Hi everyone, I don’t exactly have a singular question on this topic. It’s pretty loaded. I appreciate those of you that will take the time to read and respond.
I know many believers, like myself have been diligent to first ask the Holy Spirit to help us to discern truth and navigate these current cultural waters. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when we think we are getting a handle on things and then another challenging wave hits us. I listened recently to an RZIM podcast with Cameron and Nathan on the topic of Racism, Civil Unrest and the Hope of the Gospel.
I have found it particularly difficult over the past year to converse and effectively communicate with others regarding the issues plaguing our current culture. Quite frequently I find it to be a kafkatrap for those of us that are Caucasian, like myself.
What is often communicated is that my race is racist, but it’s not racist to say that. It appears my race is given two “racist” options: 1. Accept that you are racist because you are white 2. Deny it and you are assumed guilty by your denial.
I agree with Nathan that this “Cancel Culture short circuits a persons genuine development.” No one is allowed to question, or to think out loud, especially if you are white. It’s as if we are not aloud to be human.
I agree that people are indeed addicted to the violence narrative& no longer permitted to speak freely. Not only can a differing opinion get you canceled, it can get you killed. I was made aware that the words “All Lives Matter” stated by a young mother earlier this month resulted in a BLM protestor shooting her in the head and resulted in her death.
As a military kid I grew up in a multi-racial/multi-cultural environment, a melting pot. We have never lived in a segregated community , but have seen communities that were. I am very aware of communities in America who willingly choose to live only among those that look like they do or believe and practice a specific religion. Not all segregated neighborhoods are white.
I have been the minority and experienced both physical and verbal abuse and violence in my youth as did my older brother. We are aware of the reality of racism. And been the target of hatred because of our skin color.
I agree with Nathan that there has never been a society that has established equality, mutual reciprocity, equity or fairness and that the equality of humanity has not been self-evident for the black community in this country. Though I would argue that no other country has created an environment capable of providing that more than America.
- I would like to know what exactly has been “my part” in systemic forms of injustice?
When discussing the shame and honor dynamic of our present culture. The term “breaking on the floor” in academic debates was brought up and expressed as a good thing.
What do you say when it comes to conversations where there is evidence of people pressuring and bullying others, in a sense to “break on the floor” or suffer consequence if they refuse to comply and or affirm that they are in agreement. As this is a common occurrence I have witnessed in recent weeks.
We know that change has occurred but not to the degree it needs to. However it seemed that in the discussion with Nathan and Cameron, that Brandon was thinking these necessary reforms and the process of reconciliation needed to be put on the back-burner. Collective repentance was expressed. I am not sure if I am understanding correctly. Is it being implied that the hope of the black community in America can only be affirmed if the white community “collectively” repents? Is this completely on the shoulders of our white population? Cameron did say a good bit about repentance. But never clarified what exactly he repented. Much was expressed about the importance of TRUTH, but what specific truth they were discussing was never stated.
In reflection regarding a best selling book on racism called “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo I find that she makes a ton of assertions. In her writings I see an important symmetry that exists between anti-racist ideas and white supremacy; both operate under a presumption that whiteness is the most important thing in society. I think she has a deplorable view of autonomy of black people. Her description of reality degrades and diminishes the accomplishments blacks have achieved in society. She seems to assert that if black people have any individual will of their own, that it is inhibited by whatever white people want to do to them. This book and its critical theory tenants are very religious. White people are all sinners. Recognize and acknowledge your sins. Speak up loudly about it. Make obeisance to blacks. Yet, there is actually no redemption for whites in the author’s view. The only kind of redemption from the sin is to virtue signal that you are such a sinner, then do the racist “anti-racist work forever and ever and ever. Appears the goal she has in mind for white people is victimhood.
Lastly I want to know are we, as humanity, capable of coming up with a system for equally valuing and respecting one another? And if so, based on what objective moral standard? What would this “collective moral” grounding be rooted in or based on and how would it be established?
Thank you for your time. God bless each of you,