Yesterday, as they often do, thousands of protesters descended on Washington, DC to protest police brutality against black men. The rally, led by Al Sharpton and attended by high-profile activists in the black community, focused on promoting a “black agenda,” and railed against the typical enemies of the progressive community: the Koch brothers, establishment politicians, and the Republican party.

To close the rally, Reverend Jamal Bryant of Empowerment Temple in Maryland offered one of the angriest, most divisive prayers ever uttered in public. Via the Daily Caller:

Dispatch angels right now of protection around our sons from psychopathic, sociopathic police officers. I pray right now that you will convince prosecutors who have, in fact, given up the law for popularity. We pray that you will disrobe judges who are elected, but have not been appointed by your glory. We’re going to march in 2016 until we have righteous Congress people, righteous Senators, and a righteous President. God, we don’t want just black elected officials, we want a black agenda. We want to make sure that ‘our lives matter’ is not a slogan, but it is a lifestyle. Let us march on. And God, for every person who opposes justice, every person who opposes righteousness, we came to remind them – we know when they are sleep, we know when they’re awake, we know when they been good or bad, and because they been bad please send Black Jesus for goodness sake. Amen and God bless you.


God save us all from a world where “righteousness” is equated with the sort of racism that Reverend Bryant subscribes to. He calls for “Black Solidarity Sunday,” when what we really need is Human Solidarity Sunday.

The radical activist classes in America became parodies of themselves a long time ago, but 90% of the time it doesn’t matter because they represent a fringe that not even mainstream involveds recognize as part of the family; but this sort of philosophy is dangerous not because it invokes race above all else, but because its ultimate goal is to divide Americans based on an arbitrary scale of lightness to darkness.

I stand with the black community. And the Latino community. And the Asian community. But I refuse to stand with activists who seek to exploit real violence and hatred as a means to perpetuate the ancient biases that once divided the country.