Order the Flags at Half Staff, Mr. President


Order the flags at half-staff, Mr. President. Not just for Sam DuBose, executed by a University of Cincinnati police officer and then supported in lies by fellow officers, but for our nation. We are lost.

Even when an officer’s body camera shows us his execution of an unarmed Black man, an entire chorus of White folk rush to defend the murderer.  Perhaps this is simply the real world where governments arm agents who in turn kill citizens and then pronounce in Orwellian-speak their lies for why they had to do it.  Okay.  So we have a government and tens of thousands of local governments that arm their deputies and a substantial number of White Americans will never indict or convict an officer who claims to murder in the name of God, safety and country.  Wickedness is pervasive.  But Christians and other persons of faith and good will ought to raise their voices in times like these and demand an account and justice.  This too is apparently too much to ask or conceive as a possibility.  At least quit singing “God bless America” at your stadiums.

Guns are a scourge in this nation. Wielded by officers, brigands, gang members and children who find them unlocked in their parent’s bedroom, we are reaping a whirlwind.  It is particularly heinous, however, when an agent of the government charged with keeping the peace and protecting all of us, murders a citizen.  African-American men are 21 times more likely to lose their lives at the hands of police than their white counterparts, according to Attorney and President of the NAACP, Cornell William Brooks.  I pray that the Church might find its voice and say “enough.”    Let us say then and not tire of saying it, Justice!  Justice for Sam Dubose.  

Shame, shame, shame on the complicit, the silent and the perpetrators.