Benjamin L. Corey

Benjamin L. Corey

BLC is an author, speaker, scholar, and global traveler, who holds graduate degrees in Theology & Intercultural Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and received his doctorate in Intercultural Studies from Fuller. He is the author of Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus, and Unafraid: Moving Beyond Fear-Based Faith.

When We’ll Finally Care About Michael Brown

michael brownIn a news cycle that has been absolutely overrun by sadness and death lately, there’s one death that absolutely, positively, must not be overlooked: the death of an 18-year-old named Michael Brown. Brown was recently walking down the sidewalk chatting with a friend when he was abruptly executed by police in the streets– in full view of witnesses.

There was no firefight. No obvious cause according to eye witnesses. Instead, Brown (completely unarmed) was shot not once, but multiple times by a white police officer while standing with his arms up in the air.

Michael was a kid excited about his future. Last week he was preparing to go to Vatterott College, but today, both he and that dream are dead. Like so many others needlessly killed (who strangely enough match his skin color), his death was a senseless death at the hands of a white police officer. I wish I could say this kind of thing was a rare event– but it’s not. Sadly, I see it happening all the time. Just a few weeks ago it was a man named Eric Garner who was hassled by police after Garner broke up a fight between two other individuals. When police tried to arrest him for supposedly selling non-taxed cigarettes, Garner protested. The police response? They chocked him to death right on the sidewalk in plain view of the community– and on camera! I’ve seen Garner being killed with my own eyes.

Police brutality in America is a situation that’s out of control, but one many are unaware of because it generally doesn’t affect “us”. However, if you follow a page like Cop Block, your eyes will be opened to the daily barrage of police brutality and abuse of authority.

Racial minorities typically bear the brunt of it.

Furthermore, it’s not simply an issue of escalating police-on-citizen violence– the entire system and culture attached to it is rotten from the inside out. We live in a world where white children can go down the street and play at the playground just fine, but if racial minorities do the same thing, they’re viewed with suspicion.

White kids can dress however they want, and they’re just kids. If black kids wear a hoodie, they’re considered to be up to no good and can be shot for no reason.

Let’s not even talk about incarceration statistics, because you can probably guess which kid is most likely to end up in jail.

The question for me becomes, when will we finally care about Michael Brown and all of the others like him?

I think the caring will come soon, but for all the wrong reasons. The violent and racist system that destroys the lives of children of color on a daily basis is about to start impacting conservative, white families.

You see, for the last 15-20 years, a compelling number of conservative, white families have been joining the international adoption movement. As a result, there are now many white parents who are completely oblivious (raising children of color as if they are white) to the fact that their children of color are about to be confronted with a system that is stacked against them and doesn’t care that their parents are white. The true outrage will come when it is black children of white parents who are hassled by police, shot in the street by those who supposedly “protect and serve”, or who are legally shot under stand-your-ground laws for wearing a sweatshirt that makes someone “feel unsafe”. Only then will they realize that instead of what our parents taught us (“police are your friends and are there to help you”), isn’t the best thing to teach children of color. In the non-white world, there’s a very, very different discussion to be had with children regarding interacting with police, how you dress, or who you walk down the street with. Many of my white friends would think I were crazy for teaching my daughter what I teach her about police– but this is reality and what raising children of color looks like.

We have a broken system and a broken culture… and to be perfectly honest, I’m not entirely sure how we’ll fix it. However, I do know this: we can’t fix a problem that we’re unaware of, or deliberately ignore in order to make ourselves feel more comfortable.

I fear that awareness of the system and determination to fight the systemic injustices will only come when Michael Brown has a white mom.

When that day comes it will be the right outrage, but for all the wrong reasons.

I pray such a day will come sooner, because not one more Michael Brown should have his life snuffed out before his time.

 

Join the discussion on Facebook & in the comments below:

Books from BLC:

It's not the end of the world, but it's pretty #@&% close. Trump's America & Franklin Graham's Christianity must be resisted.

Join the resistance: Subscribe for posts and updates from BLC!

Subscribe to posts & updates from BLC!

Benjamin L. Corey

BLC is a cultural anthropologist, public theologian, writer, speaker, global traveler, and tattoo collector. He is a two-time graduate of Gordon-Conwell with graduate degrees in Theology & Intercultural Studies, and went on to receive his doctorate in Intercultural Studies from Fuller. He is the author of Unafraid: Moving Beyond Fear-Based Faith, and Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus. In addition to his blog, Formerly Fundie, his work has been regularly featured by a wide array of media outlets such as TIME magazine and CNN, among others.

BLC

Benjamin L. Corey

BLC is a cultural anthropologist, public theologian, writer, speaker, global traveler, and tattoo collector. He is a two-time graduate of Gordon-Conwell with graduate degrees in Theology & Intercultural Studies, and went on to receive his doctorate in Intercultural Studies from Fuller. He is the author of Unafraid: Moving Beyond Fear-Based Faith, and Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus. In addition to his blog, Formerly Fundie, his work has been regularly featured by a wide array of media outlets such as TIME magazine and CNN, among others.

Maybe it's not the end of the world...

Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds

But let's be honest-- this is pretty #$@%! close.

Trump's America
&
Franklin Graham's Christianity must be resisted.

Join the fight: Subscribe to new posts and updates from BLC:

It might not be the end of the world...

But let's be honest-- this is pretty #$@%! close.

What People have to Say about blc

Testimonials

That Mean the Most


"Benjamin L. Corey demonstrates a profound misunderstanding of the Gospel." - 12/14/2014
Robert Jeffress
Director of Idolatry for President Donald J. Trump
"Benjamin L Corey is a supposed professional writer?? I shake my head!!!"
- 3/22/2017
Ken Ham
Boat Enthusiast & Animal Lover
John Hagee
Astrologer & Believer in "You Say it Best When You Say Nothin' At All"
What you think

Post Comments:

>