The Coming Civil War?

Deal W. Hudson
July 9, 2016

Though I opposed the election of President Obama, twice, I hoped, like many others, that it would offer hope to the African American community and lower the tensions between white and black Americans. Now, at the end of two Obama terms, we have a group, #BlackLivesMatter, seething with anger, even hatred, towards the police, regardless of color, and toward white Americans in general.

Five Dallas policemen are dead and another six are wounded as result.

We also have pockets of “shooters” appearing out of nowhere, such as in Tennessee, just to kill “white people and cops.”

Social media erupted with more calls for more cop killing — see the worst of them here.

To cap it off, anyone who carried a Trump sign in public is risking physical harm, perhaps death. Attacks on Trump supporters have, sadly, become routine at his campaign events, one of the worst being in San Jose.

In the wake of the Dallas tragedy, Hillary Clinton lectures white people on why it’s their responsibility, and Loretta Lynch promises BlackLivesMatter that they will not lose their freedom to demonstrate. In other words, they offer comfort to the killers and blame the victims.

How do we know a violent disposition exists among these BlackLivesMatters protest.  Moments, after five Dallas police were killed groups from the “peaceful” demonstration, celebrated nearby and reported delight with the murders via twitter.

Jesse Jackson, predictably, blamed Donald Trump for the “anti-black” mood that fueled the Dallas shootings. The Republican National Convention promises to be a non-stop riot with various groups vowing to shut it down.

There is even a “Resist the 2016 Cleveland RNC” page on Facebook. I wonder how quickly a similar Facebook page encouraging demonstrations at the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia would be shut down.

Obama, meanwhile, smiles broadly and toasts David Cameron with champagne, far away, and denies the deep division he’s helped to create in our nation. I’m sure he didn’t consider returning to the USA for more than a nano-second.

We are in serious trouble here in the United States. We desperately need new leadership who don’t care about approval from the mainstream media or the elites here and overseas. These new leaders need to simultaneously seek justice against those who commit violence and address the causes of the violence without playing the race card, as Hillary Clinton did after the Dallas killings.

Seeking justice does include addressing unnecessary police force against minorities and racial profiling.  The death of Alton Sterling confirms, once again, that there are police using their power and authority to express their prejudice through violence.  It has been reported that the Dallas shooter was motivated by the desire for “payback” against “whites” and police officers.

The unrestrained desire for “payback,” by any individual or group, will only lead to further death and division. What we are witnessing, not merely in Dallas but at the Mexican border, is the stirrings of much broader conflict, a possible civil war, that will fight on the streets, first, with the police and, ultimately, with the military and private citizens. Americans, it should be noted, have been buying guns at a record pace for many months.

Can the momentum towards violence be stopped? It’s doubtful. We are in the midst of a presidential campaign that’s igniting passions never before witnessed in this generation. President Obama is the person who could do the most to calm the waters, but he seems stubbornly inclined to throw fuel on the fire.  Hillary Clinton, it appears, will do the same. Donald Trump? He has the opportunity to demonstrate a new style of leadership that might just reorient our nation.  I pray he’s up to it.

By Deal Hudson

Deal W. Hudson was born November 20, 1949 in Denver, CO, to Emmie and Jack Hudson, both native Texans. Dr. Hudson had an older sister Ruth, and eventually, a younger sister, Elizabeth. Emmie Hudson, Ruth Hudson and Elizabeth Hudson now live in Houston, TX; Jack Hudson passed away some years ago. The late Jack Hudson was a captain for Braniff Airlines in Denver at the time of Dr. Hudson’s birth. Later the family moved to Kansas City when his father joined the Federal Aviation Agency. From Kansas City, the Hudson family moved to Minneapolis, then to Massapequa, NY, and finally to Alexandria, VA, where they first occupied a home overlooking the Potomac River adjacent to the Mount Vernon estate. After a year, the family moved to a home on Tarpon Lane a few houses up the street from the Yacht Haven boat docks. Dr. Hudson attended Mt. Vernon Elementary School from grades 4 to 6 and has a special gratitude for the teaching of Mr. Hoppe who first told him was a ‘smart lad.’ Having moved with his family to Fort Worth, TX in 1960, Dr. Hudson attended William Monnig Junior High and Arlington Heights HS. In high school, Dr. Hudson was captain of the golf team, editor of the literary magazine (Guerdon), and performed the role of Peter in the ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ during his senior year. Dr. Hudson graduated cum laude with a major in philosophy from the University of Texas-Austin in 1971 where his undergraduate advisor was Prof. John Silber. His teachers at the University of Texas included Prof. Louis Mackey and Prof. Larry Caroline. Dr. Hudson minored in both classics and English literature. Dr. Hudson lived in Atlanta from 1974-1989, where he attended Emory University, receiving a Phd from the Graduate Institute for the LIberal Arts. He also taught philosophy at Mercer University in Atlanta from 1980-89. In 1989 Dr. Hudson and his family left Atlanta when he was hired to teach philosophy at Fordham University in the Bronx. Dr. Hudson taught at Fordham, and also part-time at New York University, from 1989 to 1994. Dr. Hudson first came to Atlanta in after graduation from Princeton Theological Seminary (PTS) with an M.Div. While at PTS, Dr. Hudson managed the Baptist Student Union at Princeton University and became its first director. Dr. Hudson also was licensed at a minister in the Southern Baptist Convention at Madison Baptist Church in Madison, NJ. Dr. Hudson’s primary area of study at PTS was the history of Christian doctrine which he pursued with Dr. Karlfried Froelich. In 1984 Dr. Hudson was received in the Catholic Church by Msgr. Richard Lopez, with the special permission of Archbishop Thomas A. Donnellan, at the chapel of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cancer Home in Atlanta. Dr. Hudson has been married twenty-five years to Theresa Carver Hudson and they have two children, Hannah Clare, 23, and Cyprian Joseph (Chip), 15, adopted from Romania when he was three years old. The Hudson family has lived in Fairfax, VA for more than fifteen years, after having lived five years in Bronxville, NY and a year in Atlanta, GA, where Theresa and Deal were married.

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