Canonization is the declaration of a deceased person as an officially recognized saint; specifically, it is the official act of a Christian communion declaring a person worthy of veneration and entering their name in the canon, or authorized list, of that communion’s recognized saints. Unlike Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christian communions, most Protestant bodies have no such practice.
The person so honored is recognized as an individual of great virtue, and miracles of faith and healing are associated with his or her name. Many of them died as martyrs.
Black activists along with the left-wing media have established their own canonization process. No matter the person’s merit or lack thereof, any black who dies in a confrontation with police is immediately elevated to black sainthood. The details of the incident are of little consequence. The deceased person may be a convicted felon with a rap sheet of many pages. Regardless, he or she is immediately placed on a higher plane and treated with some degree of adulation. At the same time, police are vilified.
On a certain level this new civil rights struggle has become spiritualized – a new religion. The beliefs of its leaders are anti-traditional and anti-capitalist. They apparently wish to tear everything down, but what they wish to replace it with remains obscure. They have their own saints, and they have demonized defenders of the old order – particularly the police.
We are in deep trouble. No wonder metropolitan police departments are having difficulty filling their ranks, and it is no surprise that crime rates are soaring.
Note: I do not make light of black sensitivities. I believe I can understand their rage and the canonization effect. Blacks were suppressed and given second class treatment for much of our country’s history, and agitators are constantly reminding them of this fact. Though we have made great progress, many blacks remain trapped in ghettos that reek of economic deprivation and despair. Also, vestiges of racism remain. Blacks lash out at the most visible symbols of white oppression – the police. But the police are not their enemy. Neither are most whites. We need leaders in the black community who will guide their brothers away from riots and destruction and encourage them to take paths of peace, reconciliation and prosperity.