Saturday, January 29, 2011

What Have We Become

DC Talk was a group I discovered during my high school years. Considering what they accomplished as a Contemporary Christian group is remarkable...even more so is how they did it. They started out creating cheesy Christian dance, hip-hop tracks and then as time passed, they evolved their sound, polished it and created something that was substantive with the kind of crossover sound that afforded them mainstream acclaim.

Their landmark album, Jesus Freak, featured a track titled "What Have We Become". The words of the chorus seem to provide an accurate description to our world's current climate:

What have we become?
A self indulgent people, what have we become?

Tell me where are the righteous ones?

What have we become?

In a world degenerating, what have we become?

The lyrics above seem particularly prescient considering the recent news coming out of Philadelphia regarding Kermitt Gosnell and his abortion house of horrors. If for whatever reason you don't know who he is, go here. Read every word...even take time out to read the report attached to the link that details out the charges made against Gosnell.

What you will find is beyond disturbing. The level of brutality and the duration of it is staggering, especially considering that this monster was allowed to practice "medicine" for over four decades and reap a considerable fortune off of poor, inner city residents while the Philadelphia Department of Health looked the other way knowing what was going on.

In case any of you weren't aware, I don't see abortion as a matter of women's reproductive rights. I see this issue as a matter of life and death, a matter of protecting those who can't protect themselves. That, by itself, is enough of a reason for me to see this issue the way I see it. But I also see this in another light. I view this issue through a racial lens. And I hope that by the end of this post, you'll understand why.

You might have noticed that Mr. Gosnell is Black. If you followed the link I provided above, you might notice that there's another Black abortion practitioner out in California that's being investigated for committing similar acts to Mr. Gosnell's. Make no mistake, there are more stories out there waiting to be told. Time will unfold these stories and bring to light even more unspeakable horror. For me, it's not just that these incredibly brutal acts are being committed under the guise of reproductive choice. What makes this even more repulsive to me is that these acts are being committed by Black men, whose ancestors were brutalized in much the same way at the hands of their White slave masters.

Please know I don't point this out to engender more White guilt. Lord knows there's plenty of that going around. What's done is done. The savage acts of White slave masters hundreds of years ago does not need to be carried on the shoulders of present-day White Americans. There will always be racism because of the condition of men's hearts. But by and large, we live in a very diverse society with more people of color in positions of power and influence than at any other time in our nation's history. This could not happen in a fundamentally racist country.

What I contend is that Blacks - who not that long ago were brutalized, tortured, even murdered because they were deemed as not fully human - should be especially sensitive to the plight of the unborn and the inequality shown them. There was a time when we could not speak to make our case for why we deserved equal protection under the law. Thank God that there were people who decided it wasn't above their pay grade to see our cause as a worthy one to take up. They saw a part of Creation that was stamped, like they were, with the very fingerprint of God Himself.

These little babies are no less stamped as we are. We, like them, were knit together in our mother's womb. They are just as deserving of equal protection under the law and they deserve, as we did, for someone to come to their rescue and speak for them in a way that they can't do themselves. Before this can happen, we have to wake up out of the malaise we've been in for the last 40+ years, conditioned to believe the promises of a political party that was to deliver us our balancing of the scales after years of inequality. It has helped create the conditions now seen in much of the Black community - disproportionate rates of single-parent families, paternal abandonment, teen and unwed pregnancy, incarceration, violent crime, unemployment, under-education...and last but not least, abortion. Blacks, while they compose 13% of the US population, represent 40% of babies being aborted.

What have we become? We (Blacks) have, in large part, become a people that have swallowed whole a debilitating mindset that has created far-reaching consequences that are destroying us. And to make matters worse, we willingly participate.

What we must become? We (Blacks) must awaken to this reality and grab hold of a better destiny than the one we believed for so long was entitled to us. We must fight for ourselves in a way that does away with giving credence to people and organizations we cede leadership to who are only interested in lining their own pockets and centralizing power at the expense of everyone else.

Towards the end of "What Have We Become", DC Talk asks:

What about love?

What about God?

What about holiness?
What about mercy

Compassion and selflessness?


So then...what's it gonna be?

Friday, January 14, 2011

Sticks & Stones

You remember the nursery rhyme don't you?

Sticks and stones may break my bones
but words will never hurt me

What is it about certain people that have no regard for other people's feelings and just spout off at the mouth?! I can't begin to try to understand it.

I suppose some people just feel like they're smarter than everyone else in the room and that what they have to say is so important that it just has to be said, regardless of what's being said and how its being said. They just don't care. Their vast, expansive knowledge and self-importance trumps all of the rest of us mere mortals so we are just privileged to hear what they have to say. Because, again, they are so vitally important to the rest of us.

We all know what happened in Tucson, whether the MSM ever gets it right or not, we don't need them to tell us what happened. Six people died, including a precious 9-year old little girl. Many, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords were shot at point blank range at the hands of a likely paranoid schizophrenic who was fond of such literary works as Mein Kampf and The Communist Manifesto.

Before the spilled blood of victims had dried on the pavement in the Safeway parking lot, Sheriff Dupnik, the presiding law enforcement officer over the case, began the narrative that this was an act caused by heated political rhetoric courtesy of the Tea Party. From there the political hot potato was carried by the likes of The New York Times, The New York Post, The Huffington Post, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC and MSNBC but shifted more specifically to Sarah Palin who was instantly made into Public Enemy #1 because of a map produced by her political action committee during the most recent election cycle (the same kind of map created by Democrats on numerous occasions). That became her "Scarlet A" and had every liberal talking head's finger pointing in her direction as the ultimate cause for the rampage that occurred. As Markos Moulitsas (founder of The Daily Kos) so eloquently quipped via Twitter, "Mission Accomplished Sarah Palin".

And not to be outdone, progressive sympathizers have littered the social media universe with pleasantries like:

"When will the crosshairs fall over Palin?"
"Sarah Palin and her family are the #1 choice to get dic* cancer this year"
"I hope Sarah Palin dies an ugly death..."
"Sarah Palin's website kills people; I hope she dies gnashing her teeth"
"I hope Sarah Palin dies and gets cancer in the next two years"
"Got your wish bitc*. Join us in praying to God that Sarah Palin contracts cancer and dies!"
"My hatred for Sarah Palin continues to grow. I think this woman should be assassinated."
"I hope Sarah Palin dies a slow and painful death. That c*nt has blood on her hands."
"Abort Palin"
"She's gonna get gang-raped by my big black brothers!"
"Turncoat bitch
"
"Whore"

Ding dong the witch is dead!

And despite all of this, Sarah Palin still exhibited grace, dignity and restraint in the face of absolute cruelty and vile. Despite the fact that there isn't a shred of evidence remotely linking anything Sarah Palin has done with the Tucson shooter, still the MSM falls short of setting the record straight to absolve her of any responsibility. They smear, gawk and libel her without remorse because of their utter contempt for her.

The progressives and MSM don't seem to understand, while held hostage by their own arrogance, that Sarah Palin connects with the rest of us in a way that they simply can't. Besides grow up in a small town in Alaska, play high school basketball, win a beauty contest, marry her high school sweetheart and have 5 kids together (and actually decide to give birth to a child she knew would have Down's Syndrome), graduate from college, join the PTA, become a city council member, get elected mayor of a small town, become governor of Alaska, take on big oil and corruption even within her own party, receive the Republican VP nomination, run a successful fishing business, pen a couple of best-selling books and challenge the establishment by standing for her convictions, what great evil has she perpetrated to warrant such venom?

What we've seen happen to Sarah Palin is on par with nothing we've seen in the history of modern politics. It's precisely the reason why she is uniquely positioned like no one in the field of candidates today to take up the mantle of leadership for our country during this crucial moment in history. It is this kind of leadership that will be necessary to restore our position in the world in the face of growing threats on our borders and elsewhere. She won't bow in deference to others, she won't shy away from the tough decisions whether it be concerning social security or budget discipline, she won't play political games at the expense of people's livelihoods and she will use her words...wisely.

Because few people in modern history know the distinct impact of words like she does.

Sticks and stones.

Monday, January 3, 2011

I Hate MTV

I remember watching MTV as a kid and loving it because they showed Michael Jackson videos. It didn't get much better than that.

That was another lifetime ago. I couldn't have more contempt for Music Television at the moment.

It's because of a special that recently aired on an on-going reality series...16 and Pregnant. They recently did a special, "No Easy Decision", in which they profiled a teenager who decided to have an abortion.

I didn't think I could hate a show anymore and then this happened. As if it isn't enough to give so much camera-time to these teenage girls, the MTV think-tank decided to dedicate a show for one of the "safest, most common medical procedures in the U.S." In case you were wondering, those were Dr. Drew Pinsky's words in quotes. Dr. Drew was the host of this "special". Great to have a doctor give such good advice isn't it?

Safe for whom, Dr. Pinsky? Safe for the babies that are dismembered, burned and sucked from the warmth of wombs in which they were forming due to the actions of two willing people? Safe for the mothers who now have to cope with the promise of a life never to be made known, whose bodies and minds now and forever bear the scars of a deadly choice? Safe for fathers who live with the regret of not providing the protection only they can give their children?

It's disgusting. Our culture has rebelled against a culture of life. We take the things of God and regard them less than the waste we flush down the toilet. We choose, instead, to believe the lies of the enemy who, for instance, makes girls and women believe that their nurturing, life-giving nature is something of a burden to be cast aside for more lofty goals/ambitions like a career or education. For men, it's that manliness is something evil and it's better for everyone if we're, well, more like a woman (go see a Tyler Perry movie if you don't believe me).

For my culture (Black men and women), it's the lie that we're owed something, that we're entitled to money and opportunity to balance the scales of hundreds of years of oppression. And somehow, this will finally right so many wrongs. And while so many in Black communities wait for this tipping of the scales, they continue to suffer at their own hands via rampant crime, drug abuse, single-parent families, low-graduation rates, high incarceration, disproportionate levels of unemployment and teenage pregnancy. Oh and all of this while the NAACP and race hustlers like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton continue to line their pockets by filling itching ears with rhetoric that further entrenches this slave mentality. I just wish one time someone would ask Mr. Sharpton or Mr. Jackson how they feel about the fact that 40% of all abortions are on black babies when Blacks only make up 13% of the population. Maybe one of these days, I'll get my chance to ask.

In the meantime, I won't be watching MTV. Nothing worth watching really. They don't play Michael Jackson videos anymore anyway.