Opinion: Why People Don’t Understand Brandt Jean’s Forgiveness
Brandt Jean, the 18-year old younger brother to Botham Jean, shook Black America during the trial of his brother’s killer.
During his victim impact statement, Jean told Amber Guyger that he didn’t want her to go to prison and that he forgave her.
“I don’t know if this is possible, but can I give her a hug, please,” he asked. “Please?”
“Yes,” District Judge Tammy Kemp said.
Guyger and Jean rushed into each other’s arms and held each other.
Black Twitter was unable to comprehend the act the young man committed to in the courtroom that left everyone present in tears.
In my own Twitter thread, I explained why I believe people were unable to understand Brandt Jean
I believe there are blacks out there who are perfectly fine with one white woman in 2019 being punished for 400 years of black oppression.
I believe hate and anger has consumed the black community. Although much of it is a natural response to events that have happened, hate or anger are not things one should hold on to.
In this world, people suffer. Ethnic groups have been at war with each other since the beginning of time. We see our loved ones hurt in the midst of it all and hate is born to protect love. But, hate is not sufficient enough to do such a thing.
The black community seems to have a disconnect with original Christian thought. Maybe it’s because of how misrepresented Christianity was during slavery, but there were many slave pastors that preached Christ well in those times.
Today we have black men professing to be teachers of Christ actively and publicly mocking what should be considered the most Christ
In 1911, Booker T. Washington wrote:
There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs-partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.
If we do not break the cycle of hate, we will only see those who are in the “business of keeping the troubles” benefit from these tragedies.
It’s not about having the strength to forgive. Like I said earlier, “it is