Speech delivered by Ryan Bomberger in Lincoln Park, DC on Tuesday, July 14th at the Center for Urban Renewal and Education’s (CURE) “Emancipation Celebration Rally” to defend the Emancipation Memorial.
Thank you Star Parker and CURE for making this rally possible. I actually can’t believe I’m standing in the very same place that my childhood hero — Frederick Douglass —once stood to praise this very memorial. Like Douglass, I have a passion for words. Words can change everything. God spoke the world and Life into existence…with words. Now that’s revolutionary. Like Douglass, I too am “biracial” with black and white biological parents. Like Douglass, I too was conceived in rape. I was adopted and loved by two amazing parents — who happen to be white. My mom is the one who taught me about Frederick Douglass, Benjamin Banneker, Harriet Tubman and George Washington Carver. An avid reader herself, she provided me books about these and many more victors because she understood I wasn’t a victim. Like Douglass, I was humanly unplanned. But the circumstances of our conception don’t change the condition of our worth. And the condition of our beautiful pigmentation doesn’t change the circumstances of our equality.
We are all created equal. Black. White. And every hue in between. Douglass understood this so deeply. That’s why the tagline of his The North Star newspaper declared: “Right is of no sex, truth is of no color, God is the Father of us all, we are all brethren.” Amen!
Apparently, it’s now racist to say “we’re one human race.” Well, call me a “racist” I guess. The word seems to have no meaning these days. When we separate ourselves into different categories by color, it doesn’t end well. The social construct of race has never elevated humanity. I almost want to even reject the vernacular that still affirms “race”…so I’ll call it skinism. It’s this very sin — in the form of slavery — that is being called out in this profound memorial. In Boston, they decided to purge history and remove a replica of this statue. The tearing down of statues is about so much more, though, than objects that cause “offense” to the Left. It’s about suppressing and controlling speech, whether historical or present. Ironically, Frederick Douglass spoke in Boston in 1860 about the crucial nature of free speech, saying: “Equally clear is the right to hear. To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker. It is just as criminal to rob a man of his right to speak and hear as it would be to rob him of his money.”
He went on to say: “Slavery cannot tolerate free speech.” Amen! Neither can “progressivism.” Neither can LGBTQ activism. Neither can pro-abortion feminism. Neither can a Marxist Black Lives Matter movement.
Instead of tearing down statues, our culture needs to build up Biblical statutes — like loving one another, forgiving one-another, and understanding that from One blood God created us all.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Ryan Bomberger