What happened to my America? This past week the underbelly of America took center stage; our original sin of racism. As I read history books I often wonder how can the human heart justify, participate and benefit from the whip of slavery and bondage.

How can one stand in the crowd to view the lynching of countless black people without a trial, due process or even an explanation? How can we watch the excessive senseless killings of unarmed black people at the hands of men who promise to protect and serve? What motivates a person to allow it to occur and yet say nothing?

How did Hitler convince more than half of his nation that people of Jewish ancestry of all ages should be exterminated?

I witnessed just how that mindset of subtle hatred begins with the horrific chants of “Send Them Back!” at the North Carolina rally this past week. I totally gasped at the scene. And yet I am mystified that some white American Christian pastors are silent while they hungrily court people of color to join their churches as their congregations dwindle. Where is the moral leadership? Is the “Send them back” chant something that Jesus would say?

We are living in the first unchurched generation in America and this pattern of divisive speech is dangerous in a culture that is more and more God-less. The Civil Rights Movement proved successful because it appealed to the hearts of Christian believers of all hues. We must not allow our leaders to make us forget our faith or trade it in for a silver dollar.

For Christians, we must not forget our cross and barter it for an emboldened American flag. Racists told Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth and Martin Luther King to “Go Back to Africa!” So common was the slogan that the Klu Klux Klan used it regularly to intimidate people of color. It was a racist tactic to demean or make native-born Americans feel like they were un-American, unpatriotic and unwanted.

The slogan goes back to the early years of American history when the question of citizenship for African Americans was fiercely debated but yet finally accepted with the addition of the 14th Amendment. The 14th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified on July 9, 1868, and granted citizenship to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States,” which included former slaves recently freed.

If the Christian pulpit remains silent on this issue of racism, I believe the blood will be on their hands and a Christian revival will not take place where hate, apathy and indifference resides. Racism is sinful. So while some unchurched, non-believing Americans are spreading hate, people of faith must draw a line and use this opportunity to bring peace, love and understanding.

Christian scripture says “We must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). We must not lose our witness or testimony in a world that needs the message of the Cross more than ever.

Kimberley Yancy lives in La Marque.

(66) comments

Bailey Jones

Racism in America has always been predicated on Christianity. The fight against slavery, racism, and for equal opportunity and justice has also always been predicated on Christianity. Trump was elected by Christians. So was Obama. How about we just own our own principles and prejudices rather than try to justify them with something as morally ambiguous as religion?

Carlos Ponce

".....the horrific chants of 'Send Them Back!' at the North Carolina rally this past week." Not quite but close. It was "Send Her Back!" So I doubt if Kimberly Yancy viewed the actual rally. Still, is that a "racist" chant? No references to race in that chant. They could have meant send her back to her her home in Minnesota away from Washington DC. In other words, don't re-elect her. Look at the chant in context: "So representative Omar blamed the United States for the terrorist attacks on our country. Saying that terrorism is a reaction to our involvement in other peoples’ affairs. She smeared U.S. Service members involved in Black Hawk down. In other words, she slandered the brave Americans were trying to keep peace in Somalia. Omar minimized the September 11th attacks on our Homeland saying 'some people did something'. I don’t think so. ‘Some people did something.’ Yeah, some people did something, all right. She pleaded for compassion for ISIS recruits attempting to join the terrorist organizations. Omar laughed that Americans speak about al Qaeda in a menacing tone and remarked that you don’t say America with this intensity. You say al Qaeda, it makes you proud. al Qaeda makes you proud! You don’t speak that way about America. And at a press conference just this week, when asked whether she supported al Qaeda, that’s our enemy — that’s our enemy. They are a very serious problem, that we take care of what they always seem to come along somewhere. She refused to answer. She didn’t want to give an answer to that question. Omar blamed the United States for the crisis in Venezuela. Think of that one. Think of that one. And she looks down with contempt on the hardworking Americans saying that ignorance is pervasive in many parts of this country. [Female audience member shouts "Send her Back] And obviously, and importantly, Omar has a history of launching vicious anti-Semitic screens. [More join the chant "Send her back!"] She talked about the 'evil Israel', and it’s all about the Benjamin’s. Not a good thing to say. So that’s Omar. That’s Omar. And by the way, many other things, all you have to do is press the right button on your beautiful screen and you'll see things... you didn't hear this over the last few days. Did you hear anyone talking about her? Her colleague Representative Rashida Tlaib agreed with Omar's characterization of 9/11 and said that members of Congress who support Israel forgot what country they represent. And Tlaib also used the F word to describe the presidency and your president. That’s not nice, even for me. She was describing the President of the United States and the presidency with the big fat vicious, the way she said it, vicious F-word. That’s not somebody that loves our country. Representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez - Check out her scores, by the way, with her green New Deal. The green New Deal, where did that come from? She has conducted outrageous attacks against men and women of law enforcement. She compared American border agents managing a humanitarian crisis, that I always said was a humanitarian crisis, that I always said was a humanitarian crisis, and they said it was manufactured. They don’t say it was manufactured and we are stopping it. And I want to think Mexico. They’ve got 21,000 21,000 soldiers now stopping people from coming into our country. But Cortez — somebody says that’s not her name. They said ‘That’s not her name, sir.’ I said no, I don’t know. I don’t have time to go with three different names. We will call her Cortez. It takes too much time. So Cortez also said essentially Nazis are running concentration camps. And when Mike Pence went down just a few days ago with members of Congress and the media and you look at those so-called ‘Horrible concentration camps’ he said ‘Wow, these places are clean. Wow, they have air conditioning, they have water."

Emile Pope

Garbage. Enough said...

Keith Gray

And for the most overused word in 2019.... and the winner is Racism....

Carlos Ponce

It is evident elaboration is not Emile's forte. Everything he disagrees with becomes "garbage." [rolleyes]

Steve Fouga

Nor is brevity Carlos’s forte. [wink]

Kimberley Jones Yancy

Carlos, you don’t have to call a person the N-word to make them feel like one..... It is simply wrong and has racist overtones and implications.

Carlos Ponce

Racist overtones? Seems like Donald Trump was following Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream to judge people not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. Are you of the belief that "women of color" are above scrutiny? No "racial overtones" here. Just political rhetoric.

Jim Forsythe

These are just a few examples of how Trumps thinks.----------------------------------------- "John O’Donnell, who had been president of Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. O’Donnell quoted Trump saying,“ Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys wearing yarmulkes… Those are the only kind of people I want counting my money. Nobody else…Besides that, I tell you something else. I think that’s guy’s lazy. And it’s probably not his fault because laziness is a trait in blacks."---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A telling moment arose during a 1993 Congressional committee hearing on gambling casino operated by Indian tribes. Trump, who considered the tribes competitors, offered a flourish of insensitivity during his testimony when he said, “They don’t look like Indians to me and they don’t look like Indians to Indians.” ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "Whether he’s mocking Chinese businesspeople with broken English, contorting his body to make fun of a disabled reporter, or calling out to “my African American,” again and again, Trump has provoked anxiety and played to racial divisions. Joe Scarborough, a lifelong Republican and host of the Morning Joe TV show called Trump’s remarks about Judge Curiel “completely racist.”

Carlos Ponce

Jim, there is a darn good reason why "hearsay" is inadmissible in court. None of what you post is substantiated.

Jim Forsythe

If one can not believe Congressional committee hearing records , a quote from a person or the first hand account from a person, than nothing will satisfy you. Make sure you never quote someone or use records in any of your post ,if this is not good enough for you!---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The first one would not be hearsay as Trump himself said it before a Congressional committee hearing and it is the records.---------- Trump said this in a 1993 Congressional committee hearing “They don’t look like Indians to me and they don’t look like Indians to Indians."--------------------- This is a quote from Joe Scarborough.---------- Joe Scarborough called Trump’s remarks about Judge Curiel “completely racist.”--------------------------- John O’Donnell would back up the next one, as he said it.-------- John O’Donnell,quoted Trump saying,“ Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys wearing yarmulkes… Those are the only kind of people I want counting my money. Nobody else…Besides that, I tell you something else. I think that’s guy’s lazy. And it’s probably not his fault because laziness is a trait in blacks."-

Carlos Ponce

"the first hand account from a person"..... Some people lie, some people add their own interpretation to what someone says. What someone says "evolves" over TIME to something they really did not say.

Carlos Ponce

“They don’t look like Indians to me and they don’t look like Indians to Indians." That's just an observation, nothing racist about it. The Hearing was on MAFIA controlled casinos, casinos that should have been owned and operated by Native Americans. The Hearing was held by Bill Richardson (D-NM), chairman of the House subcommittee on Indian Affairs. At issue was a proposed law to allow state governors to prohibit Indian gaming. The bill was sponsored by Senators Harry Reid (D-NV), Richard Bryan (D-NV) and Reps. Bill Bilbray (D-NV) and Barbara Vucanovich (R-NV). Trump testified, "Organized crime is rampant on the Indian Reservations." Representative Robert Torricelli (D-NJ) cited "22 serious allegations" of wrongdoing on Indian gaming operations, some involving ties to organized crime. [European Stars and Stripes October 7, 1993, page 12] “They don’t look like Indians to me and they don’t look like Indians to Indians." was an observation backed by evidence provided by Rep.Robert Torricelli (D-NJ) - NOT a racist statement.

Jim Forsythe

“They don’t look like Indians to me and they don’t look like Indians to Indians" is racist to most people, including the Pequot nation .------------- Trump went on to accuse Native Americans of working with the Mafia. He argued that “it will be the biggest scandal since Al Capone and it will destroy the gambling industry.” He added that “it’s obvious that organized crime is rampant on the Indian reservations.” His remarks were so incendiary that the FBI actually had to issue a statement saying that they found no such evidence that any Indian casinos ever had mob ties. What can we attribute such remarks to then besides blatant racism?

Carlos Ponce

“They don’t look like Indians to me and they don’t look like Indians to Indians" is racist to most people, claims Jim Forsythe. No it is not. You will find many Leftist sites claiming so but these came out AFTER Trump announced his candidacy. Back in 1993, NO NEWSPAPER, NO NEWS SOURCE claimed it was "racist" - not until 2015. That's VERY telling. Look at the dates WAPO - July 1, 2016, Huffington - June 27, 2016, LATimes - June 17, 2016. It's not racist.

Carlos Ponce

Jim, do you find the following "racist"? - "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American [Barack Obama] who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy." "You cannot go to a 7-11 or Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian Accent."

Kimberley Jones Yancy

Racism is not political it’s sinful. Our highest office in the land is divisive and it’s creating hostile environments locally for some people of color. An American Presidents words have power. But of course if your physical phenotypes are not similar to African or Latino descent you might not have to endure this upgraded hostility that has come out of the closet with the election and stroking of our current President. It’s a new day when racists get to define what racism is. Smh...

Carlos Ponce

The overuse and abuse of the term "racism" is VERY Political today. Is there racism today ? Yes. Is the current president racist? NO.

Wayne Holt

There are a lot of positive points I agree with in your message, Ms. Yancy, but I would offer this, as a white person speaking to an African-American: I know racism does exist, that we all (white, black and brown) have long-held ideas about other races that were part of our upbringing but don't reflect the reality of folks of other races and that we will be a lot better nation when everyone is respected as a human being no matter what skin color they have. However, I think most white folks hear that chant as a reaction against ingratitude, and not a reaction against race. It is the ingratitude of a person who would never, in a million years, be allowed to reach a similar position of influence in her home country, within a religion that does not permit women to have anything near the freedom and encouragement to grow as a human being as in our culture that is ostensibly Christian. "Send her back" not because of her color, but because of her non-stop anti-American tirade. America has much it needs to answer for in how it has conducted itself. But the tedium of her unending recitation of American shortcomings, in comparison to what she would be facing if she had never arrived here, is too much for most Americans to accept. Witness, too, the near-celebrity minority members enjoy if they publicly support the president; they are welcomed with open arms and lauded. True racists would not care one whit, but most Deplorables are openly pleased when minorities turn away from the Left. Seeing racism for what it is and what it has done requires us not to cheapen the term the way it has been in the last few years. Those of us who grew up seeing the images of the Selma March know what fanatical race hatred is. Don't trade the potential for transformation such images empower by labeling simple indignation toward a person of color as racism.

Bailey Jones

How long must a foreign born citizen live here before she earns that most American of rights - the right to criticize? Or is that right reserved for 2nd or 3rd gen citizens? I can think of at least one 3rd generation American who based his entire political career on criticism of the US - and none too subtle criticism at that. I understand the emotion behind the argument about ingratitude, but I don't buy it on principle. The notion that someone who sacrificed everything to come here is somehow less entitled to the rights of citizenship than any of us who have done absolutely nothing except be born here, sounds a little too much like entitlement. It also invokes memories of the old racist trope, "blacks should quit complaining about civil rights and be happy they're here and not in Africa." Ilhan Omar's life and story are quintessentially American. She could have come to America and become a doctor, or opened a corner Quikie Mart (to trot out a couple of stereotypes) or even a millionaire real estate developer. But she decided instead to choose a live a public service, righting the wrongs she sees in her community. I respect that. Whoever holds our highest public office should respect that as well.

Carlos Ponce

"How long must a foreign born citizen live here before she earns that most American of rights - the right to criticize?" That person has Freedom of Speech while on American soil- citizenship not needed. When that speech is hateful, anti-Jewish, anti-Semitic, anti-American, etc. then we have the right to "criticize" that person in return. To say that person has the right to criticize but we cannot criticize in return is plain WRONG.

Bailey Jones

Carlos - "To say that person has the right to criticize but we cannot criticize in return is plain WRONG." That's probably why no one has ever questioned your right to criticize her.

Wayne Holt

Bailey, we should revisit the initial thrust of Ms. Yancy's post, which was that the chant was racist at heart. I disagree and felt it was about ingratitude, not skin color. Ms. Omar may criticize America to her heart's content, and crowds of Americans may find that distasteful and loudly let her know that...but the fact that they do does not, in any logical sense, automatically make them all racists. If we're using the trope of exile to define racism, I wonder what we would make of the MANY calls on these boards for COM's Michael Smith to leave America, made in much harsher and direct terms. It's not about the color of his skin and I maintain it isn't about Ms. Omar's skin color, either. Making it a racial issue not only detracts from the instances of real racism in America, it ultimately makes it impossible to even discuss issues she may raise.

Carlos Ponce

Bailey posts, "That's probably why no one has ever questioned your right to criticize her." Are you kidding?

Bailey Jones

Wayne, if Trump had a a record of ever using this particular slogan against anyone who isn't a woman of color, then I might be inclined to accept that rationale. But he doesn't. But regardless of the intent - and I imagine his intent is simply to be leading the next news cycle, regardless of that, I hear it as a racist chant, and it offends me. I hear it as a racist chant because I have only known it to be used against non-whites. If Trump was any kind of a statesman, or was culturally literate, or knew anything about the past 70 years that didn't involve him personally, or had any self awareness, or empathy - or even if he had none of these but had the political savvy to pretend like he did, he would not have said something that anyone could see would be interpreted as racist. He would have responded the way real presidents always have, "I disagree with what you said, and here are my reasons why." Of course that wouldn't have made a very good chant.

Bailey Jones

Wayne, There's a kind of delicious irony in the fact that Omar's remark about support for Israel among US lawmakers being “all about the Benjamins,” (a statement that doesn't mention Jews, and could be applied to any politician's support of anything, yet is considered by Jews to be antisemitic based on its prior use) while Trump's tweets can't be racist because they don't mention race. [cool] That's probably a good place for me to stop. I have grand kids coming for the weekend and cookies to bake.

Don Schlessinger

[thumbup]

Gary Scoggin

Another Carlos Ponce deflection....

Carlos Ponce

No deflection, just common sense.

Dan Freeman

'"Ethnic slurs and other verbal or physical conduct because of nationality are illegal if they are severe or pervasive and create an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment, interfere with work performance, or negatively affect job opportunities. Examples of potentially unlawful conduct include insults, taunting, or ethnic epithets, such as making fun of a person's foreign accent or comments like, "Go back to where you came from, " whether made by supervisors or by co-workers.' https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/publications/immigrants-facts.cfm President Trump did not immediately demand the chant to stop. This is abhorrent behavior by the leader of the world's greatest liberal democracy.

Carlos Ponce

"President Trump did not immediately demand the chant to stop." When it first started, it stopped on its own. When it continued, he spoke louder to override the chant, mere SECONDS after it started. What did you want? "Send.." "STOP IT! STOP IT! ? That's not realistic.

Dan Freeman

A true hero, John McCain, knew how a leader reacts: http://www.startribune.com/friday-in-lakeville-mccain-tamps-down-hostility/30747614/ No wonder Trump disliked him.

Carlos Ponce

No wonder why John McCain lost his presidential bid in 2008.[innocent]

Jim Forsythe

It's easy to see why Trump did not like John McCain. Any person that had people running against him and felt this way "Responding to repeated questions about Obama's truthfulness and personal background, McCain urged backers at a packed gym at Lakeville South High School to be "respectful" toward his opponent." is a very good person. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ “He’s not a war hero,” said Trump. “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.” Trump was not captured in his own Vietnam, so he was a hero in the STD war. “You know, if you’re young, and in this era, and if you have any guilt about not having gone to Vietnam, we have our own Vietnam — it’s called the dating game,” “Dating is like being in Vietnam. You’re the equivalent of a soldier going over to Vietnam.” " Trump bragged about his promiscuous lifestyle while single and stated that men who didn’t go to Vietnam didn’t need to feel guilty because dating during the AIDS epidemic in the ’80s was also dangerous." -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- An American Hero, who was totally dedicated to being an American first. John McCain, a serviceman in wartime who was five year prisoner of war to the Vietnamese, a survivor, an elected statesman for his home state of Arizona….a true American. Like the military leaders of World War II, a true American. History will set aside a lot of politics and all can honor John McCain.

Gary Scoggin

Donald Trump's POW comments directed at John McCain were dispicable. (I can't wait for the Trump apologists try to defend them.)

Carlos Ponce

"It's easy to see why Trump did not like John McCain." The man PROMISED his constituents, the Republican party and President Trump he would vote for the American Healthcare Act. Hi thumbs down on the Senate floor said it all.

Carlos Ponce

"Donald Trump's POW comments directed at John McCain" were given AFTER McCain gave unkind criticism of Trump in 2015. 2008-McCain sought financial help for his presidential campaign in the primaries and asked Trump for aid. Trump gave. 2015- McCain disagreed with Trump's speech announcing his candidacy.McCain said Trump “fired up the crazies.”

Jim Forsythe

Sen. John McCain stated " We should not make the mistakes of the past." and voted against the bill because he refused to be bulled into voting against what he believed.-------------------- It was not a surprise to Trump that Sen. John McCain voted no. Sen. John McCain voted the way his support's wanted and did not voted yes, just because Trump said so. Sen. John McCain and three other Republicans decided what was best for the people they represent, and would not just vote for what the President wanted.------------------- "The Arizona Republican was in his private office in late July when Trump called to rally him to the cause.“I said, ‘I thank you, Mr. President, for your involvement,”“But I said, ‘I cannot vote for something called skinny repeal. I can’t do it. I didn’t even see the bill until today. I mean, this is insanity. I appreciate the call and now I have to go vote, and I’m sorry, ’” McCain said he told the commander-in-chief during the phone call.------- "In a statement explaining his vote at the time, McCain recalled Republicans’ criticism that Obama’s Affordable Care Act never got a full hearing before being passed by Congress.“I’ve stated time and time again that one of the major failures of ObamaCare was that it was rammed through Congress by Democrats on a strict party-line basis without a single Republican vote,” . “We should not make the mistakes of the past.”

Jim Forsythe

Trump dishonoring a American was hero's is not acceptable. Trump was wanting to be the leader of the military and acted this way.------------ "Trump has a long history of controversial comments toward members of the American armed forces. This included mocking Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., for being a POW in Vietnam, feuding with the parents of Army Capt. Humayun Khan who was killed in Iraq and discussing his political quarrels with the media at a speech before the Central Intelligence Agency’s wall of stars." Also "He knew what he signed up for . but when it happens it hurts anyway," Trump told Myeshia Johnson, whose husband, Sgt. La David T. Johnson, died in Niger, according to the Miami Herald. Johnson is pregnant with the couple's third child; they already have a 2-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter." Others that did not agree with Trump and Carlos.------------ “Enough with the slanderous attacks,” Jeb Bush tweeted. “@SenJohnMcCain and all our veterans - particularly POWs have earned our respect and admiration.” -------- “John McCain is an American hero. I have nothing but respect for his service to our country,” tweeted Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. “After Donald Trump spends six years in a POW camp, he can weigh in on John McCain’s service,” he added in a second tweet. -----------”.@SenJohnMcCain is an American hero & all POW’s deserve our nation’s highest debt of gratitude. @realDonaldTrump’s comments are disgraceful,” tweeted former Texas Gov. Rick Perry. ---------- “As a fellow veteran I respect @SenJohnMcCain because he volunteered to serve his country. I cannot say the same about Mr. @realDonaldTrump,” Perry added. He then called in a statement for Trump to drop out of the race.----- South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a close friend of McCain’s, tweeted, “If there was ever any doubt that @realDonaldTrump should not be our commander in chief, this stupid statement should end all doubt.” He added: “At the heart of @realDonaldTrump statement is a lack of respect for those who have served - a disqualifying characteristic to be president.” ------- At a campaign event in Sioux City, Iowa, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker called McCain “an American hero.” At a press gaggle afterwards, he said of Trump, “I unequivocally denounce him.”

Jim Forsythe

Trump dishonoring a American war hero's is not acceptable. Trump was wanting to be the leader of the military and acted this way.

Carlos Ponce

McCain turned his back on someone who helped him out during the 2008 primaries.

Jim Forsythe

Sen. John McCain did not turn his back on Trump until he went on his trail of accusing others.. Sen. John McCain refused to support the stuff that Trump was putting out.------- Carlos if you want to agree about Trumps stand on Sen. John McCain military service do so. If you want to agree with Trumps talk about Women, go ahead. If you want to agree about Trumps action against people that do not look like him, go ahead. If you want a President that's degrades fellow citizens, that's your business.------------- Trump’s behavior was petty and un presidential, but more importantly, it reveals the kind of human being that Donald Trump is. John McCain was far from perfect, he loved his country which was a source of pride. ------- June 30, 2015: Two weeks after Trump announced his presidential candidacy in a speech widely criticized for calling Mexican immigrants "rapists" and drug runners, McCain put distance between himself and the celebrity billionaire. "I just disagree with his comments about the, quote, Mexicans," McCain told The Arizona Republic after he held a town-hall-style event at CAE Aviation Academy Phoenix at Mesa's Falcon Field airport.----------. July 18, 2015: The feud really exploded when Trump, at a Saturday event in Iowa, disparaged McCain's service during the Vietnam War. Trump, who did not serve in Vietnam, said McCain was “a war hero because he was captured” and that he liked “people that weren’t captured.” McCain, a former Navy aviator who was shot down in 1967 and held as a P.O.W. for more than five years, was defended by groups such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Military Officers Association of America, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and Concerned Veterans for America.----------------- Aug. 10, 2015: McCain, who had been trying to keep out of a running feud with Trump, criticized Trump over comments about Fox News personality Megyn Kelly, a debate moderator who had clashed with Trump. McCain denounced Trump's comments, which were widely derided as sexist, as offensive. --------------- McCain, R-Ariz., ended it Oct. 8 by withdrawing his support for Trump the day after news broke of a 2005 recording of Trump talking about women in crude and vulgar ways, and even seeming to trivialize sexually groping them. "When Mr. Trump attacks women and demeans the women in our nation and in our society, that is a point where I just have to part company," McCain explained Monday during the only debate of his U.S. Senate race against U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz. "It's not pleasant for me to renounce the nominee of my party; he won the nomination fair and square. But I have daughters. I have friends. I have so many wonderful people on my staff. They cannot be degraded and demeaned in that fashion."-------- March 3, 2016: McCain joined Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee, in beating up Trump. McCain focused on foreign policy. At the time, McCain aides pointed out that he'd also taken Trump to task over Trump's attitude toward Muslims, Trump's support for torture, and Trump's approving remarks about Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Carlos Ponce

Jim, let the man rest in peace.

Gary Scoggin

The Trump apologists never fail to disappoint.

Carlos Ponce

Gary, let the man rest in peace.

Jim Forsythe

Gary you called it, "Donald Trump's POW comments directed at John McCain were dispicable. (I can't wait for the Trump apologists try to defend them.)"

Charles Douglas

There has been good and evil in this world since Lucifer took it on himself to rebell against the creator of the world and the universe. This will continue until Christ comes with all of his to set up a new heaven and a new earth. Somehow there are many among us who expect America to be a UTOPIAN society with everybody loving everybody else with no hatred, selfishness, covetousness or greed present! That will never happen! In this world..YOU will have tribulation....but be of good cheer for I have overcome the world. ( John 16:33 ). However, ..Woe to them who call evil good and good evil, darkness for light and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter. ( Isaiah 5:20 ). The thief cometh not but for to steal, kill, and to destroy; I am come that they might have life; and that they might have it more abundantly. ( John 10:10 ). In her Op-ed Ms Yancy mention that racism is a sin. True, and so is ABORTION! Which is worse, Racism, or ABORTION? I hear the Left crying about racism and they will deal the race card from the bottom of the deck at the drop of a hat! When you step out in the world, one should be ready for what the world comes with! In reference to her words comcerning this nation's flag, I fought the Vietcong under that flag, with life and limb on the line. I resent some benched NFL second string QB disrespecting it who has no true understand of what it means nor what it took from hundreds of thousands of citizens alive and dead to preserve it, and this country which he does not appreciate! I grew up doing JIM CROW, DISCRIMINATIONS, SEGREGATION, and I entered COLORED ONLY DOORS TOO! What bothers me is with the abundance of opportunities and advances African-Americans enjoy today, they are minimized by what a few bad individuals who have no self control are perpetuating in our society! There are no all good races and no all bad races because "POBODY IS NERFECT!" I for one am proud to be an American, and I've put up with many Presidents who were far from perfect, ...and I will put up with, and support this one TOO! 1 Corinthians 13 says love will always conquer hate! Hate cannot stop hate, but love will because it NEVER FAILS!

Kimberley Jones Yancy

Racism is sinful and so is abortion according to the Christian Faith. Sin is still sin in the eyes of God. If we strive for perfection we will catch excellence.

Carlos Ponce

I agree with Kimberley Jones Yancy on this: "Racism is sinful and so is abortion according to the Christian Faith." We all know what abortion is. There is a problem that "racism" is being used willy-nilly. True racism is sinful. But you should not use the term just because you disagree with someone or want to draw attention. You become another Jussie Smollett.

Carlos Ponce

Planned Parenthood was founded by Margaret Sanger whose goal was to eliminate " undesirables" from American society including Blacks. Now that's true Racism. "On average, 1,876 black babies are aborted every day in the United States." http://www.blackgenocide.org/black.html "More than 19 million Black babies have been aborted since the 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision legalized abortion in our country." https://rtl.org/multicultural-outreach/black-abortion-statistics/ "According to the CDC report, the rate of abortion among African-American women is far higher than among white American women. While black women make up only six percent of the U.S. population, they account for 35 percent of abortions reported." https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/cdc-statistics-indicate-abortion-rate-continues-to-be-higher-among-minoriti IN New York City: "There were 6,570 more abortions than live births of black children. In total, there were 73,815 abortions, which means the 31,328 black babies aborted comprised 42.4% of the total abortions. For Hispanic women, there were 22,917 abortions in New York City in 2012, which is 31% of the total abortions." https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/michael-w-chapman/nyc-more-black-babies-killed-abortion-born Now, the numbers from these different sites vary because the source data is from different years, different sources. But even if you take the LEAST amount one can see the genocide that is occurring. I do not understand why anyone still votes for a party that condones TRUE RACISM - the extinction of Blacks in this country.

Charles Douglas

I agree with Ms. Yancy also, that sin is sin. My point is that we have a common enemy in this world and it's inhabitants are in a struggle between good and evil! We...all of us have to make a choice as to who we are and where we will line up!!! We will have to choose between being a VICTOR and being a VICTIM! We all are not going in the same direction, and that is obvious. Me personally, I try to move forward, instead of being a product of my past. The Apostle Paul said in Philippians 3:13, "Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before. I don't have the time or inclination to be bitter and angry about the devil's work. I however, make time to deal with it, destroying it by helping the poor, feeding the hungry, and spreading the word whenever possible. This is a tainted world to be sure, but as Christians we should be able to overcome the deceit, and deceptions of the devil, and still be proud of our flag and our great country called America! Christians of all groups cannot afford to be apathetic, and lay down! We are obligated to rise up in our justification and be who we are called to be, possess what we are called to possess, and DO, what we are called to DO! Remember this, slavery came to, ..and survived in America in part because the CHURCH remained quiet!!!!!

Charles Douglas

Now, I would ask that you send your offerings to GDN ...to be sent to the Potter's House on I45!! I want hear that offering bucket clink!!!!

Charles Douglas

I still want those offerings to pour in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jarvis Buckley

Nice hair😀

Charles Douglas

Jarvis, you got it right, ....it is bushy and white as snow! Lolo.

Miceal O'Laochdha

"...my America..." BUT "...our original sin...". The choice of possessive modifiers is interesting. I wonder how the author of this column views Liberia? When considering the history of slavery in the US and the concept of "send them back", perhaps the 200-year-old country of Liberia could offer some historical perspective?

Kimberley Jones Yancy

I hope you do understand the history of Liberia and the effects of unique colonialism imposed upon it.

Miceal O'Laochdha

I spent a fair amount of time in Buchannan and Monrovia in the 1970's Ms. Yancy; do you also have extensive personal experience there?

Randy Chapman

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Charles Hughes

Kim I don't understand why you all debate with some of these people.Don" you all read these comments daily?If so you wouldn't suprised at the defense of bigotry and racism that takes placed.And its not colorblind either.I guess its the new norm for some.Its becoming a scary time in this country because its so openly accepted and defended.But the positive thing about it is people are being revealed everyday, makes it easier to know who you dealing with.It worries me sometimes ,But I remember what your father in law Rev.W.C Yancy always used to say to the congregation.No matter what happens God is still in control.Imay not see it get better but I'll hold on to that belief.As Proverbs16:18 says,Pride goes before destruction,And a haughty spirit before a fall. Rememeber everybody here Jesus loves you and so do I.

Charles Douglas

John McCain,.. American hero huh? I won't rain on him because he was a vet and now he is gone. However, if Trump did him wrong he should have been a man and paid Trump back like a man, and not hurt hundreds of thousands of Americans by voting no on legislations he should have stood with Republicans on. Jim you are entitled to your opinion though! I'll tell you who one of my heroes is, he was one of my training sergeants who KILLED a North Vietnamese Major in hand to hand combat while serving in the Mekong Delta in 1968 during the TET OFFENSIVE! Actually he killed the man with a bayonet on his M16 assault weapon, with a short thrust series to the chest while the Major came at him with a long thrust series!! ( you have to be in perfect rhythm before engaging the enemy, and better step off with the right foot based on the one the enemy stepped off with! ) Sergeant Carter I called him. He took a Chicon 47 automatic rifle off the dead man as a keep sake!!! NOW that is my kind of hero!

Jim Forsythe

Are you against Sen. John McCain because of his service to our country or his vote on Obama care? His stated the reason he voted no was this. “I’ve stated time and time again that one of the major failures of Obama Care was that it was rammed through Congress by Democrats on a strict party-line basis without a single Republican vote,” . “We should not make the mistakes of the past.” Were you upset when the Democrats voted a strict party-line basis? As far as killing Obama care, what is in place, to take it's place?

Charles Douglas

Jim, come on Jimmmmm! I stated that because he was a vet that I would give him that....did I not? I did! I also stated that because he had expired I would not vilify him....didn't I? However, his stated self-proclaim status as a maverick ( RHINO )....REPUBLICAN IN NAME ONLY....did not endear me to him! That is what I'm saying Jim. Let me put it like this in military terms, and even McCain would appreciate this line of thinking, ....when you are engaged, with an opponent one needs to know if the man next to him is with him or with the opponent! McCain many times would do the same thing internationally as John Kerry is doing now with the Iran deal, behind the back of whoever was in charge! One Prrsident at a time Jim. If you can't be a President,.....be the best senator you can be.

Jim Forsythe

John McCain was a Senator from 1987 until death. He must have been doing the job that Arizona wanted to be reelected so many times. John McCain was a Republican that did not follow the far right, but that did not make him any less a American! Have we got to the point that a Senator can not vote the way they think is right? He stated why he would not vote for that bill without debate and was requesting that it not be rammed through Congress. If it had been debated, he may have voted for it, but he told them ahead of time it would be thumbs down, without debate Randy , were the other 3 Republican's that vote the same as John McCain, RHINO'S?

Charles Douglas

John McCain was an American, so are you, so am I! Charlie Manson was also an American. Lolo. You just quoted why McCain was a maverick, and he took pride in throwing a monkey wrench in Republican operations. Arizona is free to feel anyway they want to about him, that does not mean it should be the same everywhere!

Jim Forsythe

Sorry, it should have been, Charles , were the other 3 Republican's that vote the same as John McCain, RHINO'S?

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