As racial justice protests have intensified morphing into riots and looting following the shooting of Jacob Blake, the killing of George Floyd and others public support for the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has declined.

In the age of Donald Trump and “Make America Great Again” terms such as racist, bigot, and hater have been used constantly. There has seemingly been a resurgence of “civil rights” and a fight against a “racist establishment”. These claims while presently aimed towards a political party’s leader (Republicans) have been traditionally aimed towards the party itself.

Nearly 2,300 people have been shot and 424 were killed in Chicago from January 1 to October 24, 2019, according to the Chicago Tribune. In the new Fox Nation show, “The New Battle for Chicago,” Chicago native and Fox News political analyst Gianno Caldwell puts faces and names behind these horrific numbers in urban Chicago. There seems to be no progress in a city ran historically by a regime of democratic, liberal policy.

Federal aid for America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities has now expired and Congress can’t agree whether to pass a short or long term plan to restore the funding. A group of bipartisan senators, educators and students demand a vote now.

These federal dollars pay for campus infrastructure improvements, faculty and curriculum development, and student services. Without them, staff members are looking at layoffs and students are considering transferring.

Here are the questions we must ask and answer amid this debate (not the win for such is historic and beyond congratulatory and great). Where has debate gone? What is the future of debate and its relevance to black culture? Has it been hijacked by the topics of mainstream media?

The media has functioned as a propaganda tool for a single political party ideology, not only destroying their own purpose but as well as threatening the existence of a free republic—not only physically, civically but mentally.

I believe this is a Biblical pattern we see—after about 400 years of slavery then comes freedom. We can see the parallel in the Biblical narrative and in our own historical one. The Hebrews i.e. the children of Israel were enslaved to the Egyptians for 400 years (see Genesis 15:13, Acts 7:6). So too, this year (2019) is exactly 400 years since the very first slaves were brought to America. A ship, carrying about 20 enslaved Africans, appeared on this horizon, near Point Comfort, a coastal port in the British colony of Virginia.

Though slavery was abolished in 1865 the fight to be free extended well into the 1960s and into the present day. However, this fight has morphed into a mental one. As we fight, “we”, speaking directly about African Americans, to understand our true enemy—the slave master of single, static and liberal thought.

White privilege is the concept of the economic, social and political institutions in liberal democracies like America benefits whites while disadvantaging racial minorities. However, the evidence does not back up this claim. White Americans do not have the highest household medium income, Asians do. According to The Institute on Assets and Social Policy Asian American median household income is $57,418 per year. White Americans have an average household income of $48,877 per year.

There are no two thoughts or ideologies that are identical. When it comes to politics or social issues there are no identical twin opinions, only fraternal twins. They may originate from the same place, but they flow through two completely different channels. The strength of America, the strength of this culture, the strength of any people is the ability to celebrate difference not shun it. True unity, at its core, is not conformity but a celebration of difference.