Creflo Dollar, Domestic Violence, Crime and Punishment,

Rev. Creflo Dollar was arrested for assaulting his daughter. The basic facts seem clear.  She is 15 and wanted to go out late to a party.

So much of what’s I’ve seen on the Internet rings true. Teenagers can be remarkably naive and stupid. Teenaged girls can put themselves into incredibly risky situations when they don’t recognize predators. Children of privilege don’t have the same freedom to make mistakes that other children do.  To whom more is given …  His daughter shouldn’t have to have missing teeth and broken bones for us to believe that she was abused.

Her older sister verified her account. I can’t imagine what they must be feeling with the swirl around them: some of it mean spirited and vicious.

However, at the end of the day, we don’t know exactly what happened between them. We may never know. But this much I do know, domestic violence is a reality for too many of us.  Is it worse or better than other communities? Who gives a damn? It’s bad for us and that we must focus on and resolve. It’s time out for rationalizations, spiritualizing, and denial.

I feel the same way about this issue that I feel about crime. Street crime tends to be high in poor communities. It’s much too high in our communities. Makes sense because of skyrocketing unemployment and the mortgage meltdown aftermath. Other ethnic groups are definitely jailed less often for the same offenses.

But I  have graffiti abatement on speed dial and sometimes I’m afraid of the friends and renters in my complex. The hustle, the drugs, the miserable  health care, the violence — it all gets to be too much. Even if it doesn’t touch you directly, it’s creates a toxic atmosphere.

Comprehensive solutions don’t seem to exist. Can’t lock everyone up. Hug and thug and slug a thug have limited effectiveness.  BWE suggests that black women move out of “Blackistan” and some should. But this won’t work for everyone. Housing discrimination means that black people are in style only when there aren’t very many.  Hence, the resegregation of the suburbs. The sad story of Prince William County, MD is all you need to know. I love the work that David Kennedy describes in Don’t Shoot but it depends on political maturity and cooperation.

What are we going to do?

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About liftingasweclimb

Mildred Lewis writes and directs for theater, television, film and the web. She's also a full time professor, Christian, activist and troublemaker with a passion to save as much of the world as she can.
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