Churches have the power and responsibility to address institutional racism by transforming the minds of African-American communities.
A black man dresses in a Ku Klux Klan robe and stands on a corner in Center City, Philadelphia holding a sign? He must have been out of his mind. Actually, the man, Sixx King, was absolutely on point and this black man applauds him. King used a provocative symbolism to draw attention to the tragedy of young black males killing each other.
"We're bringing awareness to the black hypocrisy, complacency and apathy in the African-American community," King, 35, told the news media. His sign read that the KKK killed 3,446 blacks in 86 years, but black on black murders eclipses that number every six months. More than 7,000 blacks were killed in 2011, according the FBI.
Reaction to King has been predictable. Many agree, while others have expressed outrage. Someone reportedly suggested that he be jailed. This is the challenge when you provoke people to think differently about the root of the problem - institutional racism and how we respond.
I can hear you crying, "Throwing the race card, again? Take responsibility for your actions!" But here's an anology to ponder: If you put a loaf of bread inside of a warm, dark moist place, what will happen to it? You'll get mold. It doesn't matter if it's white bread or brown bread. Because they are both wheat, mold will grow.
Black men murdering each other is one of the "molds" of institutional racism. It's not just a black problem, it's an American problem. Carter G. Woodson wrote about this in The Mis-Education of the Negro: "If you make a man feel that he is inferior, you do not have to compel him to accept an inferior status, for he will seek it himself."
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