Everyone needs an enemy.
Maybe you don’t believe that. You think you’re a good, peaceful, super-nice Christian person. You don’t have any enemies…except your kid who keeps beating you at Chutes and Ladders.
But it’s true. We’ve all got enemies, and no matter how much we talk about forgiving our enemies, we keep them handy. Whatever we say, we like keeping our enemies close. You’ll see what I mean.
Trayvon Martin had an enemy. If you live in a major city like I do, there was probably some kind of rally in his memory this week. It’s completely unacceptable that his killer is free, has not even been charged.
But if you ask some people, everyone’s rallying for Trayvon’s killer to be brought to justice, but everyone’s ignoring the real enemy.
A Common Enemy
If I said that Jesse Jackson was wrong, that the black community is not under attack, there is no epidemic of white on black violence, and Jackson and Sharpton are a couple of vultures swooping in on Trayvon Martin’s corpse, then you would call me terrible, white-hooded racist, because I’m a white guy.
But what if C.L. Bryant, former head of the NAACP said it? Well, he did. You should read his comments when you’re done here. They are blistering.
I’ll sum it up: Trayvon Martin’s death is a great opportunity to stir people up with anger against their enemies. Who is the black community’s biggest supposed enemy? The white community. White on black crime is supposedly at epidemic levels.
Except it isn’t true. The black community’s biggest danger comes from within itself. I don’t say that to be provocative, I’m just borrowing Bryant’s words. The truth and awfulness of this hits home to me, as my own home town leads the freaking nation in black on black murder. I bet most people who live here don’t even know that. Just recently, a black teen girl, a Christian, full of potential, was shot to death in my town. It seems that getting any national attention depends on the color of your at-large murderer. If the killer were white, would the story be different?
Who Is My Enemy?
We all have our pet enemies. We feel better about ourselves with a scapegoat.
If you ask C.L. Bryant, the black community apparently has far bigger enemies than the white community. As an outsider, I have to take his word for it. But I do know this country is full of enemies. The white community keeps tons of pet enemies around, enemies most of us are never hurt by.
We keep liberals and conservatives close at hand to show just how stupid some people in this country can be.
Don’t forget terrorists.
And gays. Damn it, gays, you are destroying marriage!
And atheists. You are waging a war on Christians, and we won’t stand for it!
Men are waging a war on women.
Women are destroying men.
Yep, everyone has an enemy.
My Own Worst Enemy
If you believe C.L. Bryant’s wisdom, who is your real enemy?
The truth is that, often the biggest problems a community has is because of the people inside the community.
Democrats and Republicans will never destroy each other. They can only destroy themselves with their asinine rhetoric.
I have never had any gays come to my door and try to destroy the sanctity of my marriage. There’s only two people in the world who can do that.
I have never had any atheists try to stop my from worshipping freely. Christians are their own worst enemy, with our seemingly infinite ability to sabotage ourselves.
How likely is it that you will be killed by a terrorist? 1 in 30 million. The mighty Roman empire didn’t fall because of outside invaders. It collapsed from within.
Adam blamed Eve, Eve blamed the snake, and God didn’t buy any of it. He booted their pasty butts out.
Keep your enemies close, if it makes you feel better. Maybe you’ll have someone to focus your rhetoric or your anger or your envy on. But your biggest enemy isn’t prowling the streets, waiting for you. Your enemy is going to work with you, having dinner with you, running errands with you. You’re even sleeping with the enemy! Only you have to power to destroy yourself.
Am I right? Is C.L. Bryant right? Do we love a common enemy to focus our anger on, when the much bigger enemy is in the mirror?