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Church Sign Gets National Attention for Attacking Black People Who Vote for Trump, 'Mental Illness'

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Birmingham, Alabama, is home to the New Era Baptist Church, and the New Era Baptist Church is home to a highly controversial sign that has received national attention for its political and racial overtones.

Pastor Michael Jordan told local station WZDX-TV that he meant for the sign to prompt voters to pick a candidate other than President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election.

“God motivates me to take a stand for what’s right,” Jordan said. “Read the Bible and look in the White House. If they call me a racist, look in the White House.”

One side of the sign declares that “a black vote for Trump is mental illness.”

The reverse side says, “a white vote for Trump is pure racism.”

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Jordan, who is African-American, said voting for Trump supports “institutionalized racism.”



Jordan did not explain how a vote for Trump supports institutionalized racism — or even how he defines the term.

According to The Hill, local Trump supporter Daxton Kirk said people “should not be able to come into a building and feel like you are hated or diversified just because you came here to worship the Lord.”

Do you think the church should replace its sign?

According to WZDX, Kirk has reached out to city hall and his congressional representative about the sign.

Let’s conduct the if-the-shoe-were-on-the-other-foot test. Consider what would happen if things were reversed and a white pastor commissioned a church sign saying white people voting for a black man are mentally ill.

That sign would be all over every single news outlet in America. Experts on race (whatever that means) would be paraded out to talk about white privilege, institutionalized racism (again, whatever that means), America’s centuries-long love affair with slavery (it’ll never be mentioned that we and the British stamped out slavery in the developed world) and reparations.

Frankly, a sign like that ought to get savaged. Voting based on race is not only stupid, but it’s also definitionally racist.

You know what else? Conservatives would be the first to condemn a sign like that. Overwhelmingly, conservatives hate racism. First, it’s antithetical to conservative ideals such as all men being created equal and being treated equally before the law. It’s unjust, uncivil and indecent. Conservatives believe in justice, civility and basic decency.

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Second, conservatives get accused of being racist almost as often as conservatives blink their eyes. That makes us especially sensitive to any whiff of racism that wafts near us and motivated to crush it when we see it trying to infect our ranks.

Racism, sadly, allows leftists to carry on with identity politics, a tool they use to pit Americans against each other and create voting blocks to keep them in power.

Far from seeking to unite the country, the left wants to split the country apart, encouraging tribalism and sowing the seeds of hate. That can be an effective political strategy (and lucrative for the hustlers too), but the problem is that the tribalism it creates can be deadly.

The history of man is tribal, and the history of man’s tribes is bloody. Tribalism doesn’t promote understanding and peace. It promotes conflict.

Is it any wonder that tea party movement events have always been peaceful but antifa rallies are violent? That tells you pretty much everything you need to know.

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Josh Manning is deputy managing editor, assignment, at The Western Journal. He holds a masters in public policy from Harvard University and has a background in higher education.
Josh Manning grew up outside of Memphis, TN and developed a love of history, politics, and government studies thanks to a life-changing history and civics teacher named Mr. McBride.

He holds an MPP from Harvard University and a BA from Lyon College, a small but distinguished liberal arts college where he also served as an interim vice president.

While in school he did everything possible to confront, discomfit, and drive ivy league liberals to their knees.

After a number of years working in academe, he moved to digital journalism and opinion. Since that point, he has held various leadership positions at The Western Journal and now serves as editor-at-large.

He's married to a gorgeous blonde who played in the 1998 NCAA women's basketball championship game, and he has two pre-teens who hate doing dishes more than poison. He makes life possible for two boxers -- "Hank" Rearden Manning and "Tucker" Carlson Manning -- and a pitbull named Nikki Haley "Gracie" Manning.
Education
MPP from Harvard University, BA from Lyon College
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English, tiny fragments of college French
Topics of Expertise
Writing, politics, Christianity, social media curation, higher education, firearms




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