It is a sad fact of life that racism still exists in this country and the chances are that we have all either seen or experienced it at some point in time. Unfortunately, racism is not going to go away quickly.
However, that does not mean there is nothing we can do about it. No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion.
Which suggests that people learn to hate, not from a classroom setting, but by what they see and what they hear. And if people can learn hate, they can be taught Love!
Love comes from God. It is going to take God in individual’s to reform racism. Racism is not just about Black and white; it is much deeper than that. It could be that someone is Asian or Hispanic or maybe it could be ignoring the new member in your group whose skin color is different. The problem is, we have to admit that this ugly ism is real.
There are some white Americans who are hesitant to admit, even though they see racism, they hear racism, they are around racism and usually respond that they are not racist, but they stay silent to the very problem.
What an unfortunate and tragic murder of George Floyd, where we all seen an act of blatant racism and an unarmed Black man, Ahmaud Arbery, jogging in the wrong neighborhood, murdered by three white supremacists. Then a white woman in Central Park was asked to follow the rules by a Black man, Christian Copper, and because he was Black, she called 911 and said a Black man was threatening her life. And because all these tragic acts of racism were caught on camera it caused a movement all over this nation and the world that Black Lives Matter.
I am encouraged by the movement, but more so from the diversity of people. Black people, white people, Hispanic people and Asian people not being silent but protesting about equality and justice. So, the reality is, We Are Better Together. If you are around racism and if you see it or hear it, please Do Not Be Silent. Speak out for justice and equality.
I am very honored to be a board member with OJPM. And being that I am a Black African American we need your help. We need your voice and your support need to be seen. Not just when there is a tragic death of a Black man, but whenever we witness injustice in our own cultures and neighborhoods. Let us make this a better world, a better nation and a better state to live in by working together to do away with racism.
Having this dialogue on such a sensitive subject is a giant step in the right direction. Let us ask God to help us on what we can do individually as part of the OJPM family to be more open about this problem.
Thank you for allowing me this opportunity to talk on this sensitive matter, racism.
Kenneth Sherrill Sr.
Pastor, Greater New Zion Baptist Church
Volunteer chaplain, Oklahoma County Jail
OJPM Board member