Someone vandalized a black church in Evansville, Ind., last week, scrawling “Kill All Koons” across the building’s back door and “Koons Inside” on the church van.
This incident may not come as much of a surprise, considering the racial tension that the United States is experiencing. The election of Donald Trump has very clearly emboldened the racists throughout the nation to express their prejudices.
“I’ve been the pastor here for 17 years, and we’ve never had anything like this,” the Rev. Todd Robertson, pastor of the Members of Evansville’s Liberty Missionary Baptist Church, told local reporters.
“I know there seems to be a rise across the country of ill will toward certain groups of people. But we keep preaching, we will overcome evil with good,” he added.
It’s a wonder how such terrible things can happen to good people.
Robertson said he believes the culprit lashed out after watching black volunteers and white volunteers work together to distribute the food.
“People ought to be aware that there are some people in our area who have this mentality,” Robertson said. “Hiding it doesn’t heal it. You have to face it in order to heal it. There is evil out there, but we want to have it overcome with good, and glorify the Lord.”
A wave of hate crimes and race-driven violence has been plaguing the country in the weeks since Donald Trump clenched the presidency. The president-elect has called upon his racist supporters to “stop it,” however, he opened Pandora’s Box, which does not easily close.
While hate and racism are nothing new, Trump and his camp are responsible for normalizing it. As these heartbreaking incidents continue to unfold and race relations worsen, the future of our “United” States looks bleak.
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