Defining the Race Issue: What Should We Want?
This gives the different perspectives on what racism really is, as perceived by the two main groups. This is important, because in much of the political rhetoric today, people are talking right past each other. And it seems Conservatives are now doing most of the talking, and taking the concerns black people still have, and interpreting it as this “incessant whining” over the past, and trying to get “freebies”.
If the blacks could get over the abuses of the past, it would prove this country’s history wasn’t so bad, and in fact was the “greatest in the world”. (Christians who get caught up in this political rhetoric see nothing wrong with such a man-glorifying view. This is why Reconstructionists emphasize Calvinism as one of the necessary pillars of this view. As much as that soteriology criticizes “man-glorifying views” of justification, the way they read it, it justifies superiority, because the people are “chosen” of God, so to them, He gets the “glory” for that superiority. And another of their pillars, “presuppositionalism”, further backs this up by dismissing any questioning of this logic).
So instead, they have to keep highlighting the flaws of these people, and bringing up the issue; even under the guise of claiming the other side is the one bringing up the issue too much. They are reacting to voices from decades ago, moreso than what most people are demanding now.
When you have a society founded upon evils such as colonialism, this cannot just be swept under the rug, forgotten as “irrelevant”, justified, rationalized, or otherwise disowned. Conservatives are so big on the notion of “national sins”, when highlighting more modern trends, but when it comes to those in the past, they think it totally doesn’t matter. Why is it wrong then for liberals to ignore or condone the “evils” of abortion, adultery, sloth, envy or homosexuality, then?
Patriotic conservatives want no consequences at all for the past, and so blame everything wrong today on others, and then demand people stop “whining” or playing a “card” on them.
What they are really doing is basically fighting for the “honour” of ‘traditional American society’. It was founded on colonialism and slavery, with capitalism undergirding the whole system all along. So none of this can ever be admitted as wrong. The first two are simply downplayed as irrelevant today, and then we are deflected toward the inherent flaws of the descendants of the victims.
The last one is defended and used to further prove that something’s wrong with those not making it under the system.
Much of the rhetoric defending capitalism draws a striking parallel:
•We built up our civilization and military might, while you’re backwards, and just laying around this jungle, so we’re taking you as slaves. (Or taking your land and its resources). That is our God-given right, and you have no right to complain (i. e. getting “uppity”).
-The government is taking away our rights and destroying society (by ending slavery and later, segregation, and turning loose these inferior people on society).
•We’ve built up our business and economic might, while you made dumb mistakes or are just too lazy to pull yourselves up, so we’re taking all the money, while you struggle. That is our God-given right, and you have no right to complain (i. e. “whining”).
-The government is taking away our rights (the familiar complaints today. Add to this, “those people [are the ones who] have an ‘entitlement mentality’!”).
Patriotic conservatives want to personally identify with all of what they see as the good of US history and economics, but when it comes to slavery and racism, “I wasn’t around back then; don’t blame me; that’s the past!” Today’s economic problems are then blamed on everybody else.
They need to decide to either identify, and own both the good and the bad, or to dissociate. (Which is what the liberals have done; hence not being as patriotic).
The latter is more consistent with scripture, since God judges us as individuals, and our citizenship is supposed to be in His Kingdom anyway.
They often ask what we “want” from them. What’s really wanted is for them to let go of this glorification of history. And in turn, to stop blaming us for your national problems. (And this is what blacks who believe we should still “fight for equality” should focus on).
Either all men are created in the image of God [good], and all are fallen from that standard [bad], and equally prone to sins such as taking what’s not theirs, and degrading any culture they may create or be apart of (the stuff conservatives point at others as doing); or the very “Christian foundation” you appeal to is a sham. If the Gospel is simply about the battle between the “good” nation and the “bad” groups who need to be corralled before they ruin everything, with the works of the Law determining who’s who, then what did Christ die for? The people demanding Him to be crucified were right, then, because that was precisely their ideology).
As long as they hold onto that stuff, they will be defensive and lash back when ever their beliefs are challenged.
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