Special Editorial

When you sow the wind, you reap a tornado

By Noble Johns

ASPEN HILL, Md. (BNW) —
You know, God works in mysterious ways. Ever since Bush as been in office, it appears that we as a nation have been catching nothing but hell. Could it be that in this so-called God fearing nation, God is exacting punishment to America that is long overdue?

Everyone prays for God to bless American, but how can the God of fairness and justice bless America for the gargantuan injustices this country has caused the Black man and other victims of its cruelty to humanity? It wouldn’t be a fair nor just God if it did!

Beginning with slavery, Jim Crow, lynchings of tens of thousands of innocent Black men and women, a corrupted criminal justice system that now house over 2 million Black men in prison, and has over half of all Black men in this country today under some kind of criminal conviction, so you tell me, how a just God can bless America? Those who think so, both Black and white, are on a pipe dream!

While the bus driver who was killed by the “One Shot” killer was Black and a number of others victimized by the sniper were Black, even a few victims in the 911 attacks were Blacks, however, it is hard for God to avenge the mistreatment of the Black men in this country without sacrificing a few Blacks as well. As the old saying goes, sometimes the good have to suffer with the bad.

Conrad Johnson, a 35-year-old Black man and the father of two, was shot as he stood at the top of the steps of the bus shortly before 6 a.m., Montgomery County, but he was just an innocent victim of God’s revenge on America.

What is really hurting this country is not so much the lose of innocent lives, but the threat to its greedy and corrupt way of life. That’s the real punishment to America from God!

For example, the unsolved sniper shootings in Washington's suburbs has delivered another economic blow to the nation's capital, still trying to recover from terrorism and anthrax. The shootings come as tourism, a major component of Washington's economy, was trying to return to levels before Sept. 11, 2001.

``People have a lot of choices where they want to travel. For many people, this appears to be a pretty good reason not to visit,'' said Anriban Basu, an economist with RESI, the consulting arm of Towson University. ``The attacks on 9/11 and the anthrax attacks, and now this; it's just too much. If this were to persist, you would see more people say, `I've had enough.'''

Even before the sniper shootings began, tourism was down. The industry was expected to bring $9.1 billion into the local economy this year, down 11.3 percent from 2000, according to a report released Thursday by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

``The industry is on shaky ground right now,'' said Cathy Keefe, a spokeswoman for the Travel Industry Association.

While no conventions have been canceled due to the sniper shootings, some school trips have been postponed or shifted. WorldStrides, a Charlottesville, Va.-based company, had scheduled 100 student trips to the capital this fall. Since the first sniper shooting on Oct. 2, 10 trips have been postponed, and the itineraries of another 15 were changed. Instead of sleeping in the suburbs, the students and teachers will be housed at hotels within the District of Columbia city limits, said Lisa Cassidy, director of customer development.

The local economy already has had to deal with serious problems. Reagan National Airport in suburban Arlington, Va., was closed for three weeks after Sept. 11 because of its proximity to federal buildings; full service wasn't allowed to resume until the following April. Anthrax-filled letters were mailed to Capitol Hill, and the region's high-tech industry went the way of other dot-com companies.

``We were on the road to recovery,'' said Mantill Williams, a spokesman for the AAA, the former American Automobile Association. ``The timing of these attacks has really been bad. If this person isn't caught soon, this could have a devastating impact.''

The impact is already being felt in some areas. With high school students not allowed off-campus for lunch, restaurants catering to them report a drop in business. With the sniper having gunned down four people as they pumped gas, business is down markedly at some service stations.

The overall economy has yet to be hurt, business leaders said.

``People still need to go about their business and buy the things they need,'' said Richard Parsons, president of the Montgomery County, Md., Chamber of Commerce. ``People still need to buy gas. They still need milk and groceries.''

In some cases, residents are changing where and when they shop. District of Columbia gas stations become more attractive, even with higher prices, because the only sniper shooting in the district occurred two weeks ago a few yards from the Maryland state line. Indoor malls take preference over strip shopping centers. Delivery services report more business.

``We've hearing from our customers that they just don't want to go out,'' said Richard Baran, owner of Takeout Taxi of Kensington, Md., which delivers meals from area restaurants. ``I think people are very, very nervous at this point.''

America will never have peace and God will never bless America until it repent for the injuctice it has done to the Black man in this country. It’s ironic, in trying to distroy the Black man, American society had to replace him with another man from outside our country, and that man is the one who will be this country’s undoing!


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