December 27th, 2005 08:29 EST
Two Years Later, and Still No Justice
December 2003. Yet another unarmed black man is shot by a sheriff`s deputy with a "tricky trigger finger` excuse and the debate rages on about whether or not the gun would have been in the officer`s hand at all had it been a car full of young white men. "
Ever since the incident of that pre-Christmas night, the supporters of Officer David Glisson have been calling for healing " and peace " in the small west Georgia community. Healing and peace in times like these can be trying, even after all the information and facts are released. What happened before the facts were released is a matter for America to take a long hard look at and ask what is the binding lesson that the entire nation can learn about racial profiling and how it affects the greater common good.
Several conclusions were foregone before all the facts of this one unnecessary killing were in place:
1) Racial profiling is a sad fact the United States of America.
2) There are far too many incidences of this nature that seem to be peculiar to minorities, particularly young Black men.
3) Police officers and deputies are consistently viewed as the victims " in these circumstances and are allowed to walk away as if the life of the beaten and/or deceased victim was of non-significance.
4) It is the open-ended opinion of many whites that black males are the root cause of the vast majority of crimes in America, " therefore, the other three foregone conclusions are nationalistically justified.
Living as a spiritually believing Afrimerican leaves room for even deeper questions, such as How do I as a citizen, and as a believer in the righteousness of God react or respond when things like this happen? " and How can this kind of killing by officers sworn to uphold the law and who consistently break it help shine a light on a clouded road toward healing and reconciliation in an already-racially-polarized America? "
The answer lies in the life, times, and death of Jesus Christ Himself. Jesus had committed no crime worthy of death, yet He was killed, murdered like a common criminal on a cross, for being who He was simply because his accusers didn`t believe it when He told them who He was and why He was there. Enraged for what they believed to be crimes against the king and the sensibilities of reigning leadership, He was labeled a suspect " and given a bogus trial date and time at off-hours because the crowd, " (the public) for the most part, had already decided what was to become of Him.
Maybe the Lord Jehovah God is finally sick and tired of the events and the complacency of the American justice system in these matters, and has set forth the exemplary life of one Kenneth B Walker -- indicted, tried, convicted, and sentenced to death by the fell shot of one police officer -- to lead the way to justice across the nation. Kenneth B Walker`s voice cries to us from the dust of the ground to which he returned after living one socially responsible life and having it taken away from him in a moment of conclusion-jumping that should never have happened. His murderer remains "at-large` with the legal permission of the county of Muscogee in the west center of the state of Georgia. The work cannot be left undone.
Then the Lord said to Cain, Where is Abel, your brother? " And he said, I do not know. Am I my brother`s keeper? " And He said, What have you done? The voice of your brother`s blood is crying to Me from the ground. " -- Genesis 4:9-10. In an encouragement of faith and a call to action, it can be noted that the deepening chasm of racial polarization in America can be resolved only one way: Through true justice, God`s way; especially once it becomes clear that the law of the land, " man`s way, does not always work as it should.