The Washington Times Weekly
Demand justice for minority children, too
It is a dreadful night of the soul when a supposed keeper of the peace — in this case, a Chicago police officer — shoots a 13-yearold to death in cold blood (“Family sees video of teen’s fatal shooting by Chicago police,” Web, April 13). Black and brown children deserve to live to see another day, just like their young White counterparts, who receive correction, grace and mercy when they do wrong.
If 13-year-old Adam Toledo of Chicago had been White and doing wrong in the dark of night, he would be alive right now. Just because a Black or brown youth is doing wrong does not mean that murder by police gunshots is the answer. Taking Black and brown children’s lives must not be another mere notch in the angry, racist police officer’s belt because that officer is sick of Black and brown people in general.
Our children’s lives need to be saved, not viciously taken by supposed keepers of the peace, angry, sick savages of the soul out to destroy our most valuable resource. Policing has gone wrong, wild and wicked in America, and President Biden must immediately have his Justice Department implement sweeping police reform before it is too late for the soul of America.
Jesus hit the nail right on the head when he said, in John 10:10: “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” Way too many trigger-happy police officers have become thieves focused on stealing, killing and destroying Black and brown lives. America must embrace, implement and spread a major mindset for change regarding police reform in America. The George Floyd Policing Act must be passed in the U.S. Senate now.
ARTHUR L. MACKEY JR.
Senior pastor, Mount Sinai Baptist Church Cathedral Roosevelt, N.ew York