The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. – Romans 13:2
On this day in 1967, one of the worst riots in U.S. history broke out on 12th Street in the heart of Detroit’s predominantly African-American inner city. It began in the early morning hours and lasted four days.
It was only stopped after 7,000 National Guard and U.S. Army troops were involved. The death toll came to 43 and 342 were injured. Nearly 1,400 buildings were burned. The 12th Street Riot was the worst U.S. riot in 100 years, occurring during a period of numerous riots in America.
The National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, appointed by President Johnson, identified more than 150 riots or major disorders between 1965 and 1968. In 1967 alone, 83 people died and 1,800 were injured. Property valued at more than $100 million was damaged, looted, or destroyed.
America, we must study our history, not so we can repeat it, but so we can find a better way of solving problems. Rioting, senseless death, injuries, destruction is not the way to solve problems. Let’s look at the late 1960’s and see how that ended. Do we really want the 2000’s to be a carbon copy? Have we not learned anything from our sad history?
God’s way is to pray and obey. If we look at God’s Word, we see that we are to lean fully on Him for guidance and be obedient to His Word. Nowhere in the Bible does it condone violence or rioting, destruction and hate.
When will we learn that drawing racial lines and causing division are methods that get us nowhere? It accomplishes exactly nothing and leaves people dead in the streets! What about that is right? God cries at these times.
I cry too when I see the division is evident once again. As a child of the 1960’s, it’s apparent to me that history is beginning to repeat itself, and it makes my heart sink. Let’s come together and pray for America because frankly, with God’s help, we can be better than that! Now that we’ve examined what happened in the 1960’s. Let’s not allow history to repeat itself. 🙂