I foolishly entitled my last post “Black Shame”. It was an unwise choice for a title and I am sorry. I am rewriting it with the hope, that I can better make the point, that I intended to make originally. There is an incredibly wise black minister named Jesse Lee Peterson. The reason I am saying that he is incredibly wise; is because, he has the courage as a black preacher to address the root of problems based on principles from the Christian Holy Bible. I have entitled this post “Black Wisdom” because of Preacher Jesse Lee Peterson’s wise words on this matter. I am writing this week about the events surrounding the death of Michael Brown. For those of you who don’t know who Michael Brown is; he is the 18 year old black boy, who was killed by white police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri.
Black preacher Jesse Lee Peterson makes it clear: black boys for generations have been taught that white police officers hate black people. Because these black boys are filled with anger and believe these lies, when they are stopped, they go off on the police officers verbally and sometimes physically. Preacher Peterson blames black leaders such as Eric Holder, Jesse Jackson, President Barack Obama, black parents and others for failing to train black boys to respect authority. Preacher Peterson said, “Michael Brown is dead because of Michael Brown.” He said that Michael should have treated the officer with respect and should have done what the officer told him to do instead of attacking him. Preacher Peterson shows that some of the worst racism in the USA is racism of blacks against whites. I encourage you to google: radio.foxnews.com/2014/11/26/reverend-jesse-lee-peterson-michael-brown-is-dead-because-of-michael-brown/ or google: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/jesse-lee-peterson-laments-thugs-michael-brown-are-given-benefit-doubt to see for yourself what preacher Peterson had to say. As a black man, Preacher Peterson is courageous enough to be objective and speak the truth in a good way without making excuses.
Michael Brown had just robbed a convenience store of cigars and had physically shoved the clerk out of the way. A police officer spotted him walking down the middle of the street. As the police car approached and words were exchanged, apparently Michael reached through the window of the car and struck officer Darren Wilson in the face, and then attempted to take possession of the officer’s handgun. Let me tell you something. One of the most foolish things a person can do, is grab a police officer’s handgun. Michael Brown carelessly took his life into his own hands and consequently died. Angry Blacks marched and protested the shooting in Ferguson again and again. Many in the black community demanded that the white police officer be indicted before all the facts were known. After the forensic evidence was gathered, and after the autopsy and after extensive testimony, the Grand Jury refused to indict officer Darren Wilson. The evidence indicated, that officer Wilson was telling the truth and that his life had been endangered. When the official announcement was made of NO INDICTMENT, many in the black community went on a lawless rampage of rioting, looting, burning of buildings, shooting weapons and such like. Apparently the rioters were determined to lynch Darren Wilson regardless of the evidence and regardless of the truth, and when he was vindicated by the evidence, the rioters refused to listen to sound logic. For days protesters carried their protests to numerous cities across the USA. I want to say here, that the protesters acted foolishly in choosing this case to show their displeasure. By their own words and actions they are found being defenders of criminal behavior. This is totally unfair to the many fine upstanding black people in this country. I believe the racial divisions in this country could be healed, if the black community would listen to the wisdom of men like Preacher Peterson. There are other great black leaders such as Clarence Thomas, Allen West, Allen Keyes, Condoleezza Rice, Ben Carson, Reggie White and many others, who are very good and noble role models for young blacks to pattern their lives after. Unfortunately, many of the other black leaders in this country continue to fan the flames of racism and are at the root of the problem. These remind me of the Muslim leaders that continually preach hatred of Jews, so it is little wonder that the vast majority of young Muslims grow up hating the Jewish people. Yes, there are some very bad white people in this country and that is a fact, but it is wrong to teach black children that white police officers hate blacks. There are many fine black and white police officers. All of us need to learn to leave the past behind. In Matthew 6:14-15 Yahshua Jesus spoke these words: “If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”