in any fashion. But I must say I understand the reason why these young people are acting out in such a way. I can see their frustration and their feeling of hopelessness. Most of these kids have no stable home life. They go to schools that have been stripped of music and arts programs. They live in neighborhoods where there are no community centers or anything constructive for them to do. Playgrounds are being torn down and parks are being closed. Their very existence is a reflection of what it is like to live in every form of poverty. What alternative is there for them?
Having been raised in the south, I also understand what it’s like to be treated unfairly because of the color of your skin. I know what it’s like to be made to feel like you are less than everyone else. That makes angry after awhile. To realize that no matter how good you are at anything, your options are few and your chances of living your dreams are slim to none could push anyone over the edge.
Do all these things excuse their actions? Absolutely not! Should the perpetrators of these violent acts be punished? ABSOLUTELY! But we have to understand that finding the guilty ones and punishing them does NOT solve the problem. As a country, do we feel that treating the symptoms of a problem so we can say we did something is enough? Do we even care about solving the real problem? If we take care of the root of the problem, the symptoms will go away.
Or maybe the problem is deeper than that. Maybe this is a forecast of what is to come. Maybe the kids are acting out because they feel the only way they are going to get whatever they feel they deserve is to take it by force. I mean, our country was built as a result of violence, rape, theft, treachery and slavery. Could it be that those seeds are finally springing up? The very religion our country was supposedly built upon teaches that “whatsoever a man sows, THAT shall he also reap”. I don’t know. Maybe there’s nothing that can be done. Maybe the damage is already done and we just have to live in the environment that was created for us by those who came before.
If the media is going to report on these types of stories, I hope they do so with true journalistic integrity. I hope these issues are reported in a way that makes people think and inspire people to do what they can to change the situations causing the issues in the first place. If the revolution is to be televised, hopefully it will be in such a way that all of us can learn something and not spun into something that is divisive and perpetuates the problem.
Who knew that having a black President of the United States would wake up Amerikkka’s true feelings? For years, where racial slurs and “off color” comments about race were consideredpolitically incorrect and downright ignorant, to speak hate speech is now allowed because it’s our “constitutional right”.
Now that the Congressional Black Caucus and other supposed civil rights organizations have had their fill of the racist kool-aid, what’s next? I’ll tell you… the senseless killing of black men in the streets of the “greatest country on earth” and not even leading blacks are saying anything about it.
According to police, early on the morning of June 26th, James Craig Anderson, a 49 year-old African-American auto plant worker in the city of Jackson, Mississippi, was set upon by a group of white teenagers who beat him while screaming “White Power.” Then one of them got behind the wheel of a Ford F250 green pickup and ran Anderson over, killing him. And what did the the 7 white boys get? NOTHING! The ring leader is out of jail on house arrest AFTER an area pastor told police this sort of thing would happen if he wasn’t taken off the streets. The 2nd hatemonger was charged with only simple assault. And the rest? Well, we have yet to hear about what will happen to them.
Where the hell is Al Sharpton, Dr. Cornel West, Tavis Smiley, the CBC, NAACP? I guess the kool-aid they’re drinking is spiked with some BS that has them asleep now. Or maybe the photo ops aren’t big enough for them to say anything about this case. They sure didn’t think the POTUS being referred to as a “tar-baby” was important.
But then again, why should they? They have arrived. They are the leading blacks. And no matter how passionate or apathetic they appear to be on camera, black folks will eat up whatever they say. It wouldn’t surprise me if they are being paid by Republikkkans to say nothing. And they have the nerve to wonder why this generation coming up has no respect whatsoever for them or what they claim to stand for.
I’m not discounting the work they’ve done. I’m not even saying they haven’t done good for Black America or the country as a whole. I AM saying that the struggle isn’t over. And since these people have been elected and/or anointed “black leaders” they are OBLIGATED to continue to speak out against hate speech and violence against people of color. If not, they need to pass the torch to people who can and will stand up for justice. My late grandmother would say “shit, or get off the pot”!
To the CBC, NAACP, NAN, NBJC and all the other “civil rights organizations” who have a national platform I ask, “How many more James Craig Andersons have to be run over and murdered before you say anything? Or does your silence equal consent?
SEE THE VIOLENT VIDEO OF THE MURDER HERE… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPbMsZM-eO4
Where is the outrage over the racist “tar baby” remark made by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO)? There has been no outcry whatsoever from “black leaders”. I suppose I should count their silence as their consent. It’s okay for someone in his position to use racial slurs in public, on the airwaves as long as they apologize and say they didn’t “intend” to be offensive. What the hell did he intend by using a term like “tar-baby”? How could something like that not be construed as racist?
When contacting the Congressional Black Caucus on the issue of their white colleague using racial slurs in the media when talking about associated with our African-American President, their reply was “what he said is protected under free speech and since no laws were broken, there is nothing we can do”. REALLY CBC? REALLY!!! Like this is a censorship issue. It ain’t about censorship, it’s about what is SUPPOSED to be the right thing. It’s about what the Civil Rights Movement was about, equality under the law and respect for all people.
Don’t get me wrong, I understand everyone having the right to say what they feel and speak their opinion. At the age of 40 I realize that we are not at all living in a post-racial Amerikkka. So my outrage isn’t with pecker-woods from Colorado who don’t like minorities or openly use racial slurs about black people. My problem is with the silence and apathy of the leading blacks in this country who call themselves black leaders. If one of them would have gotten on the radio or television and said “being involved with John Boehner in anything is like wallowing in a ditch with trailer trash honky redneck ofays” there would be some hell to pay.
How far will this go before the CBC, NAACP, NBJC or any other supposedly black social justice organization stands up and publically calls the blatant racism that is being broadcast over the airways and in newspapers and magazines UNACCEPTABLE? If the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan even casually says the word “Jewish” in an interview, EVERY JEWISH SOCIAL JUSTICE ORGANIZATION IN AMERIKKKA WOULD HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY ABOUT IT! At this rate, one of the elected racist crackaz in congress could refer to the President as a nigger and they wouldn’t say anything. MY BAD! I FORGOT. The still unconfirmed gay agenda to take over the world by converting little children is more of a threat to this country than unhooded klansmen who have the power to legislate discrimination.
Let me just issue a warning. When we start letting “little things” like racial slurs being hurled over the public airwaves fly, sooner or later we will be back in the era of Jim Crow. Remember, a little leaven ruins the whole loaf. The Republikkkan party has already started trying to do things to suppress the votes of those who have a history of voting democrat. What’s next, White and Colored Only bathrooms? If we don’t wake up, we are headed in that direction. Didn’t we learn anything from the Civil Rights Movement? Aren’t we teaching our children remember and respect the legacy of our ancestors? If not, we are DOOMED TO REPEAT IT!
Oh yeah, “the terms cracka, peckerwood, trailer trash, honky, redneck and ofay are IN NO WISE intended to be offensive. And if anyone IS offended by their use I am deeply sorry.” That makes my using them okay… right?