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?

I have.

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.

4 responses to “Taking on Racism: Part 1”

  1. […] The day I start talking about segregation, Rosa Parks passes away. Call her “the woman who refused to get up,” but I’m sure Rosa Parks had no idea what her tired feet and frustrating treatment would lead to on December 1, 1955. … December 1, 1955, was also the beginning of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which lasted about a year. Blacks refused to ride the buses in Montgomery, Alabama, until November 13, 1956, when the U.S. Supreme Court declared segregation on buses unconstitutional. Despite its embarrassing and often pathetic history, America is still, by far, the greatest country in the world, no matter what color you happen to be. […]

  2. Kaitlin says:

    I wish that everyone in this country could read this post and maybe try to understand how I feel. I don’t even think that it’s worth the tears anymore.

  3. Pondering says:

    A couple of thoughts to add…and something that troubles me. It is that fear that we all hold some prejudices. It really bothers me because and causes me to look inward and reflect on my heart. I would like to say that is not true. For years my parents lived in Africa as missionaries and the one thing my mother taught me is “at the foot of the cross the ground is level.” God created us all equal and no one race is better in His eyes. When I am not loving as Christ loved me, then I need to get on my knees and confess it.
    By the way, those little girls who sing the songs of hate need to be prayed for as well. It breaks my heart.

  4. Tim says:

    You’re right Pondering. So right. It’s funny how this story could get you to think so deeply. God can use all things for his glory. It’s made me remember to pray for everyone: liberals, haters, and every type of unwanted person– “at the foot of the cross the ground is level.”

    “When I am not loving as Christ loved me, then I need to get on my knees and confess it.”

    You said it.

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