There is perhaps an unintended lesson for all of us found in the national conversation of race. Georgia voting rights activist Stacey Abrams, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), and Marxist Black Lives Matter founder Patrisse Khan-Cullers say they are civil rights activists. Yet foolish actions in recent weeks have harmed the very people they say they represent. Abrams’ half-truths and lies about the Georgia voting reform law essentially single-handedly cost Blacks jobs and revenue in Atlanta. Khan-Cullers actions called into question her use of Black Lives Matter funds to personally enrich herself. Waters’ remarks encouraging violence now may be part of a mistrial on appeal in the Derek Chauvin murder trial.
Abrams put up such a squawk mischaracterizing the Georgia voting reform law that Major League Baseball (MLB) pulled out of Atlanta for its planned All-Star game, costing the city—and its businesses and hard-working citizens—over $100 million in anticipated revenues. Black businesses were severely harmed. Black citizens in the retail, hospitality, food service, tourism, and other related businesses were irreparably injured. Then Abrams had to back track begging MLB and other corporations to reconsider. It didn’t happen. MLB’s business went to predominantly white Colorado—which also demonstrates the hypocrisy of “wokeism.” Since then, several major media outlets such as the Washington Post and USA Today have corrected Abrams outright fibs about the voter reform law in Georgia.
Waters, under police escort, went to the already violent streets of Minneapolis and encouraged protesters to ”get more confrontational” if the Derek Chauvin jury didn’t return a guilty of murder verdict. If not, she said, “then we know that we’ve got to not only stay in the street, but we’ve got to fight for justice.” Chauvin’s lawyer petitioned the court for a mistrial because Waters remarks could influence the jury. Judge Peter Cahill denied the motion, but said, “I’ll give you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned.” Today, Waters’ remarks are a focus of Chauvin’s appeal. Waters attempt to fuel violence over the verdict further harms civil rights progress.
Khan-Cullers raised eyebrows by buying multiple homes totaling well over a million dollars. The BLM Foundation she heads raised over $90 million last year. Khan-Cullers denied enriching herself from the movement, saying that she has several other jobs. But those “jobs,” such as TV shows, book deals, etc. came from her involvement in BLM. She called the media “racist” for asking about it. As Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) recently said, there are those who make a lot of money pretending no progress has been made. James 3:13 says, “Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? Let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness and wisdom.” The lesson in this for all of us is to not allow ego, hypocrisy and foolish actions to trump wisdom, doing more harm than good. Say it with me…Stupidocrisy.