In an article Why the Supreme Court Said “No to Black, Yes to Gays,” Rabbi Michael Lerner says, “the Supreme Court overturned a central part of the Voting Rights Act that had been one of the main accomplishments of the Civil Rights movement for African Americans” and how “Southern states, consistent with the racist legacy of slavery which has shaped their politics for the past 150 years at least, are now rushing to put in place new rules to make it more difficult for African Americans to vote.”
I wonder where are the Robert Jeffress, the Franklin Grahams, the Rick Scarboroughs, the George O. Woods, the Al Mohlers who are standing up publicly, from their public platforms for African Americans, “While the Supreme Court decision reminds us that racism against Blacks remains far more deeply implanted in America’s economic and political institutions, and in the consciousness of many Americans.”
But we hear nothing about this sin against fellow human beings. Rather, we are hearing endless polemics and rhetoric about how we are losing the fight on traditional marriage, while we are reminded daily of “the effects of economic inequality, unequal access to health care and jobs and healthy food and crime-free communities and well-financed primary and middle and high schools not just in the South but throughout these United States.”
It’s the blatant hypocrisy of these leading American evangelical leaders that is on display here. As a black man, living in this nation, I can only pray for eyes and hearts to be opened, and for genuine, Christ-exalting actions to follow.