“These letters were signed in the name of King Xerxes, sealed with his ring, and sent by messengers into all the provinces of the empire. The letters decreed that all Jews—young and old, including women and children—must be killed, slaughtered, and annihilated on a single day. This was scheduled to happen nearly a year later on March 7. The property of the Jews would be given to those who killed them.”
Ester 3:12b-13 NLT
Genocide is defined as the deliberate and systematic extermination of a national, racial, political, or cultural group.
It is time for black people to assess what those in the majority in America are doing to us as a people. I am speaking of those in power, who right laws, who determine the distribution of wealth, healthcare and services. What is the ultimate result of what they do whether intended or unintended? What is the result of systemic racism?
James Baldwin provides the answer. He said:
“Genocide is the logical conclusion of racism.”
This explains the hatred, discrimination, prejudice, white supremacist, MAGA, mass incarceration, redlining, substandard housing, police brutality, calling it socialism to demand adequate health care as a right, the continued unfair discipline of black students in public schools, being left out of the history of a nation we built, gerrymandering, the killing of unarmed black people by police, the maternal health disparities experienced by black women, white evangelicals aligning themselves with #45, and the lack of a national cohesive plan to fight COVID-19. The logical conclusion is genocide.
Prayer: Oh Lord God save us from the deliberate and systematic extermination of black people in America. Raise up a Mordecai to uncover this evil. Raise up an Esther who has the position and ear of power to speak convicting truth to power. Protect us Oh God! Amen.
© 2020 Dr. John Ogletree – Houston, TX