Pastor T. C. Johnson discusses the future of the Black Lives Matter movement

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WHNT News 19's Steve Johnson speaks with Pastor T. C. Johnson of St. Luke Christian Church about the Black Lives Matter movement

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Black Lives Matter movement means a lot of things to a lot of people.  There are a lot of supporters and certainly some critics of this movement, and this week Pastor T. C. Johnson of St. Luke Christian Church stopped by WHNT News 19 to discuss this very sensitive issue.

This movement began with the death of Trayvon Martin and the subsequent acquittal of George Zimmerman.  Many people strongly felt that justice was not served.  “We know that justice is not playing fair as it relates to race and color in this country. Statistics bear that out,” says Johnson.  “In Trayvon’s case, if George Zimmerman had been black and Trayvon white, we’d have someone in jail today and rightly so.”

“So the Black Lives Matter movement is questioning justice in the United States from the Supreme Court to the street cop.”  Pastor Johnson stated that, “In George Zimmerman’s case, a community patrol person can kill an African-American and justice does absolutely nothing about it, as we see it.”

While still young and not fully cohesive, the movement is gaining momentum quickly and the message they are spreading is one of equality.  “It’s a finger in the face of justice which used to be, which is supposed to be blind.  It appears she has pulled up the old sign for whites only, and it’s not fair.”  Pastor Johnson believes, “That Black Lives Matter, it’s a young, it’s a growing movement and it’s going to found itself well, especially if it keeps its eyes on the target of telling America that justice is protective of everyone, it shouldn’t be punitive to some because of the color of their skin.”

For more of our conversation with Pastor T. C. Johnson, watch our full three-part interview here: