It sounds dramatic. And it was. A week ago Monday, I was rushed to the hospital unable to breathe. I had suffered a pulmonary embolism resulting in blood clots to my lungs, and it was a terrifying experience. I had been battling blood clots for years and never knew. It was a mixture of health deterioration that led me away from my normal self for, especially, the past year. My heavy travel/speaking schedule, heavy creative demands, and heavy heart for reaching a broken culture was breaking me. I’ve always kept my wife and kiddos my highest priority but wasn’t protecting myself the way I should have.
I’m completely biased. I’ll let you know that up front. It’s not an implicit bias; it’s an explicit bias.
I went to Ferguson shortly after all the mayhem back in 2014. I saw sections of the city burned to the ground. I talked to pastors and residents who shared that little had changed even years after all of the mainstream media hype. In an article in 2014, I accused the news media of malfeasance in what seemed to be blatant efforts to foment a racial war. They’re still fanning the flames from their cozy air-conditioned studios today almost gleefully relaying America’s politically driven chaos.
Dividing people is always easy. All it takes is a lie dressed up in a hashtag. Uniting people is never easy. It takes a lot of work, a lot of listening, and a lot of learning. It takes humility and honesty. It requires context that brings clarity. And it’s worth every effort.
LifeNews Note: Ryan Bomberger delivered the following speech at the Center for Renewal and Urban Education's rally on July 14th to celebrate the Lincoln Emancipation Memorial.
Life is filled with irony. Last year “feminists” were celebrating women’s equality declaring #TheFutureIsFemale; now men can be “women” merely by saying so. Smart phones provide more access to historical knowledge than ever before as social justice warriors celebrate their ignorance of basic history by using smart phones to record their desecration of statues they know nothing about. The civil rights movement was birthed out of the tireless self-sacrifice to fight for personhood of those deemed less than human; now that hijacked movement celebrates the commercialized sacrifice of our unborn children who they view as non-persons.
They Said Slaves Weren’t People. They Say Unborn Babies Aren’t People. Same Wrong, Different Century
Juneteenth should be a reminder to never see any group of humans as non-persons. It never works out well for the ones victimized by such evil arrogance. Today, the most marginalized and vulnerable humans have been deemed “non-persons” and are violently treated like property. Same wrong. Different century.
Every life unjustly killed deserves justice. In the cause to make things right, I will not join a movement that has nearly everything wrong. More innocent lives have now been killed (#BlueLivesMatter, too) since these predominantly violent protests began over George Floyd’s horrific death. What about the black lives killed in this nationwide chaos? Do they matter?
An apostrophe is a funny thing. Just repositioning it can change meaning significantly.