Reprinted with permission from E.W. Jackson.
The year 2015 will go down in history as a time of hateful protests against police, riots in our inner cities and a spike in black on black murders. In the midst of all this, certain voices have exploited the situation and gone to extraordinary lengths to stoke the fires of division. We call these our “Infamous Five.” They are, in our opinion, the five most racially divisive figures or organizations in America in 2015. They were dishonest, manipulative, incendiary, demagogic and yes, racist. They have sought to enrage rather than encourage, and to inflame rather than inform. They have been leeches instead of leaders and propagandists for lies instead of prophets of truth. If America were the Survivor series, they would be voted off the island. Of the top five dividers, one will wear the Divider of the Year crown. The Infamous Five of 2015 are:
Fourth runner-up: Black Lives Matter
The Black Lives Matter organization makes the list because they have attacked those who say “All Lives Matter.” They promote the lie that Michael Brown’s death was an instance of racist cop behavior. They have chanted “pigs in a blanket, fry them like bacon”. They have ignored black on black crime. They have disrupted the normal lives of innocent Americans who have no responsibility for their grievances. And they have equated the LGBT movement with the injustices they claim are being perpetrated against young black men. In short, Black Lives Matter is an abomination and does nothing except create hostility against cops – the very people the black community needs to protect them and preserve some semblance of order.
Third runner-up: Al Sharpton
Al Sharpton makes the list as third runner-up, because no one has a longer track record of promoting racial division for personal gain. He insinuates himself into any purported racial issue before he knows the facts, but never apologizes or walks back his inflammatory statements when the truth disproves his accusations. He is a shameless self-promoter. He even tried to deliver the eulogy at the funeral of a murdered police officer. After all, TV cameras would be there. He was rebuffed, thank God.
Mr. Sharpton (he is not a “Reverend”) will probably be one of the Infamous Five every year until he can no longer move fast enough to jump in front of the nearest camera.
Second runner-up: Hillary Clinton
Hillary (“I don’t feel nooooowaaaays tired…”) Clinton has demonstrated a willingness to pander on the issue of race that is almost beyond imagination. She is embarrassingly bad at it. Mrs. Clinton feigns a black southern drawl which she must have learned from Bill Clinton or President Obama. Bill is a master at it. Obama is not much better at it than Hillary, but he had years of sitting under the tutelage of race baiter Jeremiah Wright. Hillary has adopted a Kwanzaa theme for her twitter brand, even though most black Americans do not celebrate this made up holiday. Her campaign insists that she is an abuela (i.e. “a grandma”) for Latinos. Grandma Imelda Marcos maybe. If Bill Clinton was “the first black President”, Hillary must aspire to be the first black/Latino Grandma President. The very thought of this manipulative, racially divisive political hack serving as President should make every God-fearing, patriotic American shudder.
First runner-up: Barack Hussein Obama
When the Ferguson unrest surfaced, the President deployed his deputy race-baiter, Attorney General Eric Holder, who only stoked the flames. Of course neither Obama or Holder could deliver an indictment against the Officer in the Michael Brown shooting because law enforcement agencies and the Grand Jury looked at the facts and found no wrong doing. After the Grand Jury refused to indict Officer Wilson, Barack Obama could not help but stir racial division. In some of his most measured remarks, he said:
“But what is also true is that there are still problems and communities of color aren’t just making these problems up… And we have to lift them up and not deny them or try to tamp them down.”
Yet the narrative surrounding Michael Brown’s tragic death was indeed made up. By the way, the first trial of the officers in charged in the death of Freddie Gray ended in a hung jury. Yet the President made similar remarks after the death of Freddie Gray, castigating the American people for the “persistent opportunity gaps” that impede the success of black men. He said “Those opportunity gaps begin early… and they compound over time… That sense of unfairness, of powerlessness, of people not hearing their voices… fuel some of the protests we’ve seen in places like Baltimore, Ferguson and right here in New York.”
He was justifying protests in a country where the top law enforcement officer is black, the President is black, the elected leaders in most of our cities are black and many of the police Chiefs are black. I have never heard him quote the words of the Pledge of Allegiance which say, “One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all”. He would do well to remind himself, the black community and all Americans of that vision, and inspire us to pursue it instead of lecturing the American people about race. He was not elected to divide us but to unite us, and he has failed miserably.
The DIVIDER OF THE YEAR: Dorian Johnson
The DIVIDER OF THE YEAR is Dorian Johnson, the distinguished “friend” who assisted the late Michael Brown in the strong-arm robbery of a convenience store in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, 2014. The robbery led Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson to stop and question the two men. Johnson told the media that Brown had his “hands up” and was saying “don’t shoot” to Officer Wilson, but that Wilson shot Brown in the back while he was running away.
The protests and riots that ensued were based on that narrative, picked up by racial activists and amplified by sports celebrities, Hollywood actors and Democrat politicians, especially the Congressional Black Caucus. There was only one problem. It was a bold, damnable and dangerous lie. Forensic evidence exposed the falsehood and exonerated Officer Wilson, but the damage had already been done. Dorian sowed the wind and we are still reaping the whirlwind. The rioting left Ferguson in ruins and set the stage for violence in other cities. Thank you Mr. Johnson for helping tear our country apart in 2015. May your brief 15 minutes of fame be over, and may you never be heard in public again unless it is to apologize to the American people for your destructive lie.
A Better Way
On March 4, 1861, a little over five weeks before the start of the Civil war, President Abraham Lincoln closed his First Inaugural Address with this unifying message:
“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battle-field, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearth-stone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”
We need to awaken the American people to the vision of One Nation Under God, with Liberty and Justice for All, and elect leaders who bring us together rather than tearing us apart.
We need to unite Americans of all races and backgrounds as to preserve and defend freedom, justice, the Constitution, our free market economy, national security and the foundation of Judeo-Christian faith, heritage and values upon which our great Republic is built.
My organization – STAND has stepped into the breach by introducing Project AWAKENING, a private sector vision and plan for the future of the America’s inner cities. It has been endorsed by Senator Ted Cruz. We are calling for a partnership between churches, businesses, nonprofits and private educational institutions to create cultural renewal, economic awakening and technical education. It is possible to build stable, thriving communities, but the Proverb says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” With Islamic terrorists using the poverty and chaos in our cities to recruit our young, we can hide our heads in the sand as the President has chosen to do, or we can provide real leadership. We are in a life and death struggle. Is America going to become a city on fire, or are we going to be a shining city on a hill? The choice is ours, but I trust we will choose the latter and that the next President will as well.
About the author/contributor: E.W. Jackson was born in Chester, PA, near Philadelphia. After graduating from high school, he joined the Maine Corps, and was honorably discharged after three years of service. He went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts and from Harvard Law School.
While in law school, he studied at Harvard Divinity School, was ordained in 1979 and consecrated a Bishop in 1998. He practiced small business, criminal and civil law for fifteen years in Boston. In 1997 Bishop Jackson retired from the practice of law to devote full time to ministry.
He is the founder and Senior Pastor of THE CALLED Church, founder of the Chesapeake Martin Luther King Leadership Breakfast and Founder and President of Stand Foundation – Staying True to America’s National Destiny – a nonprofit organization committed to bringing citizens together across racial and cultural lines to restore America’s Judeo-Christian heritage and values. He is the National President of MINISTERS TAKING A STAND, a national organization of Pastors and Christian leaders addressing the moral and spiritual issues of our time. He also founded YOUTH WITH A DESTINY, helping give youth a sense of vision and purpose for their lives.
He is the author of the book, Ten Commandments to an Extraordinary Life. His articles have been published in the Washington Times, American Thinker and many other publications. He has appeared on FOX, ABC, PBS, CNN and MSNBC.