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700 Club Interactive - Race Rights - April 8, 2016

Race tensions, football and faith….hear about the real life struggles of integration at Woodlawn High School. Read Transcript


Gordon: A TOWN TORN

APART.

BIRMINGHAM HAS BECOME

KNOWN AS "BOMBINGHAM."

Gordon: DUE TO RACIAL

TENSION...

THE KIDS IN SCHOOL, THE

WHITE KIDS HAVE NEVER BEEN

AROUND BLACK PEOPLE, AND

THE BLACK KIDS HAVE NEVER

BEEN AROUND WHITE KIDS.

Gordon: AND THE GAME

WHERE MORE THAN FOOTBALL

WAS AT STAKE.

HE WAS LOOKING FOR SOME

WAY TO HAVE SOME UNITY.

Gordon: ON TODAY'S

"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE."

Gordon: GOOD MORNING,

AND WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

IF YOU'VE TAKEN A LOOK AT

THE NEWS OVER THE LAST

YEAR OR SO, YOU KNOW WE

ARE A NATION DIVIDED.

IT SEEMS THAT EVERY

TRAFFIC STOP WITH POLICE

ENCOUNTER HAS THE

POTENTIAL TO BLOW UP ON

SOCIAL MEDIA.

AND THE PRIMARY ISSUE IS

CENTERED AROUND RACE, THE

SAME ISSUE THAT HAS

PLAGUED OUR COUNTRY SINCE

ITS VERY BEGINNING.

Terry: IN THE 40

YEARS SINCE MARTIN LUTHER

KING, JR., RACIAL

RELATIONS HAVE IMPROVED IN

AMERICA, BUT THE FIGHT IS

FAR FROM OVER.

MY DAD BECAME THE HEAD

FOOTBALL COACH IN 1971.

HE WAS 29 YEARS OLD.

HE DIDN'T KNOW HIS FIRST

YEAR OF HEAD COACHING

WOULD BE THE YEAR THAT THE

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

MANDATED INTEGRATION OF

THE HIGH SCHOOLS.

FROM ABOUT '63 TO '71,

BIRMINGHAM HAD BECOME

KNOWN AS "BOMBINGHAM,"

BECAUSE OF WHAT TOOK PLACE

BY THE K.K.K. AND OTHERS

WHO DIDN'T LIKE BLACK

PEOPLE.

SO THE KIDS COMING INTO

THE SCHOOL, THEY HAD NEVER

BEEN AROUND WHITE PEOPLE,

AND THE WHITE PEOPLE HAD

NEVER BEEN AROUND BLACK

PEOPLE.

MY DAD WAS VERY DRIVEN TO

WIN, AND SHE WAS LOOKING

FOR SOME WAHE WAS LOOKINGFOR SOME WAY TO H AVE UNITY

AT WOODLAWN.

THE FIRST YEAR THEY WERE

LIKE 5 AND 5, AND THEN

THEY WERE 7 AND 3.

BUT THEY WERE STILL JUST

CLICKS.

IT WASN'T THAT THEY WERE

ALWAYS FIGHTING, BUT IT

WAS JUST THAT THE BLACK

GUYS WERE OVER HERE AND

THE WHITE GUYS WERE OVER

HERE.

DAD WAS HAVING A CAMP, AND

CAMP WAS A GLORIFIED WAY

OF SAYING YOU'RE GOING TO

SLEEP IN THE GYM.

ALL OF THE TEAM WOULD EAT

BREAKFAST, GO PRACTICE,

COME EAT LUNCH, AND THEN

PRACTICE, AND HE WOULD TRY

TO HAVE A MOTIVATIONAL

SPEAKER OR SOMETHING LIKE

THAT.

AND IT WAS AT THAT TIME

THAT A MAN NAMED WELLS

GLOBAL CAME TO MY DAD'S

OFFICE AND ASKED IF HE

COULD SPEAK TO THE

FOOTBALL TEAM.

MY DAD SAID, WHAT DO YOU

WANT TO TALK TO MY KIDS

ABOUT?

AND HE SAID, I WANT TO

TALK TO THEM ABOUT JESUS.

AND AT THAT TIME, MY DAD

FELT LIKE IF YOU CAME TO

KNOW CHRIST, YOU'D GET

SOFT.

AND HE SAID NO.

AND WELLS GLOBAL CONTINUED

TO PUSH HIM, AND DAD SAID,

I'LL GIVE YOU ABOUT 15

MINUTES AFTER DINNER

TONIGHT.

WELLS SHARED THE GOSPEL

AND THE ENTIRE TEAM CAME

TO CHRIST, AND MY DAD

DIDN'T.

HE SAT UP IN THE BLEACHERS

ABOVE ALL OF THE GUYS AND

WATCHED THE EXE SPECTACLE

UNFOLD.

HE THOUGHT THIS WOULD WEAR

OFF.

HE WENT TO A MEETING THAT

WAS IN AN ALL-WHITE

SECTION OF TOWN, AND HE

WAS CONCERNED THAT THE

FAMILY WOULD NOT LET THE

BLACK KIDS IN.

AND HE WAS AFRAID THAT

MAYBE THE BLACK KIDS

WOULDN'T SHOW UP.

AND DAD WENT AND SAW THAT

THIS FAMILY WAS WELCOMING

ALL OF THE KIDS.

AND THAT THE BLACK KIDS

AND THE WHITE KIDS WERE

SITTING WITH ARMS AROUND

EACH OTHER AND PRAYING

TOGETHER AND LAUGHING.

MY DAD SAID HE DIDN'T HAVE

THAT IN HIM.

HE DIDN'T HAVE WHAT THEY

HAD.

HE SLIPPED OUT THE BACK.

AND HE BEGAN PRAYING AS HE

DROVE HOME.

AND HE ARRIVED BACK AT OUR

HOUSE AND GOT ON HIS KNEES

AND MET JESUS THAT NIGHT.

AND HE SAID FROM THAT

MOMENT ON HE KNEW HOW TO

LOVE PEOPLE.

FROM THAT DAY FORWARD, AS

HIS SON, THERE WASN'T A

DAY THAT WENT BY, WHEN WE

WERE TOGETHER, THAT I CAN

REMEMBER HIM NOT KISSING

MAE ON THE HEAD OR HUGGING

ME AND TELLING ME HE LOVES

ME.

HE BECAME A LOVER OF

CHRIST.

AFTER DAD CAME TO CHRIST,

IT STARTED TO SPREAD INTO

THE COMMUNITY THROUGH THE

KIDS.

LIKEWISE, PROBABLY SIMILAR

TO HOW IT HAD AFFECTED MY

DAD, THERE WERE TEACHERS

WHO BEGAN TO SEE THE

DIFFERENCE IN THE

STUDENTS.

AND, REALLY, IT JUST

BECAME AN UNDENIABLE

REVIVAL.

THE SPIRIT OF GOD WAS

WORKING.

IT IS AMAZING TO SEE WHAT

GOD CAN DO WITH JUST

SIMPLE OBEDIENCE.

WELLS GLOBAL OBEYED DAD

AND WENT AND SPOKE TO THIS

FOOTBALL TEAM.

MY DAD JUST WANTED TO WIN

GAMES.

BUT WHEN CHRIST GOT AHOLD

OF HIM, IT TRANSFORMED HIM

AND HE BEGAN TO DO THINGS

FOR THE THE RIGHT REASON.

AND GOD DID SOMETHING

MIRACULOUS THROUGH THE

CITY.

WHERE WE ARE TODAY IS NOT

SIMILAR TO WHAT IT WAS

LIKE HERE IN 1973 AND

1974.

AS A RESULT, WHAT GOD CAN

DO TODAY IS NOT DISSIMILAR

FROM THEN, EITHER.

HE CAN COME IN AND DO A

REVIVAL.

I DEEPLY DESIRE THAT WE,

AS THE BODY OF CHRIST,

BEGIN TO BE UNIFIED, AND

THEREFORE THE WORLD WILL

KNOW THAT WE ARE HIS

DISCIPLES, BY THE LOVE

THAT WE HAVE, ONE FOR

ANOTHER.

Gordon: AND I BELIEVE

THAT'S THE KEY.

YOU HAVE TO BE INTENTIONAL

WITH IT.

THERE IS A SPIRITUAL

PHENOMENON THAT HAPPENS IN

THE BODY OF CHRIST.

AND THE APOSTLE PAUL

TALKED ABOUT IT.

THAT THERE IS NEITHER JEW

NOR GREEK, MALE NOR

FEMALE, SLAVE OR FREE.

WE'RE ALL ONE IN JESUS.

AND WHEN WE OPEN OUR EYES

TO THAT AND TO THE

POTENTIAL OF THAT, THE

AWESOME POTENTIAL OF THAT,

THEN AMAZING THINGS CAN

HAPPEN.

BUT YOU HAVE TO BE

INTENTIONAL WITH IT.

YOU JUST CAN'T ASSUME IT'S

JUST GOING TO HAPPEN.

MARTIN LUTHER KING SAID

THE MOST SEGREGATED HOUR

IN AMERICA WAS SUNDAY

MORNING, 10 a.m.

AND WE ALL SEPARATE INTO

INDIVIDUAL COMMUNITIES AND

WE DON'T WORSHIP THE LORD

TOGETHER.

IF WE WERE TO CHANGE THAT

AND DO THAT INTENTIONALLY,

TO SAY, WE WANT

CONGREGATIONS OF EVERYONE,

WE WANT TO SHOW THE WORLD

WHAT CAN HAPPEN WHEN WE

ALL LOVE ONE ANOTHER AND

LOVE GOD TOGETHER, AND BE

INTENTIONAL WITH THAT, AND

SEE WHAT HAPPENS.

> THE MOVIE WAS A

SUCCESS AT THE BOX OFFICE,

BUT THE HISTORY OF

WOODLAWN IS NOT A TOTAL

SUCCESS.

AS YOU SAW, THE SCHOOL WAS

INTEGRATED, AND NOT JUST

WHITE AND BLACK STUDENTS.

THE SCHOOL HAD BECOME A

MELTING POT.

IT WAS ALSO A SCHOOL THAT

WANTED FOR NOTHING.

IT HAD THE BEST LIBRARY IN

BIRMINGHAM, A CAMPUS BANK,

ACTIVE STUDENT

GOVERNMENTS, A GREAT

FOOTBALL TEAM, AND MUCH

MORE.

Terry: BUT OVER TIME,

MANY WHITE FAMILIES CHOSE

TO MOVE OUT OF THE AREA

AND START NEW COMMUNITIES

AND NEW SCHOOLS.

WOODLAWN'S PROGRAMS BEGAN

TO DRY UP, AND THE STUDENT

POPULATION CHANGED AS

FAMILIES TOOK THEIR TAX

DOLLARS OUTSIDE CITY

LIMITS.

WOODLAWN HIGH SCHOOL IS

NOW A TITLE 1 SCHOOL WITH

100% OF ITS STUDENTS

QUALIFYING FOR FREE AND

REDUCED-PRICED LUNCH.

THE SCHOOL IS WORKING HARD

TO IMPROVE THINGS, AND HAS

RECENTLY LAUNCHED A STEM

EDUCATION PROGRAM, SO

MAYBE THAT IS THE

BEGINNING OF SOME FRESH

THINGS HAPPENING.

Gordon: I THINK IT

IS, BUT WE'VE GOT TO

RECOGNIZE WHAT HAPPENED

AFTER INTEGRATION.

AND HERE YOU HAVE THE

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

MANDATING BROWN VERSUS

BOARD OF EDUCATION, AND

CERTAINLY THAT IS A GOOD

THING.

BUT ONE OF THE UNINTENDED

CONSEQUENCES OF THAT

IMMIGRATION WAS A

PHENOMENON I GREW UP WITH,

WHICH WAS "WHITE FLIGHT."

LET'S LEAVE THE CITIES

WHERE THERE IS GOING TO BE

FORCED INTEGRATION AND

BUSING, AND LET'S GO AND

CREATE NEW COMMUNITIES

WHERE THOSE SAME FEDERAL

GUIDELINES CAN'T REACH.

Terry: THE THING THAT

IS STRANGED ABOUT WOODLAWN

TO ME, THOUGH, IS THAT

THERE WAS AN UNDENIABLE

SPIRITUAL REVOLUTION THAT

WENT ON THERE.

AND YOU -- I FEEL

COMPELLED TO LOOK AT THAT

AND SAY, HOW DID THAT GET

LOST?

YOU COULDN'T MAINTAIN THAT

AND BE SAYING, LET'S TAKE

OUR DOLLARS AND MOVE OUT

TO OUR AREA.

YOU KNOW WHAT I'M SAYING?

IT WOULD HAVE SEEMED TO

HAVE FORCED AN

ONGOINGNESS.

Gordon: I'LL PUT IT

THIS WAY, IT WAS A POCKET

OF REVIVAL.

IT WAS A POCKET OF, WOW,

THIS COULD ACTUALLY REALLY

BE GREAT, IF WE COULD ALL

LOVE ONE ANOTHER AND LIVE

IN COMMUNITY TOGETHER.

THIS COULD REALLY BE

GREAT.

WE COULD REINFORCE THE

WONDERFUL THINGS AND HAVE

SOMETHING TRULY NEW COME

OUT OF IT.

BUT IN MY EXPERIENCE

GROWING UP IN RURAL

VIRGINIA, WHEN THE CITY

STARTED ANNEXING COUNTY

LAND, THE COUNTY THEN SAID

NO.

WE'RE GOING TO FORM OUR

OWN CITY AND WE'RE GOING

TO BE A SEPARATE COMMUNITY

FROM YOU.

WE NEED TO PROTECT OUR

BORDERS, IF YOU WILL.

AND IT BECAME THIS SORT OF

PHENOMENON POLITICALLY,

THAT WAS WAY OUTSIDE OF

ANY INDIVIDUAL CONTROL.

AND IT -- YOU HAVE TO ALSO

REMEMBER IT WASN'T AN EASY

TIME.

BIRMINGHAM WAS BEING

BOMBED BY THE K.K.K.

I REMEMBER MY HOME TOWN

BURNING --

Terry: REALLY?

Gordon: -- THE NIGHT

THAT MARTIN LUTHER KING

WAS ASSASSINATED.

THE RACE VIOLENCE WAS VERY

REAL.

THE VIOLENCE WAS VERY

REAL.

IT SCARED PEOPLE.

Terry: YEAH.

Gordon: AND WHEN

PEOPLE GET SCARED, THEY

DON'T ACT RATIONALLY.

AND THEY DON'T THINK,

WELL, WE CAN ALL WORK

THROUGH THIS AND WE CAN

HAVE COMMUNITIES THAT CAN

REALLY GROW.

Terry: AND MAYBE THE

OTHER THING THAT IS SO

SOBERING, OR SHOULD BE TO

US TODAY, WE TALK ABOUT

THAT LIKE IT WAS A LONG

TIME AGO.

Gordon: 1960s,

1970s.

AND IN THIS AREA,

TIDEWATER, VIRGINIA, WE

NOW LIVE WITH SORT OF

DIVIDED COMMUNITIES THAT I

THINK WILL BE DIVIDED

PERMANENTLY BECAUSE

THEY'RE NOW CITY

BUREAUCRACIES, WHETHER IN

VIRGINIA BEACH OR

CHESAPEAKE OR NORFOLK --

THE BOUNDARIES ARE ALL

SET, AND THESE

BUREAUCRACIES AND MAYORS

AND CITY COUNCILS ALL HAVE

THEIR POLITICAL POWER.

SO THE IDEA WE CAN NOW

COME TOGETHER AND NOW TRY

TO JOINTLY SOLVE PROBLEMS,

WHETHER IT IS SOMETHING AS

SIMPLE AS HOW DO YOU PICK

UP THE TRASH, OR HOW DO

YOU HAVE WATER COME

THROUGH A FAUCET -- THESE

ARE SEEMINGLY UNSOLVESOLVABLE

BECAUSE OF THE DIVISION.

Terry: MAYBE THAT'S

WHY GOD GAVE THAT

SCRIPTURE OF HOW

SIGNIFICANT UNITY IS.

HE SAYS, "FOR THERE THE

LORD COMMANDS THE

BLESSING."

IT IS SOMETHING TO BE

ASSAULT AFTER, TO BE

SACRIFICED FOR, TO DESIRE.

Gordon: YOU NEED A

SPIRITUAL AWAKENING TO

UNDERSTAND THAT TRULY

WE'RE ALL TOGETHER.

AND THAT TRULY WE ARE

RELATED.

THAT BEYOND THE EYE COLOR

AND THE SKIN COLOR AND THE

LANGUAGE AND THE CUSTOM

AND THE WHATEVER --

WHATEVER THOSE DIFFERENCES

ARE, THEY'RE VERY SUP

VISUAL.

SUPERFICIAL.

WE ALL HAVE THE SAME

BLOOD; WE ALL HAVE THE

SAME FLESH.

THERE IS THE ENEMY OF OUR

SOULS.

AND THERE IS AN ENEMY OF

HUMANITY THAT IS TRYING TO

ACCENT THE DIFFERENCES.

I'VE LIVED INTERNATIONALLY

AND I'VE TRAVELLED A GREAT

DEAL, AND YOU FIND RACISM

EVERYWHERE.

THERE ARE A COUPLE OF REAL

ROOT CAUSES.

ONE IS A FEAR OF "I DON'T

KNOW THIS COMMUNITY; I

DON'T KNOW IF I'M GOING TO

BE SAFE IN THIS

COMMUNITY."

AND THAT'S A REAL THING.

THE SECOND IS THE CONCEPT

THAT I'M SOMEHOW SUPERIOR

BECAUSE I'M OF A

PARTICULAR RACE.

THAT SOME RACES ARE

INFERIOR AND SOME RACES OF

SUPERIOR.

I'VE RUN INTO THAT IN

INDIA, WHERE THE HINDI

TERM "VARNA," MEANS THE

COLOR OF YOUR SKIN.

Terry: I'VE SEEN IT

IN SOUTH AMERICA AS WELL.

Gordon: AND IN CHINA,

THESE IDEAS SEEM TO TAKE

OFF AND HAVE A LIFE OF

THEIR OWN.

Terry: WELL, WE HAVE

SOME QUESTIONS THAT HAVE

COME IN ON THE TOPIC OF

RACE.

SHEENA SAYS, "I FIRMLY

BELIEVE THAT BLACK AMERICA

IS ANGRY, THAT THE FOCUS

IS CONSTANTLY ON THEM,

HAVING TO FORGIVE OR

EXTEND AN OLIVE BRANCH.

WHAT WILL MAKE THE COUNTRY

AS A WHOLE SEE THAT

SOMETHING IS TRULY WRONG

HERE?"

Gordon: I THINK THE

COUNTRY IS WAKING UP TO

IT.

I THINK IT IS WONDERFUL

HOW CELL PHONE C.D. IS

SHOWING THAT THAT POLICE

OFFICER JUST MURDERED A

BLACK MAN.

AND WHEN YOU CAN SEE THAT,

IT'S NOW UNDENIABLE.

YOU CAN'T COVER THAT UP.

YOU CAN'T HAVE A POLICE

COVERUP BECAUSE THE CELL

PHONE VIDEO SPEAKS FOR

ITSELF.

THAT IS OPENING A LARGER

CONVERSATION OF WHY IS

THAT?

AND WHY ARE BLACK MALES

PREDOMINANTLY TARGETED BY

POLICE FORCES?

AND WHY ARE THEY THE

MAJORITY OF THE POPULATION

OF OUR PRISONERS AND THE

MAJORITY ON DEATH ROW?

WHAT IS THAT?

WHY IS THAT?

IT IS CERTAINLY NOT TRUE

THAT THEY COMMIT MORE

CRIMES.

BUT THEY SEEM TO BE

TARGETED, AND THAT SEEMS

TO BE TARGETED BASED ON

THEIR SKIN COLOR.

Terry: LARRY WRITES

AND SAYS, "IF JESUS SAYS

EVERYTHING HANGS ON US

LOVING OR NEIGHBORS AS

OURSELVES, WHAT DO THAT

SAY ABOUT OUR SOCIETY?

DON'T WE LOVE OURSELVES?

Gordon: LARRY, I

THINK YOU'RE HITTING IT

RIGHT ON THE HEAD.

WE DON'T LOVE OURSELVES.

AND THAT WHOLE CONCEPT

THAT I'M BETTER RACIALLY

BECAUSE OF SKIN COLOR, IT

REALLY MEANS YOU DON'T

VALUE YOURSELF.

YOU HAVE TO HAVE SOMETHING

EXTERNAL COME IN AND VALUE

YOU.

IT IS A REALIZATION OF WHO

YOU ARE IN GOD.

THAT YOU REALLY ARE A

CHILD OF GOD.

THAT HE REALLY WANTS TO

GIVE YOU WONDERFUL IDEAS.

HE REALLY HAS GOOD,

CREATIVE THINGS FOR YOU TO

WALK INTO.

WHEN YOU START EMBRACING

THAT CONCEPT OF WHO YOU

ARE, THEN RACISM GOES AWAY

BECAUSE YOU'RE NOW SECURE

IN WHO YOU ARE AS A CHILD

OF GOD.

THAT'S THE KEY.

AND THAT'S WHY IT IS IN

THERE: LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR

AS YOURSELF.

RACISM IS A DEFINITE SIGN

THAT YOU'RE NOT LOVING

YOURSELF.

Terry: AN IMPORTANT

THING FOR ALL OF US TO

CONTEMPLATE AND THEN PUT

LOVE INTO ACTION.

> WELL, STILL TO COME, A

JEW WHO SPENT THREE

YEARS -- THREE YEARS --

HIDING IN A BASEMENT.

IT IS STILL DIFFICULT

TO SPEAK ABOUT IT.

Terry: A HOLOCAUST

SURVIVOR RECOUNTS HER LIFE

IN THE GHETTO, WHEN WE

COME BACK.

Terry: THERE ARE

FEWER THAN A FEW HUNDRED

THOUSAND HOLOCAUST

SURVIVORS LIVING IN ISRAEL

TODAY, AND MANY OF THEM

ARE STRUGGLING TO GET BY.

TAKE A LOOK.

Reporter: ELIZABETH

TISHMAN IS ONE OF ABOUT

200,000 HOLOCAUST

SURVIVORS LIVING IN

ISRAEL.

SHE WAS ONLY 11 YEARS OLD

WHEN THE HORROR OF THE

HOLOCAUST BEGAN TO UNFOLD

IN HER NATIVE RUSSIA.

NAZIS FORCED HER NEIGHBORS

INTO GHETTOS.

TO AVOID CAPTURE, HER

FAMILY TOOK REFUGE IN A

FRIEND'S BASEMENT.

IN THE DARKNESS, SHE

WITNESSED TERRIBLE

TRAGEDIES.

Through Translator:

THERE WAS A LITTLE CHILD

WITH HIS MOTHER, AND HE

CRIED A LOT.

SHE SUFFOCATED HIM WITH

HER BARE HANDS TO KEEP US

ALL FROM GETTING CAUGHT

AND KILLED.

Reporter: WHEN THEY

HAD TO ABANDON THEIR

HIDING PLACE, THEY WERE

EVENTUALLY FORCED TO LIVE

IN THE GHETTO.

Through Translator:

DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT IS

LIKE TO LAY ON STRAW WHEN

IT IS RAINING AND YOU

DON'T HAVE A BLANKET TO

COVER YOURSELF.

OR WHEN A NAZI OFFICER

COMES AT NIGHT TO SEARCH

YOUR HOUSE, IT IS A

NIGHTMARE.

Reporter: AFTER THREE

TORTUROUS YEARS, NEWS CAME

THAT THE WAR WAS FINALLY

OVER.

PEOPLE RAN INTO THE

STREETS, SHOUTING, "WE'RE

FREE."

WE ALL CRIED AND

LAUGHED AND HUGGED EACH

OTHER.

IT WAS INCREDIBLE.

Reporter: TODAY, LIKE

MANY HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS

IN ISRAEL, ELIZABETH LIVES

IN POVERTY.

> Through Translator:

WHEN I FIRST CAME HERE,

AND I ONLY CUCUMBERS,

TOMATOES, AND BREAD AND

BUTTER.

Reporter: CBN ISRAEL

HELPS HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS

BY TAKING GROCERIES TO

THEM EACH MONTH.

ELIZABETH SAYS SHE LOOKS

FORWARD TO EVERY VISIT.

Through Translator: I

LIKE WHEN THEY COME.

I LIKE THAT THEY BELIEVE

IN GOD.

IF GOD LED ME TO THIS LIFE

AND YOU HAVE COME TO SEE

ME, THAT MEANS THAT GOD

HAS NOT FORGOTTEN ME.

Reporter: RECENTLY

ELIZABETH'S GAS STOVE

STARTED TO LEAK.

SHE DIDN'T HAVE THE MONEY

TO FIX IT AND HAD NO WAY

TO COOK.

SO WE TOOK HER SHOPPING

AND BOUGHT HER A NEW

STOVE.

Through Translator: I

WANT TO THANK YOU SO MUCH

FOR YOUR HELP.

MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND GIVE

YOU HEALTH AND HAPPINESS.

Terry: I CAN'T

IMAGINE WHAT IT MUST HAVE

BEEN LIKE TO ENDURE THE

HORRORS OF THE HOLOCAUST.

AND THEN TO FIND YOURSELF,

YEARS LATER, LIVING IN

POVERTY WITH NO ONE TO

HELP OR TAKE CARE OF YOU.

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IS REACH OUT TO PEOPLE,

JUST LIKE THIS WOMAN YOU

JUST SAW, JUST LIKE

ELIZABETH, AND YOU MAKE A

DIFFERENCE IN HER LIFE,

LOVING HER IN THE NAME OF

JESUS CHRIST.

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GORDON?

Gordon: WELL, UP

NEXT, A MAN WHO CAME FACE

TO FACE WITH RACISM INSIDE

A CHURCH.

THEY SAID WE WASN'T

ALLOWED TO ENTER THE

CHURCH.

AND I ASKED WHY.

AND HE SAID, WE DON'T

ALLOW BLACK PEOPLE TO COME

TO OUR CHURCH.

Gordon: WATCH HOW HE

UNITED A CITY.

UP NEXT, RIGHT AFTER THIS.

Gordon: IN THE FINAL

WORDS OF MARTIN LUTHER

KING'S "I HAVE A SPEECH

DREAM," HE SPOKE OF A DAY

WHEN BLACKS AND WHITES

WOULD JOIN HANDS AND

WORSHIP TOGETHER.

IN SELMA, ALABAMA, MANY

YEARS AFTER KING'S DEATH,

THAT DAY FINALLY CAME.

THANKS TO ONE COURAGEOUS

COLLEGE STUDENT.

HERE IS THE STORY.

Reporter: THE MARCHES

OF 1965 PUT THE LITTLE

KNOWN TOWN OF SELMA,

ALABAMA, IN THE

INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHT.

THAT SAME YEAR, A FUTURE

SELMA UNIVERSITY STUDENT

WAS BORN WHO WOULD EXPOSE

THE NEED FOR MORE CHANGE.

HE IS VINCENT TAYLOR, HAD

ENROLLED IN THE SCHOOL IN

1967 TO BECOME A PASTOR.

I WAS ON THE HONOR

ROLL, THE DEAN'S LIST, AND

I WAS WELL-LIKED.

Reporter: IN HIS

SENIOR YEAR, HE TOOK A

THEOLOGY COURSE THAT

TESTED HIS BELIEFS.

AND THAT CLASS IS

DESIGNED TO LOOK AT WAYS

TO LIBERATE SOCIETY FROM

OPPRESSIVE VIEWS.

I NOTICED THAT THERE WAS A

LOT OF RACISTS IN MY

PERSPECTIVE ON STATEMENTS.

MY POSITION WAS THAT AS

CHRISTIANS, OUR

PERSPECTIVE SHOULD BE THAT

WE ARE ALL BROTHERS AND

SISTERS, AND THAT WE'VE

GOT TO BE ABLE TO EMBRACE

ONE ANOTHER AND TO TRUST

ONE ANOTHER.

Reporter: WHEN

VINCENT CHALLENGED THEIR

VIEWS, THE PROFESSOR

RESPONDED WITH A CHALLENGE

OF HIS OWN.

AND BASICALLY HE SAID,

WELL, SINCE YOU LOVE WHITE

PEOPLE SO MUCH, YOU GO TO

CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH AND

SEE IF THEY WILL RECEIVE

YOU.

HE BET ME $5 THAT I WOULD

NOT GO TO THAT CHURCH.

AND MY POINT WAS TO PROVE

THAT THE CHURCH WAS NOT

RACIST, THAT THE BODY OF

CHRIST WAS NOT RACIST.

SO I TOOK THE CHALLENGE.

Reporter: THAT NEXT

SUNDAY HE AND SOME FRIENDS

WENT TO THE CHURCH.

AND WHEN WE GOT THERE,

THE DEACONS CAME DOWN THE

STEPS.

AND THEY SAID WE WASN'T

ALLOWED TO ENTER THE

CHURCH.

AND I ASKED WHY.

AND HE SAID, WE DON'T

ALLOW BLACK PEOPLE TO COME

TO OUR CHURCH.

THAT SHOCKED ME.

IT SHOCKED THE LADIES WHO

WERE WITH ME.

Reporter: VINCENT WAS

DEEPLY GRIEVED OVER THE

SITUATION, BUT DIDN'T KNOW

WHAT TO DO.

A FRIEND GAVE HIM AN IDEA.

I WENT TO THE LIBRARY,

AND WROTE A LETTER TO THE

NEWSPAPER.

AND THEY PRINTED IT.

AND THE LETTER INDICATED

THAT I WAS GOING BACK TO

CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH TO

WORSHIP WITH MY BROTHERS

AND SISTERS IN CHRIST.

Reporter: THE LETTER

DREW A STRONG RESPONSE

THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY.

THE BAPTIST CHURCH --

THEY TEMPORARILY CHANGED

THEIR POLICY FROM

EXCLUDING

AFRICAN-AMERICANS.

LATER ON, I THINK A COUPLE

OF WEEKS LATER, THEY

PERMANENTLY CHANGED THE

POLICY.

Reporter: HE RETURNED

TO THE CHURCH TWICE, AND

BOTH TIMES WAS WELCOMED TO

WORSHIP WITH THEM.

AS TIME WENT ON, VINCENT

WAS GRATEFUL TO SEE

FURTHER CHANGE IN THE

CITY.

A LOT OF CHURCHES THEN

BEGAN TO LOOK AT THEIR

POLICIES AND TO SAY, THIS

IS NOT RIGHT.

IT IS UNGODLY.

AND EVERYONE SHOULD BE

WELCOME TO THE TABLE OF

CHRIST.

SO THERE WAS A VERY

POSITIVE CHANGE.

Reporter: VINCENT

GRADUATED WITH HONORS IN

1990, MOVED BACK TO OHIO,

MARRIED, AND HAD A FAMILY.

IN 1997, HE STARTED HIS

OWN CHURCH.

I WANT TO ENCOURAGE

PEOPLE THAT IN THE END,

THAT IF THEY WOULD STAND

UP, IF THEY COULD STAND

LONG ENOUGH, IF THEY WILL

HOPE IN THE LORD, IN THE

END GOD WILL BLESS THEM.

I THINK THAT'S WHAT MY

STORY IS REALLY ABOUT.

Gordon: LET THAT

STORY AND YOUR STORY.

BE INTENTIONAL WITH IT.

I THINK THAT'S WHAT WE

ABSOLUTELY NEED.

IF WE WANT TO HAVE AN

INTEGRATED CULTURE, WE

WANT TO HAVE AN INTEGRATED

NATION, IF WE WANT TO BE

ONE NATION UNDER GOD,

INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY

AND JUSTICE FOR ALL -- IF

WE WANT ALL OF THAT, WE

NEED TO START IN CHURCH.

AND WE NEED TO COME

TOGETHER AND WORSHIP

TOGETHER.

SO BE INTENTIONAL WITH IT.

AND SEEK OUT CHURCHES THAT

HAVE THAT KIND OF OPEN

POLICY.

AND DON'T JUST HAVE IT AS

A POLICY, BUT WHO ARE

ACTIVELY WALKING IT OUT

EVERY DAY.

Terry: TODAY'S

GENERATION IS CERTAINLY

AWARE OF THE SINS OF OUR

PAST AND THEY'RE HOPEFUL

FOR A BETTER FUTURE, ONE

WHERE PEOPLE OF ALL HERT

TAGES AND CULTUREHERITAGES AND CULTURES AR E

RESPECTED AND NOT JUDGED.

AND THEY'RE USING THEIR

VOICES TO BRING THIS ISSUE

TO THE FOREFRONT.

I LEARNED ABOUT COLOR.

I LEARNED THAT ALL COLOR

IS AT THE ROOTS OF BLACK

AND WHITE.

YOU NEED A PERFECT BALANCE

IN COLOR TO MAKE A

PAINTING RIGHT.

I KNOW THAT HAVING

THESE COLORS WAS MY DREAM.

GROWING UP, I LEARNED

ABOUT A WAR BETWEEN

COLORS.

I COULD NO LONGER COUNT

THE CASUALTIES, THE PIECES

OF PAPER BALLED UP AND

THROWN AWAY, BUT INSTEAD

COUNT THE TEARS ON THOSE

AFFECTED EACH DAY.

IT IS LIKE A SUPER FLU.

IT AFFECTED EVERY PART OF

THE GLOBE.

A PANDEMIC OF RACISM

BEGAN TO UNFOLD.

IT LAUNCHED HATRED AND

PILES OF I IGNORANCE LIKE

MUCOUS.

PEOPLE BEGAN TO BE

ASHAMED OF THE WAY THEY

WERE BORN.

SOME BEGAN TO HATE

THEIR SKIN.

SOME BEGAN TO LOSE THEIR

HEART.

THEIR TONGUES AIMED AT

THOSE WHO ARE DIFFERENT.

SOME SCARED TO SHOW

THEIR FACE, OTHERS DENYING

THEIR OWN RACE.

AMERICANS HAVE BEEN

THROUGH A BATTLE OF BLACK

AND WHITE, AND THROUGH THE

YEARS, HUMANITY HAS TRIED

TO UNITE.

BUT THE WAR IS NOWHERE

NEAR OVER.

NO, THAT WOULD BE A LIE.

BUT THINGS ARE

IMPROVING, YOU CAN'T DENY.

WE MAY HAVE A BLACK

PRESIDENT, BUT THE RACIAL

DIVIDE IS STILL EVIDENT.

AND IN DEAR AMERICA, WE

BELIEVE...

THERE IS STILL A

BELIEF, A WHITE SHIRT WITH

BLACK WRITING SAYING, "I

CAN'T BREATHE."

AND PEOPLE ARE STILL

SHOOTING.

IS IT POLICE AGAINST MAN

OR MAN AGAINST THE POLICE.

AS A KID, I LEARNED

ABOUT COLORS, I LEARNED

ABOUT BLACK AND WHITE.

BUT THIS POEM ISN'T ABOUT

RACE OR COLORS.

IT IS ABOUT WHAT IS RIGHT.

IT IS EASY TO SAY THE

SOLUTION IS WE'RE ALL

EQUAL TO ONE ANOTHER.

BUT IT IS ABOUT MORE

THAN JUST THAT.

IT IS NOT ABOUT YOU AND

I LAMENTING WHERE THE

WORLD IS GOING ON.

IT IS ABOUT EVERYONE

SEEKING TO UNDERSTAND,

WORKING TOGETHER TO MAKE

OUR NATION STRONG.

WHETHER IT IS RIGHTS OR

NOT, IT IS EASY TO PUT UP

A HAND AND IGNORE IT WHEN

IT IS NOT YOU.

MAYBE NOT YOUR COLOR, SO

YOU REJECT THE ISSUE.

IN THE END, WE ALL GO

THROUGH THE DAY, WHERE

THERE DIFFERENCE BECAUSE

OF SKIN COLOR, AND WE ALL

LIVE PEACEFULLY TOGETHER.

WHERE OUR GRAND KIDS

WON'T EVEN REMEMBER RACIAL

SLURS.

HOW ELSE CAN WE SOLVE

WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS

WORLD?

NOT WITH POSTS OR

TWEETS, IT CAN ONLY BE

SOLVED WITH TRUE

UNDERSTANDING OF ALL

COLORS.

ON THE OUTSIDE, WE'RE

BEAUTIFULLY DIFFERENT, BUT

ON THE INSIDE WE ALL BLEED

RED.

AND THERE HAS BEEN WAY TOO

MUCH BLOOD ALREADY SHED.

YES, RACISM AND

PRIVILEGE STILL EXISTS, SO

WE NEED HOW TO CO-EXIST.

LEARNING TO LOVE, IT IS

NEVER TOO LATE.

> INSTEAD OF LOOKING

LIKE A BLACK AND WHITE

PHOTO, WE'VE GOT TO LOOK

LIKE A VAN GOGH.

BEAUTIFUL UNDER

PRESSURE.

CREATED FOR UNITY.

PEACE AND LOVE.

GOD'S PERFECT PICTURE,

STRAIGHT FROM ABOVE.

Terry: WORDS TO TAKE

HEED TO.

IN THE END, IT IS A

PERSONAL CHOICE FOR EVERY

SINGLE ONE OF US.

DO YOUR PART.

Gordon: HERE IS A

WORD FROM ROMANS 15:

"THEREFORE ACCEPT EACH

OTHER JUST AS CHRIST AS

ACCEPTED YOU, SO THAT GOD

WILL BE GIVEN THE GLORY."

RECOGNIZE WE'RE ALL MADE

FROM ONE BLOOD.

WE ALL HAVE THE BLOOD OF

JESUS COVERING ALL OUR

SINS.

GOD BLESS YOU.

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