Does Racism Exist in America?

We are supposed to have equal rights in America. We all have the constitutional right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. If racism still exists in America can each citizen have this? Some people believe that racism does not exist. Here is the definition:

prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior: “a program to combat racism” 

synonyms: racial discrimination · racialism · racial prejudice ·

the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.

Again we are seeing the issue of race in the news and social media. Two African American males have been shot by police officers. These are situations that should never have happened. The situations could have been avoided, but for whatever reason both of these situations escalated to a fatal situation.

Many people believe that these situations occurred because of the color of skin of the victims. I can say that this is very possible. I do not feel that the officers set out at the beginning of their shift to harm a black male. What I do believe is that things got out of control really quickly. Both events were very tragic and I pray for all that are involved. Like many, I wonder if things would have been different if these two people had been Caucasian.

When tragedies such as this occur people start using the hashtag black lives matter. I agree wholeheartedly in this statement. I also agree that all lives matter. God created everyone in His image. He did not create one race to be superior to the other one. One of my favorite Christian rappers, LeCrae, posted on social media about how #alllivesmatter is an insult. I believe he is wrong in this statement. We are all equal at the foot of the cross.

Jesus tells us to come to Him. He tells us that whosoever calls on His name will be saved. This is not referring to one race. It refers to everyone. It refers to all nationalities and all races. God sees us His children. He does not see us as different races.

During the 1950’s and 1960’s many great men fought for equal rights of all. Dr. Martin Luther King gave his famous “I have a dream” speech during this time. He dreamed of equality for all. When there is prejudice towards a race then certain people are going to lose their rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

The problem is not that we are born with a prejudice. It is something that is bred into the culture we are in. Look at the innocence of children. Children do not care who you are. Many people need to return to this innocence. More importantly people need to let the love of God take over in their lives. With the love of God there is no room for hatred, discrimination, or prejudice in your heart.

We must come together as a nation. We must stand with those that are oppressed because of their skin color. We can no longer turn a blind eye or deaf ear to racial discrimination. We must stand together and say enough is enough. We can no longer tolerate hate groups such as the Black Panthers of the KKK. I have a dream that we will all see each other as brothers and sisters in Christ. 

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