An LA Times column attacks Republicans and people of faith for turning to God after tragedies such as the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that claimed 21 lives.
LZ Granderson, who spent 17 years with ESPN, seems particularly miffed by those who say the U.S. needs to “return” to God. Perhaps he simply mistakes “return” to mean a specific time period, or perhaps it is done quite intentionally to filter even this through the ever-present lens of race.
The writer says conservatives long for a return to the faith of “brutal enslavement” and romanticize America’s “evil beginning.” He accuses the U.S. of rebranding “slave labor camps as plantations.”
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick was mocked for saying the U.S. no longer teaches values in school but has turned to “wokeness.”
Christopher Columbus, according to Granderson, was simply “lost at sea.” Civil War enthusiasts enjoy reenactments so they can support the “bad guy” and have not been reprogrammed to think of the Confederacy as “the enemy.”
Of course, it is completely lost on Mr. Granderson that it was people of faith who first ended the slave trade and then slammed the door on slavery in the West. Hundreds of thousands died in a war fought at least in part over the issue, while Antislavery.org estimates 40 million live as slaves in 2022.
That’s the highest number in human history.
He equates faith with Jim Crow, not with the civil rights movement that brought people of belief and conviction together across the nation to implement change.
What Granderson fails to comprehend is what is painfully obvious to a small Texas town of 1,500. Sacred Heart Catholic Church welcomed a steady procession of worshipers Sunday who did exactly what the LA Times writer criticized. Other area houses of worship did the same.
Whether Sunday regulars or attendees who lapsed due to the pandemic or other reasons, hundreds passed through the doors to pray for the families of the victims.
Perhaps Mr. Granderson should note the simple yet powerful memorial to the victims erected in the town square. Family members, loved ones and strangers alike come to lay flowers, handwritten notes and little stuffed animals before 21 white crosses.