Can America help protect black people?

by Jeff Lightsy Jr.

Before I begin this story I would like to send my thoughts and prayers out to any and every individual who was impacted by the events that occurred in Charleston, South Carolina on the night of June 17, 2015. I can’t even imagine the pain that you all are going through right now. What I can describe is the pain that our race is going through collectively. This tragic event affects those in Charleston the most of course, but it also affects blacks across this country. It leaves us asking the questions, ” What must we do to be safe in America?” Or even better, “Can America protect us?”

Charleston ShootingIf you grow up black in America you know that racism is still prevalent. Recently the struggle between black Americans and police officers have been highlighted.. Those encounters have left us thinking that we can’t even  trust the people whose sole job is to protect and serve. Now, being a black person in South Carolina you are being slaughtered by white American citizens. Lets not forget South Carolina is the same state that Walter Scott was slain by a police officer while unarmed.

ripIt is one thing to be racist against a group of people. It is another thing to go into their place of worship, partake in prayer with them for over an hour, and to then kill them simply because they are black. This is exactly what the suspect Dylan Roof did. Just as a black man in America the question is raised all the time why our people seem angry and upset. When people like Dylan Roof exist this is exactly why. These “hate crimes” happen way to often to black people in America. We just don’t call it a hate crime when it involves a police officer, but it’s exactly that. As people we just want justice and to know that this country, the one we all claim is the greatest in the world can actually protect us from our oppressor.

Jeff Lightsy Jr is a Junior Broadcasting Major at Western Kentucky University. You can contact me through email: , TwitterYoutube, or Facebook.



2 thoughts on “Can America help protect black people?

  1. Jeff, what you are saying is very valid. I agree. What can a reasonable African-Ameican feel, but a sense of outrage and injustice. It isn’t fair, and it isn’t right. All I can say is we need to pray as a nation. We need to pray that justice is done. We need to pray that the ugliness, the shame, and yes, the ungodliness of racism is called out. Those white Americans who are so outraged at legally sanctioned abortion and homosexuality, which do violate God’s laws, need to be equally outraged at the ugliness and sin of of racism. Yes, white Christian America, it is a sin to hate your brother, who is created in the image of God, just because he does not look like you. You condemn the Taliban and ISIS as being terrorist. Isn’t what has been happening to our black men in America, at the hands of the police, terrorism? Isn’t what Dylan Roof did an act of terrorism? White America, where is your outrage? Where is your sense of justice?


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