“I’m introspective, because sometimes I want to take ‘our’ side without looking at the facts in situations like these. (Regarding Ferguson). Sometimes I feel like it’s us against them. Sometimes I’m just as prejudiced as people I point fingers at. And that’s not right. How can I look at white skin and make assumptions but not want assumptions made about me? That’s not right.
I’m encouraged, because ultimately the problem is not a SKIN problem, it is a SIN problem. SIN is the reason we rebel against authority. SIN is the reason we abuse our authority. SIN is the reason we are racist, prejudiced and lie to cover our own. SIN is the reason we riot, loot and burn, BUT I’M ENCOURAGED because God has provided a solution for sin through…his son Jesus and with it, a transformed heart and mind. One that’s capable of looking past the outward and seeing what’s truly important in every human being. The cure for the Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and Eric Garner tragedies is not education or exposure. It’s the Gospel. So, finally, I’M ENCOURAGED because the Gospel gives mankind hope.”
Powerful words from the tight end for the New Orleans Saints, Benjamin Watson. His Facebook post regarding his views on racism and the riots in Ferguson earned him an interview on CNN with Brooke Baldwin Friday. His Facebook post received over 427,000 shares, over 760,000 likes and over 78,000 comments at last check.
Watson went on to say,
“Internally our sin makes us prideful, it makes us judgmental, it makes us prejudice, which leads to racism, it makes us lash out at people that don’t look like us. It makes us do all those things. It makes us lash out in anger and makes us point fingers…It’s OK to be angry and to identify your emotion as being angry, because like I said later we like to protect our own. Because of our life experiences, whether it is being a black American or a white American, because of stories that you’ve heard over time, because of injustices that have happened or maybe being accused of being racist when you’re not, we have these certain histories and we react because of those.”
He added that we have to get past that emotion, we need to understand that the other side brings its own experiences to every situation.
“It’s really important that we take a step back sometimes and think about the other side before we make accusations and assumptions.”
All of these things make sense and apparently major news networks have no problem with them. But mention the name of Jesus, answer the question you are asked and you get rudely cut off mid-sentence, split-screen “and just like that, we lost him,” she says.
A truly disrespectful and rude way to treat a good, courteous man who is simply answering the question he was asked. Talk about prejudice! CNN, you’ve got some MAJOR prejudice going on! All I can do after watching how he was treated is shake my head and say “wow.” Whether you believe in Jesus or not, have some common courtesy and respect for your guest. I know I won’t be watching CNN ever again, I thought, feeling so angry initially at the prejudice and persecution Christians face these days.
Then the words I typed that Watson had written came back to me and I realized, that’s not right. I don’t know the situation. She did give him a 60 second warning to wrap up, so did producers cut him off because they didn’t want to hear about this man’s faith, or because there was no time left? I personally do not know for a fact the answer to that question. Could there have been a better way to end the interview than cutting him off? Yes, but that is not my place to judge.
Here’s the clip: