These startling words have been heard around the world in the past week. They are the last few words of George Floyd before he died handcuffed under the knees of Minneapolis Minnesota Police Officer Derek Chauvin, Derek Chauvin has recently been arrested on murder charges days after the rioting began. In my personal opinion a few days late.
The death or George Floyd has caused destruction across the United States. Some have been peaceful protestors, many looters, some destroying everything in their path, burning businesses, vehicles, blocking freeways, physically injuring innocent bystanders and business owners just trying to protect their livelihood, and more. Even through all of this evil, God's warriors can be seen if we look hard enough. There are locals out there beating the streets with Law Enforcement stopping this evil in their tracks and leading the youth out of the world of sin they are facing.
If you have followed me long enough you know that I do not stand on any side but God's truth. I refuse to stand with our government, Law Enforcement, or the American citizens if that party is wrong. Why? At the end of our lives we will stand before our creator and answer for our unjust support of an entity. We cannot do this. We must look at right vs wrong, good vs evil, righteous vs unrighteous, and all of this can be summed up with one word. Sin. The bible makes it clear that we are not fighting color or cultural differences. Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
If we would only recognize this and stop fighting one another maybe, just maybe, our world would prosper. There is only God's definition of good. Anything outside of that is called evil and sin in His eyes. What I want to do is to point out a few things that will help others understand why we often see "white" officers on "Black" suspects that lead to injury or death. There are a lot of misconceptions out there and I hope this will educate you further so that you can have a clearer idea of why this occurs.
1. Evil Exists: The most important thing to remember is that evil exist and we are fighting a spiritual battle that most cannot see. They are blind and deaf because they choose to remain away from God's mercy and grace. Since evil exist so does racism at various levels. This is something that we have to accept. We don't have to be ok with it but we can't change it. Officers are forced to shoot people sometimes. It's unfortunately part of the world we live in due to evil and corruptness. Most of the time it is justified, sometimes it is accidental due to lack of training, and other times it is evil intent of a human being.
2. I'm White And You Are Black: Somewhere along the line someone wanted to create division so what better way to do this between humans? I'm going to call one white and the other black. Two polar opposite colors that have nothing in common. Take a look at your skin. Are you white by definition? Are you black by definition? No, so why do we continue to use these words? When you apply emotions to a word, with a degrading posture, it sticks over time. No different than using words like beautiful, good job, and others when communicating. We have the ability to build others up or destroy them with words. Words are powerful. We cannot deny there is color in the world but until we remove these two identifying words from our vocabulary, it can't get better. It doesn't matter what color someone is. Rape is rape. Murder is murder. Assault is assault because again we are dealing with evil not our flesh. No matter how little a sin is, it is still sin in the eyes of God.
3. The White Man Is Always Shooting the Black Man: The misconception here is that it is always a white man that shoots a black man. The first point here is that you must take in consideration of the Caucasian versus the African American ratio in the United States. Recent stats show that African American, non Hispanic, make up 12.1% or 37,144,530 (37.14 million) of the U.S. population. The Caucasian, non Hispanic or Latino population is 61.3% or 200,451,000 (200.45 million) U.S. Citizens.
With that in mind and because we are discussing the death of George Floyd from Minneapolis, I think it would be a good idea to use the stats of their police officers. www.governing.com shows that the Minneapolis Police Department employs 79.8% Caucasian Officers and 8.8% African American officers. The Caucasian population share is 60.8% whereas the African American population share is 17.7%. If you study deeper into this you will also find that more Caucasians are pulled over daily than any other ethnicity due to this ratio.
Final point here is there have been many instances of African American officers abusing and shooting other African Americans. In many cases we see African American officers being very aggressive towards the detainee. Under question most say they are tired of the African American youth acting the way they do. Drugs, killing one another over what color head band the other is wearing, what block is yours and what block is mine, and other silly reasons. It is accountability for their ethnicity. Not all but it is true to some extent.
4. More Black Men are Shot Than White Men: This is the biggest misconception that satan is using to cause division. www.statista.com and multiple other website show these shooting stats of African Americans versus Caucasians.
2017- African 223, Caucasian 457
2018- African 209, Caucasian 399
2019- African 235, Caucasian 370
2020- African 42, Caucasian 31
By looking at the population numbers in the U.S., Minneapolis, and shooting stats there is clear evidence that indicates more Caucasians are shot than African Americans each year, and the shooting officers are predominately Caucasian due to the higher ratio of employed. If we can all come to this conclusion based of factual evidence the question remains why does it seem that all we see is the "white" officer abusing or murdering the "black" man?
I could go into a deep biblical discussion that helps prove certain things but that is not the point of this discussion. We can chalk it up as we are being divided by spiritual forces that are far smarter and stronger than us, and they are influencing other humans such as the news channels and Republicans vs Democrats. As long as they can remain behind the curtains pulling the strings of the human flesh of our bodies, we will continue destroying one another. Our communities we must come to a common ground and that common ground is evil does exist, all lives matter, one wrong doesn't justify the next, and each man must be held accountable for their own actions regardless of color or even how much we love them and want to defend them. We don't have to disown someone but we cannot support the actions if it goes against God's righteousness. Too much is at stake.
Acts 3:19 Change your hearts and lives! Turn back to God so that your sins may be wiped away.
Have a great day and God bless America