Crickets

I have been waiting to hear your response to the ugly, vile comments the president directed at four congresswomen of color. His comments were so outrageous yet so in character, so blatantly racist, so anti-Christ, I hoped that at long last you would speak up and stand on the side of all that is right and just and moral.

Crickets. Nothing but the sound of crickets.

Even you who are outwardly religious are silent. Over and over again, you hear him say things that break Christ’s heart and yet you say nothing! Not one word when he pushed the racist lie about Obama’s birthplace. Not one word when he called Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists. Not one word when he called white supremacists “very fine people.” Not one word as his administration separates migrant children from their parents and treats brown people who cross our border as less than human. Not one damn word.

Crickets. Nothing but the sound of crickets.

When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.

Leviticus 19:33-34

Your silence speaks volumes. Your silence says you’re okay with the way he demeans women and people of color. It tells me that perhaps you even agree with his derogatory comments. It tells me that you judge a person by the color of their skin and not by the content of their character. It tells me you think that women should just shut up and blindly follow a man, even one as immoral and sinful as he is.

Crickets. Nothing but the sound of crickets.

When I do hear a peep out of some of you, you show me your true colors. Your bigotry and xenophia are on full display. You wave the flag and say, if you don’t like it here, leave. You call human beings illegals. You say we owe illegals nothing; we owe veterans everything as if there isn’t enough love to go around.

I’m willing to give you the benefit of the doubt. Maybe you’re not a bigot. Maybe you’re a good person who doesn’t want to ruffle any feathers. Maybe you’re afraid you’ll offend someone if you speak out. I get that. But I have to ask, who will speak for you when someone doesn’t treat you with the human dignity you deserve?

Crickets. Nothing but the sound of crickets.

Who will call out the president’s racism? Who will call out this ugly sin if not people of faith like me who know that we are all human and we have been commanded by our Maker to love one another?

The moral duty to name and reject racism cannot only fall on the shoulders of people of color, those who are being targeted and assaulted; it must also include other white people in this nation. 

Jim Wallace

My own reluctance to speak out shames me. God gave me a conscience. God gave me empathy and compassion. God gave me a voice. So let me tell you something, you who remain silent or deny or make excuses for his abhorrent behavior:

Racism is a sin. Racism is reprehensible. There is no excuse for his behavior. Your president is a racist and his words and behavior are not acceptable.

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African Field cricket Gryllus bimaculatus at Bristol Zoo, Bristol, England. Photographed by Adrian Pingstone in February 2005 and released to the public domain.

5 thoughts on “Crickets

  1. There is a difference between saying “leave” and saying “go back to where you came from.” As a parent of two internationally adopted children, “leave” may mean leave what you’re doing. “Go back” or “go home” tells them they are not legitimate. It’s more than just a blanketly reprehensible thing to say for me. It’s personal.

    And, BTW, “leave” is also reprehensible in that it is wholly un-American. To say that the only choice is to agree or leave fails our democracy is countless ways.

    This is a failure of the president. This is a failure of those who attempt to defend the statement. This is a failure of those who misconstrue and misrepresent what the statement was and is to American values. This is a failure of those who want to use it as a political rally chant. This is a failure, as you have pointed out, for those who have kept silent.

    Thank you for not being silent.

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      1. I’m in Minnesota, where many have because, of course, one of those US representatives targeted is from here. To pretend this is about politics, however, is a lie on top of a lie. This is a morally offensive attack.

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  2. In Catholicism we’re taught that the church is the Body of Christ, that we are His eyes, His hands, His feet working to create his kingdom on earth. I think we’ve done an incredible amount of damage to the Body of Christ by ignoring, explaining away, condoning, and sometimes embracing the things Trump says and does. Muslims, Jews, and atheists all know enough about the teachings of Jesus to recognize our hypocrisy when they see and hear it. I see attacks on Christianity online nearly every day stemming from Christians’, and especially Evangelical Christians’ support of this man’s divisiveness, immorality, and the hate he spreads. Christianity loses believers every day and I’m convinced at least part of that is due to our making Christianity a dirty word, a synonym for everything the rest of the world dislikes about Donald Trump. I hope Christian leadership, those leaders who haven’t already sold themselves to Trumpism, sound the alarm to their followers that we’re harming Jesus with the political path we’re following.

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    1. In the Sojourner’s article, Jim Wallace said he reached out to several Evangelical leaders to see if they are willing to speak out against Trump’s racism. I’m not optimistic that any of them will.

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