It's sad. To be clear, I mean that – it's really sad. Sad that in these moments of national consciousness, when real issues could be addressed and dealt with, when there exists for a brief moment a striking willingness to lower our guards, see each other as humans, and move towards something positive, it's always wasted.
Actually, sad isn't the word. Maddening is a better one – at least for those of us who want to see a better world. It's maddening that in these moments, those of us who come from different cultural lenses but a shared sense of humanity are drummed into silence and eventually driven into defensive crouches by the co-opting of the moment by the most extreme, most ridiculous, most unserious voices among us.
Black lives do matter, and the shared experiences of many black Americans whose lives are uniquely challenged compared those of white Americans should be heard and addressed. I want to champion that truth, and I know that among my fellow conservatives and Christians I am far from alone.
No person with a conscience wants black mothers having to worry about their child making it to school each day because their neighborhood is over-run with crime and gang violence.
No person with a conscience wants 1,000 George Floyd encounters every day happening under the veil of moral choice at abortion clinics exploiting scared black women in the inner cities for profit.
No person with a conscience wants a law-abiding, young black male feeling a sense of fear or dread when he sees a police car behind him.
There are real solutions that we could find, like the ones I wrote about here. But instead, those things are drown out by absurd demands to cancel Paw Patrol…
…and Cracker Barrel:
That's why I am adamant that this time we make sure we remember. Everyone of conscience, who like me believes that black lives do matter and black experiences are worthy of consideration, must remember that when nothing productive changes, and we end up here again in 3 months, 6 months, or 12, we will remember whose fault it was. We have to collectively shame the radicals for sucking the wind out of any legitimate sails of change if we want our culture's slippery treads to gain traction on this loose soil of race relations.
That means next time we will refuse retweets of exploitative charlatans who say indefensible things like Chance the Rapper for posting inflammatory and offensively ignorant takes like this to drive people of faith from taking legitimate concerns seriously:
Next time we will ignore pampered and privileged elitists like Natalie Portman and John Legend when they use their immense platforms to promote provocatively ludicrous ideas like "defund the police," rather than legitimate ideas that would help. We will remind one another that their privilege allows them to sleep under the blanket of protection provided by their own armed security police – the very thing they would deny to poor citizens who can't afford the same – and thus their grandstanding will gain no quarter in our collective conscience.
And yes, it means we will refuse to allow those like Colin Kaepernick, for whom this crusade has become a lucrative scam for his own personal enrichment, to foment violence that ruins the lives of the very people he offensively claims to defend – precisely what he has done this time:
Don't miss how vile of a statement this is. It is an explicit call to physical, not intellectual, revolution. He means violence. The only reason "cries for peace will rain down" is because of the existence of "non-peace" (aka, violence) in the streets. He confirms that in the very next sentence.
And let's note precisely what that violence Kaepernick celebrates accomplished.
It destroyed black inner cities. It destroyed their homes, it destroyed their businesses, it destroyed their livelihoods, and in many cases it resulted in the death of innocent black people.
That's what Colin Kaepernick championed, that's what he applauded. That's the "leadership" he, and his shameless corporate enablers at Nike and ESPN, offer: increased misery for people of color.
At some point, reality must set in for a majority of our citizens that the true obstacle to legitimate, meaningful, productive change is the clown car of activists that roll up every time a crisis occurs to launch virtue-signaling bombs of inanity, all to draw attention away from solutions and onto themselves. We can do better. We must do better. Because black lives must matter to us.