Last night my daughter and I watched a show that originally aired on February third of 2001. It was season 9: episode 13 of the Walker Texas Ranger series. The program talked about racial problems as if it was today.
An ex-con by the name of Boomer Knight, who was played by Hulk Hogan was running a Christian youth center. He was attempting to unify a racially divided neighborhood and keep the kids away from the gang life that he had once been a part of.
One day a young man was “tagging” in another gang’s area and ran into the center for protection. They encouraged him to stay for his protection and he displayed his skills with the ball. A little convincing and a basketball team was formed.
He told the kids about how he was so full of hate that on his first day in prison he went to solitary confinement. Through the wall he heard a man quoting scripture. Day after day her heard nothing but that man’s voice. When the guy left he saw just enough of his face to know that the man was African-American. As he thought about the fellow’s words he was led him to the Lord.
Together Boomer and Walker told about how the ranger had arrested him. At first Boomer was mad about it but after repenting he became friends with Cordell. That was why Walker and the other rangers were helping Boomer coach basketball.
When the older boys found out what was going on they went to the center to put a stop to the gangs playing ball However, Boomer had some of his former gang members talk with the kids. They told about how the young people were on a road with only two ends. One was prison and the other was death. They painted a horrid picture of what would happen to the youngsters if they went to prison.
Well that got the older boys forming a team as well. At first they had problems playing together. They would only pass the ball to members of their own gangs. Walker and Boomer had the boys sit down and then they rotated some spots on the bench mixing the boys up. They told them if they wanted to be a team they had to stop looking at skin. Boomer told them God does not see color. I wish I could find exact quotes for you because this show was so full of good preaching.
The local drug dealer, Carson: Chaka Forman was not happy at the drop in his business. He challenged both gangs and told them they would regret the decision to stop selling his poison. He and his flunkies kidnapped Boomer and tried to hang him. Well the kids found them and rescued Boomer and then he stopped them from killing the thugs. He told them those dealers were not worth doing time for. The rangers came and arrested the pushers and Alex said they would be doing a lot of time for the chargers they were able to file with the boys help.
I sure would love to see an update of this story with some of these young folks, now grown men telling this generation the lesson Boomer and Walker taught them. God does not see our color. He sees what is within. All these folks distorting His word to use it as a basis for hate makes me so angry. God did not create a superior race. He made us all in His image. Environmental changes that resulted from the Tower of Babel created the differences in our skin colors. It was not some master plan because these ones are smarter than those ones. His word says it is not his will that any should perish. God is color blind. Why aren’t we?