First, the cross is associated with the death, resurrection, and ultimate victory of Jesus. ... For every intent and purpose the cross should include social issues but it doesn't. Black people continue to face systematically higher unemployment rates, fewer job opportunities, lower pay, poorer benefits, and greater job instability. They also face poor healthcare and higher incarcerations and expensive education.

These persistent differences reflect systematic racism. Despite notable improvements. Today’s Black Americans still have a harder time in life than whites securing good employment, healthcare and affordable educations. After 250 years since slavery and Jesus carrying that cross it has no association with the forementioned problems.

There are millions of dollars spent on churches with no class rooms to teach economical survival but after-death salvation. How many times has that cross passed by young Black brothers and sisters in the street fighting for survival. Yet all the Bible tells you is how to be saved but not how to get a job or support a family. To survive there must be a quid pro quo by accepting the cross in order for the pain to stop. No pain relief yet.