'America Has a Sin Problem,' Black Police Officer Explains to White Protester
A White Black Lives Matter protester argued with both black and white police officers in Washington, D.C. this week.
A Black police officer told a white Black Lives Matter protester that “America has a sin problem” after the activist said at least one of the officers was racist.
According to Faithwire, the unnamed protester told one of the White police officers that it didn’t matter if he had a Black wife.
“That doesn’t mean that you’re not racist, sir, just because you have one Black friend or a Black wife,” she charged. “You can still be racist. It has nothing to do with your acquaintances.”
She also said she didn’t believe that the White officer was married to a Black woman.
In a video posted to Twitter, a Black police officer said they were willing to have a “conversation” with her, but that there was “no point” because she had a “one-track mind.”
“If it doesn’t fit your agenda, you don’t want to hear it,” one of the officers said.
Finally, the officer told the woman that the problem isn’t racism, but sin.
“America has a sin problem,” said the officer, seconds later referencing John 14:6. “The world has a sin problem ma’am. Jesus said ‘I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’ America and the world has a sin problem. You understand me? That’s where racism, injustice, and hate and anger and violence come from. It’s not about racism. Read the Bible.”
The exchange is one of many happening across the country as activists continue to demonstrate and call for police policy reform. The protests began after a Black man died after a white police officer pressed his knee into the man’s neck.
Most recently, also in Washington, D.C., protesters called for the Emancipation Memorial to be taken down, but authorities placed more police presence and barricades around the statue.
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