You probably heard Football player (Saints) Benjamin Watson on Fox talking about a post that went viral, the one he made in response to what happened in Ferguson.
“I’m embarrassed, because the looting, violent protests, and law-breaking only confirm, and in the mind of many, validate the stereotypes and thus the inferior treatment. I’m offended because of the insulting comments I’ve seen, that are not only insensitive, but dismissive to the painful experiences of others. I am hopeful because I know that while we still have race issues in America, we enjoy a much different normal than those of our parents and grandparents. I see it in my personal relationships, with teammates, friends and mentors. And it’s a beautiful thing..” Benjamin Watson Facebook
I actually saw several videos by black men saying similar things. One about how blacks need to take some “responsadambility” for themselves, and another one with so many f-words in it that I wouldn’t want to post it but still a sincere speaking of truth. I am not sure that those black men would necessarily appreciate my promoting their videos, being as I am neither black nor male myself, lol, but in the interview on Fox, Watson mentions the “conversations that need to take place”.
I think that may be truer than anyone realizes. Black men want other blacks to stop blaming others for their troubles. That truth by itself doesn’t go far enough, and that’s where Benjamin’s interview differs. He goes all the way to the root, and proclaims it a sin problem.
That is the truth at the root of not only what happened at Ferguson, but everything (bad) happening in America (and the rest of the world). A problem not of white or black, not of politician or upbringing, not of “big government” or “cronyism” of illegal immigration or violations of human rights. The first key to finding solutions, is getting honest about the problem. The problem is sin.
Regular readers my have noticed it’s been a little quiet here lately. I have had a lot on my mind. I think that a lot of folks have. A lot of times when something like the events in Ferguson takes place, there are so many people writing and talking about it. On one hand, I often have no desire to add my “voice” to the already deafening roar. Doesn’t mean I don’t have thoughts on the matter. Sometimes I just have too many thoughts.
One of my favorite bloggers, Elizabeth Prata, did a good post today that goes along well with what Benjamin Watson did in his interview. She mentions a story in the New Yorker magazine, a pastor on Twitter, and the answer to the Sin Problem.
It almost seems as if we are having some of those conversations that need to be had. One can hope! (And pray!)