What Crime Is This?

The shooting of Trayvon Martin continues to capture national interest. At least, the minorities I know are fully engaged and interested. Most folks like me (including me), not so much.

I want to tread carefully here. In America, we treat people as innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. I was in Durham, NC in March of 2006 when accusations of rape and racism against members of Duke’s lacrosse team made national headlines. Treating those charged as though they were guilty did not end well for the D.A. Facts changed the initial perceptions.

Having said that, there is a real, pervasive, and continuing problem of racism in our country.

A member of the Fuller Seminary community was recently accosted and injured fairly badly by police, apparently for the crime of walking down the street while black.

This should not be.

And, so, in solidarity with black Americans, who apparently must continue to live in fear that merely the color of their skin will make them objects of violence, I am taking up the theme of the “million hoodie march” and changing my online profile pictures to this:

I cannot be in New York or Philadelphia for a million hoodie march, but I can show my little corner of the world that I stand against the evil of racial hatred and the violence that comes from profiling.

Whatever the precise facts of this case, all injustice is an affront to God; and all hatred based on race is an affront to the God who makes each ethnicity and race uniquely beautiful.

8 thoughts on “What Crime Is This?”

  1. Thank you Daniel for sharing this with us. My heart hurts for all the racism that still exists in our country. As you wrote, we don’t know all the details of this case, but yes,” all injustice is an affront to God.”

  2. Racism is certainly a part of the problem, and so is the notion that the forces of Law and Order can do whatever they they need to do … Randy Balko has a continual stream of this kind of misuse of “official” force at TheAgitator.com. Seems to me the militarization of Law and Order follows the absolute-enemy stance in our recent wars.

    I think the root problem is that people perceive an absolute right to self-defense. Whereas Christianity demands sacrifice, including sacrifice of personal safety. Meaning not only jumping into the raging river to save the drowning child, but suffering the presence of strangers.

  3. Well said J.R. If I had any amount of 21st century technical skill, I’d have a photo of me and my hoodie on here too. Though we don’t supposedly have all the facts yet, what I have heard at this point in time is leading me to believe that the shooting should never have occured. Since i’m a new poster here and to the blogging world in general, I fear I may say something wrong or be misunderstood, but as I said, given what I heard with the 911 tapes and other “facts” presented on the news, it seems to me, that there is no valid reason this young man died.
    As Marshall said in the post before me, he uses the terms “Law and Order” and “official force”. My concern is does the shooter fall into either of those categories? I never thought of a neighborhood crime watch as falling into either category.
    Thank you again, for allowing me to participate in your discussions. Peace and love to us all.

  4. @ Bo Sanders and J.R. were you referring to my post or something else when you wrote “I’m with you, and Yes thanks, Bo” Peace my friends.

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