Are You Kidding Me?

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The premature death of any human being, born or unborn, sick or elderly, is always a tragic death.

With that being said, I think I need to speak to personal responsibility.

Last week I wrote a blog about all the protesting going on around our country over the deaths of three Black men, Michael Brown in Missouri, Eric Garner in New York, and Trayvon Martin in Florida. In that blog I included a video (see below) of Minister Johnathan Gentry who is calling for the Black community to change and take some personal responsibility.

Over the weekend I saw a picture, (the one posted here) and I just couldn’t believe what some people are saying and thinking. Unapologetically: If your son is robbing stores then you have to be prepared for anything. I’m not saying that robbers, of any ethnicity, should be killed but what I am saying is that nobody should be robbing stores in the first place.

Proverbs 22:6 addresses this:
Train up a child in the way he should go. And when he is old he will not depart from it.

Children and young adults must be trained to respect proper authority, and to discern trouble and how to avoid it.

As Minister Gentry so aptly articulates it, we as human beings have to learn to take personal responsibility for our actions. We should be in charge of our own actions which sometimes may lead to more dire consequences when we are not wise.

Consequently, if you rob stores, or do anything unlawful, it’s foreseeable that those actions may lead to involvement with the police. As we can see, those actions can lead to death.

So young people, if you don’t want your mother to FEAR that you might die every time you rob a store, DON’T ROB A STORE.

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4 Responses to “Are You Kidding Me?”

  1. Glen says:

    As always, you are spot on. Thank you for your wisdom that you share with us.

  2. Jeff says:

    Dr King,

    First I am impressed with what you have to say between the blacks and America. I am white and loved what you had to say I wish I could speak to you directly I really want to make things better. I am a professional and have man black friends in Detroit. Not because I am politically correct but because I love them to be my friend. I want to help you in whatever way I can help. The blacks have been a slave to our society and that is not right, just saying a Democratic thing to stay in power. I see a world where we all have a chance to prosper and I think that would be a great thing. Let me know what you think

  3. Dr. Virginia Ramos-Smith says:

    I wish this video clip could be put on every TV station nationwide, just like a State of the Union Address. Spoken clearly & from the heart. Powerful & eye-opening to ALL. I am a Puerto Rican & we play the same minority victim roles spoken of here. I am 1 of 11 non-English speaking kids from the Bronx & born in Spanish Harlem. Change started w/me. I finished school & worked myself out of the hood. I am not gifted & talented, but driven & proud! I have 2 MAs, teaching & administrative credentials & a Doctorate. There were no short cuts or affirmative actions Change will come when we start the process. Thank you for being the voice for so many!

  4. Esther Davis says:

    Most of this is on target.
    I agree about Michael Brown, but not about Eric Garner. I have no idea why Eric Garner’s killers are not charged with anything, since the medical examiners said they should be in jail.
    It could be racism, it could be bias in favor of police. It could be whatever, but it was wrong.
    I also agree that nobody should be robbing store. I’ve been poor all my life and am poor now, but I have never robbed a store or anyone/anything else.

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