There are some black leaders out there that believe all black people should think the same way about politics.
Dr. Jamal H. Bryant is the Senior Pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in DeKalb County, Georgia.
According to The Christian Post, in 2016 Bryant was accused by then-34-year old Latoya Shawntee Odom of fathering her son and encouraging her to get an abortion. When she refused and had her son, she accused Bryant of failing to provide child support.
Bryant’s ex-wife, who divorced him in 2008, accused him of adultery, cruel treatment, and “excessively vicious conduct” causing “reasonable apprehension of bodily suffering so as to render cohabitation unsafe,” according to The Christian Post.
That wasn’t mentioned in the introduction given at the “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks” March in Washington on Friday, Bryant is also a civil rights activist, community organizer, and visionary, who has been able to “reach across social, economic, and political barriers.” Yeah, probably not on that last one. Bryant doesn’t seem to like it when people disagree with his politics.
As seen in a video clip of his speech, Bryant called the many black speakers at the Republican National Convention “slaves.”
Bryant first uses a fake quote attributed to Harriet Tubman, “I freed thousands of slaves, but I would have freed hundreds more had they known they were slaves,” then says, “I only thought about that when I saw the slaves on TV this week endorsing Donald Trump. I said, ‘If only they knew they were slaves, they could have been rendered free.'”
Is this a step up or a step down from the time in 2015 he called black Trump-supporters “prostitutes” looking for their “15 minutes of fame“?
To be fair to Bryant, prominent African American conservatives and free-thinkers like Candace Owens and Kanye West have said something similar about the overwhelming number of blacks that vote Democrat. They’ve used phrases like “mental slavery” and being stuck on “the Democratic plantation.” What they’re talking about is the almost monolithic Democrat voting bloc that is so committed that it led Joe Biden to slip up and say that if you don’t vote for him, “you ain’t black.”
FiveThirtyEight notes that a massive chunk of black voters consistently pull the lever for Democrats–89 percent of black voters cast their ballot for Hillary in 2016–but they don’t actually ideologically identify with the liberal/leftist agenda of Democrats. A Pew Research Center study shows that within the black community, 43 percent identify as moderate and a quarter call themselves conservative.
How can a big chunk of black voters be unwavering Democrats who differ ideologically from the party? We spent years investigating that question for our new book, “Steadfast Democrats.” We found that black voters are so loyal to the Democratic party in part because of social pressure from other black voters.
Peer pressure. That’s what this all comes down to.
That’s why they Democrats hate it when black voters say that they’re supporting Trump.
Bryant’s speech needs a couple of fact-checks that I would be remiss if I didn’t address.
- Marcus Aurelius did not stab Julius Caesar. It would’ve been a neat trick if he did since Julius Caesar was killed in 44 BC and Marcus Aurelius was born in 121 AD. So, unless he was able to travel back in time to join in the plot against Caesar that happened 165 years before he was born, then I think we can safely say that he wasn’t involved.
- The incident involving Jacob Blake cannot be compared to the plot against Caesar in any rational mind. They are completely different things. The police officers did not conspire to kill Jacob Blake in order to save the republic from a man who was about to take control and make himself king. The “slaying”–that’s not the right word, by the way, he’s not dead–of Jacob Blake is not the most “heinous crime” since the murder of Julius Caesar. I’m sure that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would agree with me on that if he hadn’t been assassinated.
- The Harriet Tubman quote is fake. Bryant repeats the quote that went viral in one of those memes that spread around a few years ago. The meme had a photograph of Tuban with the words, “I freed thousands of slaves, but I would have freed hundreds more had they known they were slaves.” She never said that. This quote has been fact-checked by the Associated Press in 2018.
In his speech, Bryant praises Kamala Harris and then bashes “white evangelicals” for being against the Marxist Black Lives Matter organization that is actively against the family unit. Bryant says that it’s hypocritical to say that you’re pro-life while black people are “dying like dogs in the street.” He then pushes the hoax that the Trump administration is removing mailboxes in order to meddle with the 2020 Presidential election.
It’s a whole lot of emotional appeals with no substance.
It appears that “Reverend” “Doctor” Jamal H. Bryant could benefit from listening to the latest Warriors & Wildmen podcast: Dear Church: Staying Stupid Is A Sin
Let me be crystal clear here: Jamal Bryant is not a serious person.
As a Christian and a non-white person, I find this man deeply offensive on many levels. I really don’t like it when people use the name of Martin Luther King Jr. as cover for their radical agenda. He’s a hero of mine and has been for many years. I grew up reading his speeches and embracing his vision of a “colorblind society” which is now considered “racist” by radical identity politics activists. I reject putting people into an ideological box based on their race, but these activists don’t have a problem with that.
It’s these phony-as-a-three-dollar bill preachers that are keeping black communities beholden to Democrats who haven’t done a damned thing to truly help the black community. These preachers try to mimic the soaring rhetoric of Reverend King but end up looking like crappy off-brand knock off to anyone who has cracked open a Bible or even a book. Preachers like Bryant are somehow taken as seriously because they hold a degree. What is that degree worth if he can’t give a 5-minute speech that can be fact-checked in less time than that by a middle-aged mom-of-three on a Saturday morning?
The entire thing that happened at the Lincoln Memorial on Friday was a slap in the face to the movement that MLK stood for. They were literally chanting “No Justice, No Peace” as they were there to remember the man who was committed to non-violent protests in the face of violent opposition. And that overt racist, Al freaking Sharpton, was front-and-center. It was absolutely disgraceful.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wasn’t a proponent of identitarianism–he was an advocate of racial equality, and freedom. He believed in America and holding her to her high ideals. He said that his dream was “deeply rooted in the American dream.” He made that clear the speech that these activists were allegedly commemorating on Friday:
In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the “unalienable Rights” of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.”
But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we’ve come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.
He also reiterated his commitment to peaceful protests and urged people to not give in to their rage about injustice. He also said that distrust of all white people isn’t helpful in moving towards the goal of equality.
But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.
The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.
The most memorable portion of MLK’s magnificent speech is where he lays out his dream in beautiful pictures of brotherhood and equality. The speech was an absolute masterpiece.
One of the most quoted lines of that brilliant piece of rhetoric is this one, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
I won’t judge Jamal H. Bryant on the color of his skin, but by the content of his character, and I find that sorely lacking.
But there is hope for him, too.
Here’s a great start:
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