Friday, December 5, 2014
Sin Grows With Doing Good “Sin grows with doing good,” wrote T.S. Eliot, a major twentieth century poet who was born in Missouri, home to the City of Ferguson. “My conscience is clear,” said Darren Wilson, the Ferguson cop, after the grand jury verdict and before resigning with full benefits. “I did not mean to hurt Mr. Garner,” said Daniel Pantaleo, the New York cop, after the grand jury verdict and while remaining on job with full benefits. Both cops firmly believed they were doing good. Both juries believed Michael Brown and Eric Garner were wrong. A large number of Americans, mostly colored, agrees with T. S. Eliot. They believe the cops sinned thinking they are doing good. It may take decades to learn who is right and who is not. In the interim, America must ask itself: · How could and for how long will white cops keep killing black and brown unarmed men and children? · What makes juries vindicate killer cops? · Why does the nation prefer to remain in slumber? · Who will wake the nation? · When will America begin to see itself from the eyes of a widow or a wailing mother? Unless we seek answers to these questions, sin will keep growing. The bullets and the chokeholds will kill more black and brown men and children and sin will keep growing. Priests will keep preaching. Pundits will keep barking. Politicians will keep pacifying and sin will keep growing. There is a way however to stop America from sinning. America’s redemption lies in the words of a black man, spoken nearly five decades ago … “We must rapidly begin the shift from a “thing-oriented” society to a “person-oriented” society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.” Let us become a person-centered society where “all” persons are valued and respected. Else prepare for the day when the wretched of the earth shall rise against the sinners!