WATCH: Bishop Harry Jackson Calls Terence Crutcher Shooting Part of America’s History ‘That Hasn’t Been Addressed’

Bishop Harry Jackson
Bishop Harry Jackson

Friends and family of Terence Crutcher are learning more about his shooting death at the hands of police. Meanwhile, the nation reacts to the reality of another black man killed by police in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

Bishop Harry Jackson, a well-known African American Pastor, who actively works toward revival and racial unity in America talked with CBN News about the shooting. He says the shootings of black men in America “are the exception, rather than the rule.” He says its a symptom of a much greater problem that spans generations and America’s history.

“But part of the problem that we have in America is that for many centuries we haven’t addressed the tremendous violence against African Americans from the Jim Crow days on through slavery. And, because we’ve got that history that hasn’t been addressed, it looks like its fallen on this generation to decide if she is going to heal the sense of devastation, rejection and absolute, uhm, oh, how can I call it, terrorism that has been subjected to minorities in the nation,” Jackson said.

He went on to give examples throughout American history, “You can go back to the trail of tears with the Native Americans, you can look our our nation’s history, and you’ll find that we’ve had a history of violence, a history of problems as it it relates to race and ethnic groups.”

Jackson said more political posturing, laws and government won’t eliminate the problem, “I’d say race, class, generational poverty are the major moral issues of our day. From Bernie Sanders to Donald Trump, we’ve been hearing outrage about how off kilter the nation is.”

“The political voices have been crying out in their secular way about the things that are wrong. Only the spiritual voices have an opportunity to heal what’s wrong with America and to lead the way to transformation and reform,” Jackson explained.

“I believe the church of today need to not feel blame projection, guilt projection but rather a godly responsibility to pick up the mantle of Martin Luther King, Jr., to enter into that place where we are saying on our watch, we can create America that pleases the heart of God. We can do something that shapes this nation in a powerful way,” Jackson stated.

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