I’m not sure what to do with Thabiti Anyabwile’s issues with the police. The idea that police as a category have been an instrument of racist oppression makes perfect sense to me, but it confuses me that the way to address that is to permanently categorize the police as a tool of racist oppression.
His mom told him he must not, under any circumstances, become a cop, because the system would have him unjustly shooting other black men. That almost makes sense, except that I’m pretty sure under similar circumstances, my mother would have told me by all means to become a policeman, so that I could reduce the number of my fellow Irishmen being unjustly shot.
I was raised on the philosophy that you should combat racism by feeling sorry for racists and helping them learn better. My mom made me read Ben Carson’s book Think Big at an early age.
Can anybody corroborate Mr. Anyabwile’s story, or help explain it? Can a black man be a policeman without perpetuating racist systems?
I’m replacing all my Jack Chick tracts with Adam4D. Here’s the one I want to buy first:
Oh, where is the purchase page!?
Francis Frangipane: If we do not see conformity to Christ as central to our future, what may be guiding us is a wind of doctrine.
Trying to explain to my oldest why saying “he’s too white” is kind of funny, while “he’s too black.” is kind of an insult. It has to do with Fergusson…
This airplane is probably out of my price range.
If I had gone here, I could have saved myself a lot of time and money, and ended up about in the same place.
Two links for Thabiti Anyabwile in a row, and this one may be more serious than the last. I’m not much for joining movements, or frankly anything else that smacks of being practical. I don’t understand racism, or even what it feels like to be oppressed. The idea that the proof that someone is being oppressed is the fact that they feel that way is slack-jawed incomprehensible to me. But Thabiti says so, and I’m inclined to believe him, because I trust him when he tells me how I ought to feel.
Now I’d like him to tell me what to do. He’s issuing a challenge to the orthodox Evangelical church to form an organization, a campaign, a something. I’m no good at that sort of thing, and I’m pretty sure I’m nobody in the body of Christ, but point me to the bandwagon. I’ll get on it.
I’ve pondered this post by Thabiti Anyabwile for a day or so now. I don’t think I have anything to add to it, other than to say that there are things that I believe when Thabiti says them that I just have a hard time hearing when someone else says them.
Bekah Merkle on her courtship experience. Valerie and I also told everyone we were dating. Nobody in our corner of the country knew what courtship was, except maybe that it sounded kind of Mennonite, and nobody in our corner of the country knew what a Mennonite was.