I remember on April 4, 1968, as a 9 year old in Memphis, Tennessee, watching my parents’ black and white television as the National Guard was called into action on the night that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated.
I remember, after a Civil Defense Announcement came on ordering National Guard members to gather at the Armory, that President Lyndon Johnson came on National Television to make the announcement of Dr. King’s death.
I remember a feeling of helplessness and of fear, as a nine-year-old, that I had not felt before.
It wasn’t just the fact that we were living in Midtown Memphis, that made me afraid.
It wasn’t just the fact of the out-of-control violence itself that caused my consternation. It was watching my beloved Hometown on the verge of going up in flames.
As I am writing this, it is now January 27, 2023, and I am watching my hometown once again on the verge of bursting into flames.
As you may know, a young Black man named Tyre Nichols was recently savagely beaten by 5 Black Memphis Policemen after running from them during a traffic stop.
The young man died two days later as a result of that beating.
The incident quickly became a featured story on all of the television news channels.
After suspending, firing, indicting, and jailing the officers involved, the local authorities decided that tonight (Friday) would be appropriate to release the video taken from the body cams of the 5 police officers on youtube.com.
It’s almost as if they wanted a repeat of that awful night so many years ago.
Right now, protesters, paid and unpaid, have blocked off the I-55 Bridge that crosses the Mississippi River linking Tennessee and Arkansas.
These protesters are handing out professionally produced pamphlets.
Meanwhile, “protests” are being held in Democrat-run cities like Atlanta and Seattle.
I am experiencing a feeling of deja vu…and it’s not just from that awful night in 1968.
It’s also from the Antifa/BLM “Summer of Riots” in 2020.
If you don’t believe that these “protests” have all been organized by the same people for political purposes, you haven’t been paying attention.
I don’t believe that this was the “dream” that Dr. King spoke so eloquently about.
God protect us.
Until He Comes,