Almost daily I check a website called Snopes, which investigates and debunks urban legends. One of the latest entries is a good example — among a great many others — that racism is still an ugly reality even today. The story making the rounds is that after Hurricane Sandy, a Black woman was asked the effects of having so many churches ruined by the storm. She answered that it didn’t matter much because she buys her fried chicken at Popeye’s.
It’s an old story that is renewed after most disasters and remains untrue no matter which disaster gives rise to the tale. The latest rendition, however, is especially distasteful. After the very tacky attempt to make Black people look stupid, these lines are appended:
They live among us, AND THEY VOTE. Now, do you understand how we got our president?
I hope that in all our future elections I never vote for a politician this fellow likes. He is more than stupid: he is hateful. How very unlike our Creator!
The rule of thumb is simple: Those whose characters are marked by hate are enemies of Jesus Christ. Very simple.
I’m so glad we live in a country where all have freedom of speech but I am also very sad that there are so very many people — like the ones who tell the story and add such horrible lines — who abuse the freedom. President Bush used to say the terrorists hate our freedom but the truth, as Eugene Peterson points out, is that they hate what we do with our freedom. That’s a very different matter.