I was born and raised in the Midwest among several small farm towns west of Toledo Ohio. My family, though only three generations ago had a portion of the farm-able land they worked hard to purchase since coming to the New World, had very little wealth to speak of.
My father worked general labor for a major grain company, and my mother would babysit for relatives in order to keep food on the table and a roof over our heads. I distinctly remember having to eat bowls of milk soaked bread with sugar for breakfast, because we couldn’t afford cereal. I wore hand me down clothes from my cousins until I grew out of them. In middle school I would get made fun of for the hooded Chicago Bulls long-sleeved shirt I wore nearly everyday in sixth, seventh and eighth grade. Some of those kid’s families still had farm land, while mine had squandered it or lost it for reasons unknown. From a young age I understood a bit about the dynamic of those who had and those who had not, and this was primarily among an all white upbringing and in a non-Christian home.
I didn’t have the opportunity to know, live, and work among non-whites until I joined the Army at age 24. The first guy I met in basic training was my bunk mate ‘Vick’, who grew up in a predominately black neighborhood. Him and I were both curious about each others backgrounds, only having stereotypes and television to go off of. It turned out that we were very much alike, and became fast friends. In environments like basic training (and later worse scenarios in Iraq and Afghanistan) you don’t allow something as petty as one’s skin color get in the way of companionship and support.
The military taught me to value an individual’s worth by their work ethic, personal character, and a strong dedication to get the mission accomplished regardless of what the job was. Skin color had very little to do with these strengths as you could easily find plenty of useless (“ate-up”, “soup sandwich”, “blue falcons”, etc.) soldiers among any ethnicity. So today when I read monolithic claims that “All these people are this or that”, I just shake my head. And though I still value the strengths I’ve listed, as a Christian I now know an individual’s worth is inherent to them being a creation of God.
All of this is to say that while my upbringing does influence my understanding of people, becoming a Christian at age 30 altered some of my thinking. There are many today who seem to be solely driven by the stereotypes they heard or the experiences they had growing up, over and above the teachings of Scripture. Race hustlers are currently using these narratives to push a greater narrative among Christians, and that narrative is this; All White people (even Christians) oppress Blacks in all facets of life, as they have done in the past, and they care entirely and exclusively for there own even at the detriment of other ethnicities. The narrative is then supported by variations of the philosophical/sociological theories expressed in my previous post, and they might throw in some biblical terminology for legitimacy.
So let’s be real for a minute, tune out the race hustlers, and consider the people that are being accused and attacked daily for the problems of others. Not all of us had a privileged upbringing or inherited monetary benefits from our forefathers. Not all of us are racist bigots who want all brown people deported. Sure there are times when the stereotypes, the experiences, etc. reflect some truth about some individuals, but the SJW narrative doesn’t accurately address the reasons these problems occur. They mean to construct an alternate reality that is based on assumptions, stereotypes, and their own prejudices.
In 2019, White people as a whole are not trying to oppress Black people anymore than they want to marry their cousins or eat mayonnaise on everything. That doesn’t mean that some aren’t trying to do these things, and the Bible is absolutely clear about the reasons why. The Bible is also clear about the ways in which these issues should be addressed, understood, and dealt with. There is no solution that the social justice warriors can propose that’ll outweigh what God has already said. And there is no work that can be down outside of the working of the Holy Spirit to change people.
So when so many that claim to understand these biblical truths willfully participate and support this narrative, it begs the question; What are the majority race hustlers and those that mean to divide us really after? Let’s be real, it’s money and power, for themselves.