America’s New Brand of Racism
Something is terribly wrong in our world.
Every time you turn on the television or scroll through social media, you can see it for yourself. You’ve probably seen it at work and in your local schools as well. In fact, there’s a good chance you’ve experienced it firsthand.
I’m talking about racism.
Racism is, of course, nothing new in the United States of America. Our history is blotted and marred with slavery, the KKK, and Jim Crow laws, among other horrors. But today’s brand of racism is different.
It’s more subtle, but just as damaging.
The racism of today is not the historic oppression of black people by whites. Racism in America today is one of personal philosophy and ethics. One which turns a blind eye to the murder of black children in the womb in the name of choice, poisons the minds of those who escape the horror of abortion in the name of education, and sentences the rest of the black community to lives of victimhood in the name of justice.
All this is done while flipping the sharp edge of racism around to cut into whites of every socioeconomic background.
In the imaginary world of progressives, nearly everything is racist – and anyone who disagrees with their views is racist. They have no desire to see Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream come true; they have no wish to see people of all colors and creeds come together as one American people. Instead, they hope to see divisions grow and violence in the streets continue, because this serves to advance their narrative and fan the flames of tribalism.
Progressives long to undo the progress America has made since the Civil Rights Act was first passed in 1964.
They talk about equity but never equality. They shout about social justice but are silent about actual justice when the suspect’s skin color doesn’t fit their narrative.
They say they care about the lives of black people, even as they support policies that make abortion the number-one cause of death for black Americans. Progressives seek to dupe the black community into believing they want what is best for us, but in reality, almost everything progressives propose does irreparable harm to the black family – and the entire black community.
Abortion and Critical Race Theory are two of the biggest lies out there today. They are poisonous plants that both grow from the bitter soil of racism. I believe they are among the greatest evils persisting in our time.
The pro-life cause has been on the hearts of most white evangelicals since the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision of 1973. Sadly, it has not been embraced to the same degree by black Christians. My sincere prayer is that we can change that. Too many have bought into the lies that abortion gives poor women options for a better future, when all it does is perpetuate a sense of helplessness and victimhood in the black community, especially among black women – all while killing millions of preborn babies and staining the hands of our nation with innocent blood.
Critical Race Theory is a newer plague, and while some believers are beginning to understand the harm it is doing to our society, many others have embraced it as a more righteous way of viewing our world. But CRT does not offer any hope or a productive path forward. The picture painted by proponents of CRT is bleak. If racism is baked into every area of society and every system that pervades our lives, what hope is there?
The short answer: there isn’t any.
The solution, according to many CRT advocates, is to tear down the system completely. Our institutions, laws, free markets, and traditions – things that have guaranteed freedoms and privileges to all Americans that are unmatched by any other civilization in the world (past or present) – all have to go. What’s worse, they don’t offer any real alternative to take their place.
This won’t happen overnight, so to move things along – as progressives demand – whites must denounce their “white privilege” to stand in solidarity with blacks. They are encouraged to recognize their guilt and ultimately think less of themselves simply because of their skin color.
But the answer to racism cannot be more racism, and the remedy for white supremacy, where it does exist, cannot be a new system of black supremacy.
Scripture tells us not to repay evil with evil, but to overcome evil with good (1 Peter 3:9).
Critical Race Theory is insidious because while it promises to right wrongs, it does nothing to lift anyone up.
White people are condemned as racist, regardless of their specific actions. People of color, blacks in particular, are painted as victims, regardless of their privileges, opportunities, or status.
Individual responsibility is replaced with predetermined outcomes, so blacks are robbed of the dignity that comes with hard work and determination. Progressives pass out the crown of victimization to blacks as a garland, but only fools wear it.
Racism is not color – it’s a sin.
We as Christians must stand against the agenda of progressives and reject the lies of abortion and Critical Race Theory. We must recognize that our system, while not perfect, has offered far more good than bad over the history of our great nation.
And ultimately, we must hold to biblical truth and reject tribalism, embracing the powerful words of Galatians 3:28…
“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
The only cure for racism, in all its forms, is changed hearts and the unity that Christ offers.
By John Amanchukwu
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