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Opinion / Religion - September 28,  2020

Mike's World View by Mike Henry

The O.J. Simpson trial and verdict years ago was a real eye-opener for me. How could 12 fair-minded, clear thinking jurors find this man innocent of a vicious double homicide? And why did so many blacks (not all) cheer the verdict? The obvious answer is that they carry such deep-seated anger and resentment that it effects how they see any conflict involving black and white. Justice is impossible with people who carry such a strong bias.
All African-Americans, or any other minority for that matter can tell you of times when they experienced discrimination, whether real or imagined. But then we all do, at the very least, face difficult people who try to put us down. The question is, how do we respond? Do we play the victim, and become bitter, angry, and vengeful toward others, or do we overlook it and take advantage of the opportunities before us to advance and become successful?
Obviously the latter is the best course of action to take. Some have the fortitude to accomplish that on their own, but I think itís far better when you have the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ to help. Then we can truly forgive people and go on unencumbered to greater things without that ugly bias.
We are all jurors in the court of like. May God help us to drop all prejudices and treat everyone equally and fairly irrespective of status or race. I believe that in everyone of these incidences that have triggered racial unrest, you could switch skin color between cop and suspect and I would conclude the same thing. Thatís being fair. Can you say the same?
Blacks and whites who think that they are justified in harassing people, looting and burning innocent businesses only hurt their cause and play into an ugly stereo-type. Where are the black leaders to rebuke and correct them?

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