Violence As a Means of Controlling Black People

Wise words from Bishop Ernest S. Lyght.

Can The United States of America overcome a seeming penchant for inflicting violence upon African Americans in various settings and situations, even in the year 2015?

America has never hesitated to use violence as a means of controlling African Americans. This should be no surprise when one considers the fact that America is a nation that was conceived in violence, the American Revolution. When there were major disagreements about the use of slavery, the nation resorted to violence and engaged in a bloody civil war. The nation has engaged in two world wars, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the invasion of Iraq, and the war in Afghanistan. There are still other violent conflicts that could be named.

Let’s take a look back in time and briefly summarize the black experience in this nation. It was an act of violence when African men and women were placed into slavery. It…

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