Covid-19 Spikes Racism

  • God loves the Black people; but they do not take care of themselves.
  • In America everyone are Americans without considering race.
  • Americans should have conscience one for the other like brothers and sisters.

Kevin Chauvin a policeman pressed his knee on the neck of George Floyd for eight minutes. George was handcuffed at the time and was no longer dangerous. In Alabama was killed a 27 year old Rayshard Brooks who struggled with the police and was shot carrying a Taser aimed at them. Both George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks were black men.

The assasination of Martin Luther King was a pure racist act; not the death of George Floyd. Martin Luther King was a martyr for the non-violent black movement like Jesus was a martyr for freedom.

The murder of Kevin Chauvin was assumed to be racism. Kevin was a white man and George Floyd a black man. Later it was discovered that they both had worked together at a disco. Their encounter was a surprise to Kevin Chauvin and a chance for him to take revenge on George Floyd. The pure cause of the murder of racism was tarnished when was revealed some personal grudge between the two men.

The other policemen in the car did not know about this personal grudge between Kevin and George. They were surprised when they saw their partner in the police car Kevin Chauvin brutally kill George Floyd who had committed a minor crime of giving counterfeit money at a supermarket. Racism was assumed to be the cause. Riots ensued as a result throughout America. The demonstrators called out “Justice to Blacks.”  Also in the murder of Rayshard the demonstrators called out “justice to blacks.”

Corona virus originating in China has caused a Pandemic. The whole world has been shut down. There has been 7,990,151 people in the world infected by the virus. The virus has caused 435,436 deaths. In America there has been 2,162,144 people infected, and 117,853 deaths. Black Americans are dying of Covid-19 at three times the rate of white people. Covid virus cannot be called racist, only people can be racist.

The last words uttered by George Floyd when he was assaulted by the cop was “I can’t breathe.” Corona virus attacks the respiratory system causing Pneumonia and Carbon Dioxide poisoning in the lungs. The people are given respirators in desperation to save their lives. They are dying of suffocation; they can’t breathe. The way George Floyd died is the way of almost all Corona virus deaths.  Kevin Chauvin may have hated blacks but not in the way that he hated George Floyd who he knew personally. His motive in killing George Floyd was probably not pure racism.

We see pure racism in anti-Semitic attacks on Jews like the attack on the Pittsburgh Synagogue in 2018, or the assassination of Martin Luther King. There are pure racist attacks on blacks, on Christians, and Muslims.  The lives of blacks in America has improved from before Martin Luther King brought a new image to the black community. President Trump bragged that in his term in office minority and blacks had the best economy in American history. Calling every time that a policeman kills a black in the middle of his duty a racist act, is like claiming that Corona virus is racist because black Americans are dying at three times the rate of white people.

According to the US Department of Justice African Americans accounted for 52.5% of all homicides 47.5% to whites and other races. Most of the homicides were intra-racial with 84% of white victims killed by whites, and 93% of Black Americans killed by Blacks.  When blacks kill blacks, and whites kill whites the motive is hatred and not racial. The motive of Kevin Chauvin killing George Floyd was probably hatred and not pure racism. Racism is being abused as the motive of police brutality. President Trump believes that American law enforcement are not racists and do their job at the best of their ability. There is always a place for improvement. Blacks can improve their lives. Whites can improve their lives.

President Trump met in Dallas Texas in a roundtable on the theme “Transition to Greatness.” President Trump spoke. After him there were several other speeches including prayers by White and Black men and women. In one of these speeches by a Black Preacher, he pointed to the cause of the Black African American dilemma “the children of blacks have no father in the home.”

Pope Francis and other wise men on earth agree that “Family is the cradle of life.” Children are like chicks in a bird nest. They grow up out of a home which needs two parents and a teacher.  The parents educate the children in the home. Their teacher they greet at school. The parental education always needs improvement. The teachers also need to do a better job. These are the partners in making the black community more productive to American society. Deficiencies in parental guidance and education are the causes of crime in America. Parents should be examples to their children.

The murder of eleven Jews in the Pittsburgh synagogue was a pure racist anti-Semitic act. Blacks should have pride to be black; Jews are allowed to be proud to be Jews. Freedom gives each person

There is also a place for improvement in the police department. Stagnation leads to deterioration of values and ideals. The ethics of the fathers teach, “if you don’t grow and increase, there will be in return a decrease.”  The demonstrations and riots in America are the result of frustration, an attitude of accusing the next person instead of identifying the problem at home. Everyone needs to improve.

Rabbi Nachman of Breslov Chassidic master taught, “If you believe that you can destroy, believe also that you can rebuild.” “There is no existence on earth called hopeless.” “It is a great achievement to be happy even when times are difficult.” “The rich man is the man that is content with his portion.”

The last of the Ten Commandments is “Don’t be jealous of the next person.”  The great sage Hillel was asked to sum up the whole Bible in one phrase. He answered, “have a conscience for the next person. Don’t do to him what you would not want him to do to you.”  “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.”

Many people are unsure about God. Evolution seems to deny a divine source. If you have trouble believing in God, believe in life. Make for yourself a good life, a Godly life. Life includes health. It includes friendship and peace.

Calling out “justice to blacks” is a racist comment. Whites also need justice. Everyone needs justice. Justice is part of the American constitution and not anarchy. Blacks and whites are not separate in America.  They are all Americans created equal with equal rights. Americans need to make America Great. It cannot become great without an effort.

Israel today is a democracy with freedom of religion. Israel is part of the world. Israel is part of America. Israel is a Jewish state. America is a nation without racism but gives freedom to blacks, Jews, Christians, and Muslims to maintain their heritage in a New World. The Universal Faith called Baha”i was established in Acre in the Ottoman Empire uniting interfaith with each particular religion Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. America which holds strongly by Freedom of Religion is an interfaith Universal faith nation. Blacks can unite as blacks in America, Jews as Jews, Christians and Muslims separate and united.

Mike Pompeo in behalf of President Trump and America are against the ideals of communism because Communism is against freedom of religion. Freedom of religion is the universal faith which America wants to make a part of every nation in the world.

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David Wexelman

Rabbi David Wexelman is the  author of five books on the topics of World Unity and Peace, and Progressive Jewish Spirituality. Rabbi Wexelman is a member of the American Friends of Maccabee, a charitable organization helping the poor in the United States and in Israel.  Donations are tax deductible in the USA.

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