Thabiti Anyabwile praised an Arkansas state senator’s passionate speech on racism and gun laws.
Prominent Washington, D.C. Pastor Thabiti Anyabwile of Anacostia River Church was among many who praised Sen. Stephanie Flowers for rebuking her colleagues in the senate judiciary committee in an impassioned speech when they voted to limit public debate on a proposed “Stand Your Ground” law last Wednesday.
Flowers, who is the only black member of the committee, spoke against the proposal, and refused to curtail her comments due to what she argued is the fear of how gun violence would impact her son as well as members of the black community.
OMG. I want to give this woman, Arkansas State Senator Stéphanie Flowers, the biggest hug. I wish more people were as fired up and passionate as she is about gun violence prevention. She’s not afraid of the @NRA; she’s afraid of more gun deaths. https://t.co/BrGAKRBMEN pic.twitter.com/hmR2UJNjTz
— Khary Penebaker, Fx (@kharyp) March 8, 2019
“It doesn’t take much to look on the local news every night and see how many black kids, black boys, black men are being killed with these Stand Your Ground defenses that these people raise, and they get off. So I take issue with that. I’m the only person here of color. I am a mother, too. And I have a son. And I care as much for my son as y’all care for y’all’s. But my son doesn’t walk the same path as yours does. So this debate deserves more time,” she told her white colleagues.
“I’m in Pine Bluff. We have killings regularly down there. … I don’t know where Mr. Ballinger is from. But I can tell you for a long time since I’ve been back here in Arkansas, I have feared for my son’s life. Now he’s 27 and he’s out of Arkansas, and I thank God he is when you’re bringing up crap like this. It offends me. And then to limit the debate, too? This is crazy,” she said addressing Two Republican Sen. Bob Ballinger.
A dramatic clip of Flowers’ extended comments on the issue has since gone viral on social media, racking up more than 10 million views along with praise.
Reacting to the video in a series of tweets last Friday, Anyabwile said Flowers’ speech captured how many African Americans feel about gun laws.
“This [Arkansas] state senator speaks with a lot of raw passion. She captures the angst of many. She’s (a) generally scared for her son; (b) threatened by violence in her community; (c) threatened by gun carriers; (d) trying to be heard vs senate rules that silence,” Anyabwile began.
“Think what you will about gun laws. What I’m trying to point out is the incredible helplessness and chronic sense of threat and dread so typical to our people and communities. It comes from inside and outside the community and there appears to be no allies in the system,” he continued.
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Source: Christian Post