Taking on Racism: Part 1
We call it sad. Sick. Wrong. Twisted.
And it is.
But before I go and “attack” anyone, I’d better look at myself very, very closely. I need to examine my heart, and make sure it’s in the right place.
What is “racism”?
1. The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others.
2. Discrimination or prejudice based on race.
I wonder how many people out there find themselves segregating–I’m not talking about just black and white, I’m talking about everyone. Whether you’re red, yellow, black, or white, have you ever done that?
It’s not like I’m trying to do it on purpose, but I see it happening all the time with all people. And we know it’s not right, but we’re lazy and do it anyway. You don’t want to make the effort to invite someone different into your group.
Of course, I’ll point out, people can take things to far when it comes to racism. Both sides can cry “foul” when there is no foul. Some people say they’re fighting for someone’s rights, when they only make divisions wider. There are people who stir up trouble and obviously don’t help anything at all.
But what I’m talking about it the real-deal, daily life stuff happening right now.
I think you know you’ve probably done it.
It hurts to think about it–that discrimination that happens when you really don’t realize it. We all need to work on that. It really isn’t right.
In California, I went on a mission trip to rebuild roofs. My crew was extremely diverse, yet we worked together, side by side. Never any problems. Nobody got left out. We were all teens working for a common goal, and sweating on that roof just as much as the other guy. Awesome.
That’s what I don’t understand about white supremacists. What makes you any better than the next guy? You might as well give up on that one–we’re bleeding the same color blood, and breathing the same air. Nothing makes you better than the next guy. Absolutely nothing at all.
For me as a Christian, I believe in 1 Corinthians 12:13:
For we were all baptized by[a] one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.
But still, I’ve slipped and fallen. I’ve been stupid and at times didn’t think about someone else and how my actions might offend them. There is a such thing as love–love for all people, no matter what they look like. And there is even a right kind of tolerance–and there is absolute truth. Tolerance is “Acknowledging another human’s religion and understanding their right to freedom of religion. You respect their beliefs but do not accept them as truth.”
But back to the topic at hand–have you done it before? Have you blown past the guy sitting alone? Have you said “no” to someone when they wanted to join you in an activity? Have you been lazy and not cared about others feelings?
Maybe it’s not “racism” in the way some think of it. Its just disrespect. And every human being deserves respect, white or black, male or female.
Common decency at a minimum–but love is what we’re striving for.
I wanted to get that out of the way before I continued: I’ve fallen in this area. I’m not perfect, and we need to be honest when taking on issue such as these. Thanks for listening.