Michael Brown: Am I Racist for Criticizing Rioters?

Michael Brown
Michael Brown

I get called all kinds of names on a regular basis — from Hitler to homophobe and from pitiful to pathological — but I don’t get called a racist all that much (unless, of course, I’m speaking against radical Islam, which somehow makes me a racist, as if Islam was a race and as if criticizing murderous religionists was unfair).

Last night was different, though, as I drew attention to the lawless rioters in Charlotte (near where I live), saying that this was not God’s way and that it was not the way of justice. But since I didn’t immediately assume that the police were guilty of killing an unarmed black man in cold blood — in other words, because I didn’t immediately disbelieve a black police chief, a black police officer, and other (presumably black) eyewitnesses — I was not only lacking in compassion, I was a racist.

One commenter on my Facebook page stated that, “Brown is a racist and that is clear,” explaining, “You are getting called out for being a racist. You have proven it time and time again with your posts. You see racist comments on here and you do nothing. That is because it is in your heart. Repent and leave God out of your foolishness!”

For the record, I sometimes see as few as 1 out of every 100 (or 1,000) comments posted, since we get as many as 100,000 comments per week on our various social media posts (although our team removes extremely offensive or profane comments when they are spotted).

But my concern is that disagreement is now branded racism, that failure to affirm each and every grievance is perceived as racism, and that anything short of complete acceptance of the major, PC talking points is called racism.

So, it is not enough to immediately post reports about police shootings on my Facebook page, including both the Tulsa and Charlotte shooting, along with the breaking news report that the Tulsa officer had been charged with manslaughter.

It is not enough to constantly discuss race issues on my radio show, where black callers and guests share the challenges they have faced in America and where a black Charlotte pastor and seminary professor said this very week that there is still systemic racism in our country.

It is not enough to end articles with lines like this: “It’s time for white Americans, like me, to stand side by side with black Americans, like [NFL star] Ben Watson, and say, ‘Enough with our flawed system. We stand with you against injustice and discrimination, and we want to empower you, not enslave you. America will not thrive until you are thriving.'”

No, unless I immediately side against the police, unless I buy into the prevailing PC narrative, unless I speak no critical words against protesters (or constantly balance them with caveats), I’m a racist.

A few years ago, a caller accused me of racism, after which a flood of black and Hispanic callers took this caller to task. They knew me too well for that, and on quite a few occasions, I’ve had the joy of meeting black listeners who just discovered I was white, meaning, that they perceived me to be anything but an enemy or outsider while listening to my show.

But I don’t write this primarily about me (although I have, quite obviously, used myself as an example).

I write this for the sake of others, in particular for the sake of my black American friends whom I love and cherish with a deep sense of brotherhood.

Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/am-i-racist-for-criticizing-rioters-169991/#v4UKkdcKGUPRKmHx.99

SOURCE: The Christian Post – Michael Brown