ArticleScottMy guess is most of us hadn’t heard of Walter Scott, 50, of South Carolina until a few hours ago.  By most accounts he was just a guy trying to get by in life. He had served two years in the Coast Guard, had 4 kids, and loved the Dallas Cowboys.  He could be any one of us, really.

Mr. Scott wasn’t perfect. Apparently he was having issues paying some child support.  He had a warrant out for him for this and for failure to appear in Family Court.

Last Saturday, a police officer in South Carolina pursued Mr. Scott after attempting to pull him over for a broken tail light. Eventually Mr. Scott exited his vehicle and some kind of an encounter ensued with the officer.  Another individual happened to catch the incident on video via his cell phone.  The video shows Mr. Scott turning to run from the officer and an object (supposedly the officer’s taser) drops to the ground.  As Scott flees the situation, the officer draws his service weapon and fires eight shots into Scott’s back, killing him. The sirens of approaching officers for backup are heard, and sure enough another officer is on the scene within I’d say, 40-45 seconds after the final shot was fired.  The officer who fired the shots runs over to where his taser lies on the ground and goes back to Scott’s body and drops it next to him, in a clear attempt to alter the evidence at the scene.

This is ALL ON VIDEO.  Another unarmed black man shot in the back by another white police officer.  What is wrong with this picture?

Fortunately there might be a glimmer of hope for justice here.  The officer in question has been arrested and charged with murder.

But Walter Scott didn’t have to die, and the officer certainly didn’t need to attempt to alter the crime scene.

Can you blame people for not trusting law enforcement at this point?  Can we blame people of ethnic minorities for trusting them even less?  I don’t think so.

Watch this video and tell me that the biggest issue in our country is a “Christian” having to sell a cake to a gay couple. No really, I dare you.

We really seem to have crossed into bizzaro world.  We seem to have gone off the rails.

Racism is still a problem, a big problem. In Florida, Officers and corrections staff are being outed as members of the Ku Klux Klan.  They never went away, they just traded in their robes and hoods for suits and ties.

Violence is still a problem, a big problem. We’ve turned into a gun culture on steroids. The preferred method to settling a conflict seems to be to punch somebody, shoot somebody, or start a war. I’ve seen the results of the violence.  I interned with a local CSI unit and saw people who had been shot.  I picked up pieces of a guy’s head out of the back seat of a car after he’d been shot in the face.  It’s senseless, but the proliferation of weapons and the culture of violence continue unabated.  Sometimes I feel like we’ll just eventually annihilate each other.

What do Christians, the people of Christ, do?  Head down to the store on stock up on ammo, of course.  Or perhaps we’ll keep figuring out how to not sell cakes to gay people.

But what SHOULD we do about it?  We should stand up and renounce racism wherever it exists.  We should renounce violence and seek nonviolent solutions. Perhaps a verse from a very popular song might help us out:

We will work with each other, we will work side by side.
We will work with each other, we will work side by side.
And we’ll guard each other’s dignity and save each other’s pride.
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love.
Yes they’ll know we are Christians by our love.

My heart goes out to Mr. Scott’s family and friends.  May he rest in peace, may his family find comfort, and may justice be done.

And may we all find the strength to stand up, speak up, and put an END to this.