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Racism, an Author’s Thoughts

Tonya Jewel Blessing
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Racism is a Belief in the Superiority of One Race Over Another

Modern variants of racism are often based in social perceptions of biological differences between peoples. . .

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Racism is a difficult topic to address. I live in a country (South Africa) were racism is openly displayed. Discrimination is deeply rooted, and even encouraged. The encouragement, for the most part, however, comes from an unusual source. A corrupt government system that steals from people of all races controls the masses by pitting them against each other. When unfair government practices are exposed, false leaders deflect their corruptness by blaming different ethnicities. Wounds of the past aren’t healed because it benefits deceptive leaders to keep picking at the scab of racism.

Years ago, when I worked as a schoolteacher, I was troubled by a pre-teen boy who used the term “racism” repeatedly to justify bad grades, unwise choices, and naughty behavior. Racism exists all over the world, but to call something racism because it’s a convenient excuse diminishes the struggle and antagonism faced by so many.

Chris and I recently attended a dinner party. A young woman in attendance obviously had an agenda in mind for the evening. The topic of racism was brought to the table repeatedly. The woman had strong convictions about what racism looked like and shared several stories about how her friends had experienced injustices. When a disagreement about the subject came to light, she informed the group that people of a certain age couldn’t truly understand racism. The woman discounted that the small group present were seasoned Christians who had dedicated their lives to serving the poor in body, soul, or spirit without regard for race.

Again, racism is a difficult topic to address. Opinions about what racism looks like seem wide and varied.

Everyone needs to hear about God’s great love.  The Bible tells us that whosoever calls upon the name of Jesus will be saved. Jesus’ ministry was not limited by someone’s color of skin, economic background, religious understanding, or anything else for that matter. According to Scripture, Jesus touched the lives of those who crossed His path and were interested in hearing His truth.

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 It isn’t racist to be curious and learn about other people. It also isn’t racist to create dialog and understanding among different ethnicities. Those type of encounters should endear us to one another and create a platform for reflecting the love of Christ. 

Christmas time, and every season for that matter, should be about Jesus – living for Jesus, serving Jesus, and sharing His Good News for hope on earth and eternal salvation.

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3 thoughts on “Racism, an Author’s Thoughts”

  1. I’m so glad to hear someone comment on racism. The term is used so frequently we forget what it means. Thank you for your thoughts. Unifying and uplifting.

  2. Racism is ugly! I really didn’t experience any when I was growing up and attending school in Carroll County, but my brother is quite a bit older and has told me some of the things he remembers about how he saw black people being treated as he was growing up. He recounted that there were stores and other places that they couldn’t go even go into and such. Now, there are so many groups that have been formed to help ensure that different ethnic groups have the opportunity to attend college and to have the same equality as those once only white people had. It saddens me to hear when a few people in an ethnic group are making claims of being discriminated against due to the color of their skin and I hate that we have entered a time when racism is still so widely prevalent that it seems to have made the American Civil Rights Act and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s work little more than a dot in history.

    1. Thank you, Robin. It’s like a dragon that swims underwater and then surfaces every so often in different ways.

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