Letter to the Editor
On December 21, 2011, Rev.
Perryman wrote a prophetic column in The Sojourner's Truth
entitled "Black Toledo's SocioPsychosis" that in my opinion
- now applies to the white evangelicals of America's White
Church. Specifically, Rev. Perryman used the following quote
by local business man Glenn Johnson who said: "In addition
to the economics, there's a sociological factor that is more
difficult to pin down and it centers around how Toledo's
African-Americans have been conditioned."
The background realities
that Mr. Tolliver wrote of in his February 5 column entitled
"Kadens 1 - Black Church 0; reflects the fact that the Black
Church lacks "a liberation theology." It has lacked such a
theology since Emmett Till's murder; the infamous terrorist
bombing of the 16th Avenue Church in Birmingham, AL and when
white supremacist/terrorist Army veteran Timothy McVeigh
killed 168 U.S. citizens by bombing the Oklahoma City
federal building and last but not least, when Dylann Roof
attended and killed the Charleston Bible Study Nine.
While the collective Church
of Black America can forgive these terrorist acts, we must
be cognizant that the vast majority of the overwhelming
white males in the United States Senate have now embraced
the ethos of the non-college educated white males with
diminished spiritual consciousness with the personas of one
who possessed a racial psychopathic personality.
Thus, I reiterate along with
Mr. Tolliver - "the aggregate shame and discredit of black
churches in Toledo...could devise a plan by which a black
high school graduating class could be blessed" as Mr. Kadens
blessed the Scott High School Class of 2020.
In conclusion, I remind The
Sojourner's Truth's readers of Malcolm X's quote: "The way
you control a people is how you educate them."
Clarence Gafeney, Armed
NAACP Executive Committee,
2420 Valentine Street
Toledo, OH 43605