True American History: Lynching, American Terrorists, and Christianity

I struggled with whether I should write this post, but I’ve been continuously hearing about the “barbaric and savage” actions of ISIL, came out of seeing American Sniper to some guys saying, “If they want to give their country to some kids like that, then we should kill ’em…” and some getting upset at President Obama’s comments in which he truthfully pointed out:

“Lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ. … So this is not unique to one group or one religion. There is a tendency in us, a sinful tendency that can pervert and distort our faith.”

Rush Limbaugh, someone who many Christians follow and align their beliefs with rather closely said, “Jim Crow’s not around today.  A thousand years ago, yeah.”

Mike Huckabee and Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Fox, two self-proclaimed Christians, seem to take issue with the president’s comments as well, because he did not condemn Islamic terrorism enough during his speech.

While that’s certainly a conversation for another time, I’m more concerned about the complete ignorance by those who many Christians follow daily. Their position is even more appalling for many African-American Christians and even those who may not profess Christ (see HERE and HERE). Sorry Rush, no “ditto” here, but Jim Crow laws were in full effect until at least 1965. While I’m an old man, that’s less than a decade before I entered into this world, and I’m not a thousand years old.

The question becomes, is Rush that ignorant or does he know that most American’s are ignorant enough not to know their own history, or a combination of the two?

Jesse Washington, seen in the photo below, was murdered in 1916. For the math impaired, that’s only 99 years ago, during the other event we all must study in school called WWI.

 

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In a report just released yesterday by the Equal Justice Initiative, it states:

“EJI researchers documented 3959 racial terror lynchings of African Americans in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia between 1877 and 1950 – at least 700 more lynchings of black people in these states than previously reported in the most comprehensive work done on lynching to date…This was not “frontier justice” carried out by a few marginalized vigilantes or extremists. Instead, many African Americans who were never accused of any crime were tortured and murdered in front of picnicking spectators (including elected officials and prominent citizens) for bumping into a white person, or wearing their military uniforms after World War I, or not using the appropriate title when addressing a white person. People who participated in lynchings were celebrated and acted with impunity. Not a single white person was convicted of murder for lynching a black person in America during this period.” (Emphasis mine) – See HERE

Please read that last sentence again if you wonder why, as late great sports journalist Ralph Wiley wrote the book, Why Black People Tend To Shout. Ralph wrote this when we were shouting about Rodney King (and having so-called honest discussions about race and taking down barriers…remember that?)

Today, we are still shouting about Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, John Crawford and so many more.

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I wrote about going to hear author James Loewen HERE. During the lecture, Loewen presented a similar picture to those below and noted a few points.

#1 – Lynchings were so common, that many were unreported because it just wasn’t news. It was just something American’s practiced. Obviously, Loewen’s statement is backed up by the research above.

#2 – Lynching in America was so common, that Americans were proud. So proud, they took their children to watch, created post cards showing the brutality (who did they send those too?) and even smiled for the camera.

#3 – Lynching, the murder of another human life, was done with no fear of the law. Obviously, when you look at the photos and see that no one covered their face with shame or shielded their kids from seeing such a, dare I say, a barbaric and savage act, done by those who I’m sure also considered it their obligation to be in church on Sunday.

That last point, is President Obama’s point. The symbol of the KKK was and is the cross. Our Savior died on a cross to redeem mankind (John 3:16-17). In the comments below, since we have many sermons by Christian ministers from 100+ years ago, I would appreciate if anyone could list where I can find some messages of those ministers speaking against them using the cross and the other acts of terrorism they perpetrated from the late 1800’s to mid-1900’s.

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I’m serious, because I can find you some African-American ministers who did speak out.

Trust me, if you’re a light-shaded Christian and you’re discussing the President’s remarks with a Christian from a darker people-group, they will likely think of the above, but likely not say anything as we just know this is the cost of “doing business”.

As a father, I protect my kids from many things, but history is not one of them. The last thing I want to raise in my house are children as ignorant as the talking-heads in the media, that feed many of those I work and even go to church with each week.

Take a look at the photos.

Take a look at everything in the photos.

Perhaps the true grotesque image is not the body hanging from that tree, but the smiling face looking at you in the picture.

I’ll leave you with what I always encourage my readers to do. Ask your relatives who were alive what they thought back then, ask what they remember. This history wasn’t a thousand years ago, that history may be sitting next to you on Easter Sunday.

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This Is Why There’s No White Jesus or White Santa Claus In My House

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I am sure some thought I was overreacting and just “playing the race card” when I posted HERE about the History Channel’s remake of The Bible. Those powers that be seemed to make the devil look just like President Obama, but the actor who played Jesus looked handsome and pretty much stayed true to the traditional image of Jesus.

Because you know, we all know exactly what Jesus looked like right? The people here on Fox News know:

I think Jack Wellman at Patheos.com summed it up quite well:

“Time and time again, the New Testament records that Jesus slipped away into the crowds and that the religious officials, when looking for Him, frequently couldn’t find Him?  Why was this so?  Because Jesus must have looked much like any other rabbi of the day with a robe yes, but not with the long hair that we think He wore.  There are dozens of accounts where Jesus simply slipped away and blended into the crowds:

John 5:13 “Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place.” 

Luke 4:30 “but he slipped away through the crowd and left them.”

John 7:11 “The Jews were looking for him at the feast, and saying, “Where is he?”

John 11:56 “They were looking for Jesus and saying to one another as they stood in the temple, “What do you think? That he will not come to the feast at all?”

If Jesus had a long, white flowing robe and He had long hair, He would have been easy to spot, since historical accounts show that the Jews in Jesus’ day had short hair. He likely had a beard but so did many of the Jewish men in that day.   There is every indication that Jesus was hard to pick out of a crowd but when He wanted to be seen, He was able to make Himself visible.”

Now, I’ve had many conversations with non-Christians and fellow Christians about the importance of images, including the portrayal of Jesus as a long blond-haired effeminate white male. The common retort is, “Well, it really doesn’t matter and it’s not a big deal.” To which my response is, “If it’s not a big deal, why have I never seen any other image of Jesus in white churches, at white-church Christmas plays, or in movies/TV shows?” Even Mel Gibson, who received all types of accolades for his historically accurate portrayal of the final days of Christ’s life in the Passion Of The Christ, made sure that Jesus still had a European look, despite the fact that other biblical characters did have North African facial features (I guess we should be happy for small steps).

So if it doesn’t matter, why does is this image still being persistently used by people who claim to be champions of the truth? My point is, if it doesn’t matter, then every Christmas play, Christmas/Jesus movie, etc. should reflect the population that it’s trying to reach. The fact is, that it does not, because if you’re at a black Christmas play and they had a black-Jesus, the first thing most people would think is, “That’s not Jesus!”

Really?

Oh, and don’t get me started on so-called  Santa Claus. If you want to say that Saint Nicholas was “white”, go ahead. Just remember that Ole Saint Nick was born a Greek in the 3rd century, near the Mediterranean sea. So he likely had a skin color that was much darker than this:

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So does it matter? I don’t know. It surely seems to matter to Megyn Kelly of Fox (and the others that sat there and didn’t challenge her statement). So it matters so much that people think you’re being PC and get upset if you say Jesus and that fictional character are upholding a standard of white beauty and not accurate history, then yes, it matters.

I’m just glad somebody was stupid enough to say as much on national TV.

Maybe I just have a problem. Too much Good Times when I was younger has changed my way of thinking…

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