Last week the following image was posted on my FB page; along with 79,873 shares, and 696 comments. There were a few negative comments, but the vast majority were positive, commending Deric Muhammad for his logic in creative imagery. Please read!
Let’s begin. Mr Muhammad uses three primary creative methods to establish his facts:
a.Number of people who actually died
All three methods are ingeniously designed to create a “WOW” effect on the reader.
a)The list in horizontal format creates an image of length inspiring thoughts like: “WOW…so many Blacks dead!”; or “WOW, how many more Blacks will police murder?!”
b)The inclusion of individual names creates faces of people lending to personal thoughts like: “WOW…am I next?” or “WOW…how do I warn my son!”
c)However, the greatest effect is the visual image of the words in a rap format; with special emphasis on the repetition of the phrase: “We can’t…”—all wonderfully highlight Mr Muhammad’s points! The emotion of his interpretation is very well presented!
When one is finished reading Mr Muhammad’s masterpiece, thoughts like: “WOW…it’s us against Whites!”, or “WOW…America is soooo racist!” or “WOW…I’m becoming more angry by the day” are eclipsed only by the most horrible feelings of overwhelming discouragement, and irresistible hopelessness* that: after 400 years in America--“WE CAN’T”…do nothing!**
On the contrary, the Bible declares: Take heed therefore that the light which is in you be not darkness (Lu11:35). This verse teaches that instead of understanding by light/truth/right(God’s word), it is possible to understand by darkness/lies/wrong…leading to evil. In other words, one can be fully convinced: “I am right!”…yet be totally wrong!
Now, let’s examine Mr Muhammad’s interpretations of contemporary events. Mr Muhammad uses facts, then interprets his facts. Yet, as we will see, he interprets his facts through his worldview, which in my opinion, is a darkness of Luke11:35. As I cited in my last tidbit, interpretation comes through worldview, which is created by one’s view of God!
1.Because a fact is true, does not mean the interpretation of that fact is true. Take as an example any one of Mr M’s statements: “We can’t drive cars (Sandra Bland)”. First, because all the names on the list are of Black people, the word “We” refers to Black people. Mr M uses Sandra Bland as specific evidence for his general assertion of what Blacks can’t do because we will be killed. Of course, the assumed perpetrator murdering Blacks is not only the police, but White people***.
Back to Ms Bland. If Mr M’s interpretation of Ms Bland’s death had even the slightest inkling of truth, there would be no Black people driving cars in America! Even if it were true that Ms Bland was murdered by police/Whites while driving, to extrapolate that to the nation; to all police; or to all White people, is uniquely preposterous! As a Black man, not only do I drive, and I’m obviously still alive; I see Blacks driving every day, and none of them are killed! Remember, Mr M, used “We”—which means Black people!
2.Let’s look at letter a above: the numbers. All the Black people listed above, according to Mr M, are evidence that Blacks are under attack by police or White people. As I said, the FACT of the large number on his list is overwhelming to the reader, creating a “WOW”, which leads to an interpretation of that FACT; which Mr. M’s declares to be that police or White people are killing Black people…by the multitudes! The problem is that that interpretation is blatantly false!!! From the most recent year – 2015—of police shootings as recorded by the liberal Washington Post, more Whites are killed by police than Blacks: 495 Whites; 258 Blacks; 172 Hispanics!
In other words, the long list of the numbers of Blacks recorded by Mr M. dwindles in its power to “WOW” when placed along side of police shootings of other ethnicities! Furthermore, the “WOW” capacity continues into free-fall when compared to the top 7 ways Blacks die!
3.Letter b; the individual names listed by Mr M., are intended to emphasize the fact that not only are Blacks targeted, but Blacks you know personally, i.e. your husband, son, male class mate, friend---could be killed by police…at any moment!!
There are many ways to disprove this lie, but I will use some of the newest evidence. One of the latest Blacks shot and killed by police is Keith Lamont Scott, which triggered several days of riots in Charlotte, North Carolina. However, what I find absolutely fascinating is that the very same day (9/20/16) the Black man Keith Lamont Scott was killed by police, ‘five’ White men were also killed! Thomas Tucker; Sandy Joe Duke, Michael Goodale, Charles Dove, and Joshua Scott. Please check me out!! Yet, the liberal media gave no attention to the 5 Whites---only the 1 Black! Any honest person must ask…Why! My interpretation of this fact is, like Mr Muhammad, liberalism purposefully intends to ramp-up Black anger! (Rom1:18NAS)
4.The next error I need to expose from Mr M., I call the ‘We myth’. As I wrote earlier, the “We” of “We can’t…” refers to Black people. One of the erroneous assumptions in the use of “We”, is that Blacks fail or succeed as a group! This myth is foundational to Mr M’s entire “We can’t...” poem! The problem is that success begins individually! Races or people groups do not succeed as groups. This is a liberal, Socialist lie imposed upon Blacks to…once again…stoke animosity in Black people! I repeat, people succeed first as individuals. Yet, Mr M., uses an individual circumstance as evidence to establish group behavior: “We can’t walk outside (Rekia Boyd)”.**** No…no…no---Mr M---your deception is exposed!
5.Last but not least, the greatest evidence of the darkness of Mr Muhammad’s interpretation is the Word of God!! Repeatedly…over and over again…with creative ingenious…Mr Muhammad declares: “WE CAN’T…!” In other words, “BLACKS CAN’T…!”
On the contrary, God says,
-I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! –Phil.4:13
-Jesus said, If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes. –Mk9:23*****
Simply…whose report will you believe?!?! Mr Muhammad’s or God’s?
In conclusion, Mr Muhammad, Mr Kaepernick and all his followers, interpret life through the color of their skin, i.e. idolatry, rather than through the Word of God! Tragically, like White racism, Black racism also creates deception! “…Let God be true and every man a liar…” (Rom3:4).
After decades of increasing, positive race relations in America, the recent rise of racism--willfully created by liberalism—can only be countered by a heavy dose of God’s Word:
“All humans are created in God’s image and likeness”
The late, great psalmist Andre Crouch wrote, “Jesus is the answer for the world today, above Him there’s no other, Jesus is the Way!”
*The creation of these feelings is Mr Muhammad’s objective!
**If you read the comments of FB, many people were so inspired, they added to the list of things “We can’t…” do!
***If you disagree, just look through the responses of Blacks who take offense at those who disagree with Mr M. On the contrary, both Black and White responses are unified in their understanding that the tone of Mr M. is against not only the police…but White people!
****I see Blacks walking outside daily!!!
*****1Cor15:57;1Jn5:4,5; Eph3:20; Ps37:4; Ps34:7; Ps91
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., was born this day, March 8, 1841. Serving on the Supreme Court over 30 years, on his 90th birthday, March 8, 1931: "Young man, the secret of my success is that at an early age I discovered I was not God."