Much is being said these days about white privilege in America, that somehow because of skin color some people are automatically more advantaged and privileged than those of another or other skins colors. And the result is to condemn and demonize certain people based on this arbitrary distinction and to victimize and entitle others and thereby bring up mistrust and hatred and bad feelings among people based on arbitrary categories.
Look around and see that anyone who is in America whether born here, who has come as an immigrant and even those who have come here illegally whatever color or ethnicity is more privileged that most other people on this planet in the physical realm.
We have access to flushing toilets, to clean running water, to air-conditioning and heating: we don’t cook over wood or dung but have safe food and cooking conditions; we have all kinds of social services, charitable organizations, and safety nets; amazing health care even as expensive as it may be and the list goes on.
Why do people of all colors and ethnicities keep coming and desire to come–because they think their lives will be much better off here than in their home countries. And they stay or desire to stay whether legally or illegally because it is. And if they didn’t think they would be better off, they wouldn’t come.
The whole notion of “white privilege” is nonsense. All kinds of people by hard work and diligence can better themselves because of the freedoms and opportunities afforded them. We don’t have social strata that are fixed. People continually move up and down the social and economic scale.
We have all kinds of opportunities for education and ways for people to better themselves and their families and children. That’s what freedom and liberty and a constitutional republic offer.
And if we took the time and effort to delve past the arbitrary distinctions that certain people are promoting, we would see that the problems in this nation, and yes there are problems–every nation has problems and we are no exception–we live in a sinful world full of selfish and self-centered people, are much more complex that saying whites are privileged and other colors are disadvantaged.
A major problem is the breakdown of the family and children growing up in single parent families. All the statistics show kids who grow up in a two-parent family with mom and dad married fare better than those who do not. All the statistics show that dads are a vital part of a child’s development, for both boys and girls. So as a society we ought to be promoting healthy marriages and coming alongside those who are broken not just throwing money at them but actually trying to be a part of their lives as we have opportunity.
Another major problem is saying that men and women are the same (we are equal in value, but very different in roles and thinking and physical strength and even desires and outlook and so on) and treating little boys like little girls and not recognizing the differences leads to all kinds of issues. All kids need to run and play and fall down and skin their knees and get up and run and play some more, but it is particularly important for young boys to burn off that energy and not be made to sit for long periods of time and then medicated when they can’t and act out. Kids need lots of direction and love and to be recognized as individuals and not made to be little cookie cutters of what some adults desire.
We all need opportunities to win and lose so we can learn to win graciously and to lose without being angry or making excuses. Life is full of ups and downs and sometimes more downs that ups, and kids need to learn these things when they are young so they are better able to cope with the hard things later on.
Another area is that we need to be respectful of people with differing views. I remember a time when people used to say things like “I may disagree with you, but I will defend your right to say what you want.” Now so often we see those who demean, ridicule, dismiss and desire to shut down anyone with an opposing view and who call anyone who has views contrary to their ideas hateful and having no value. So we are beginning to see some people as worthwhile and others as less than human.
That is a very dangerous place for a society to be. Nazi Germany dehumanized the Jews; Communist Russia dehumanized the Ukrainians; the Turks dehumanized the Armenians; the Japanese dehumanized the Chinese and others in Southeast Asia.
And not to leave out America–we fought a civil war in the mid 1800’s to free the slaves–and that was whites against whites!! And do we still struggle–yes, but pitting group against group does nothing to solve the problems but rather to intensify them. We need take a realistic view as a society to see what we can do to come together to work on the problems recognizing that there are good and bad people, and that cuts across all categories, however we may categorize people. As has been said, there are bad apples in every barrel, but that also implies there are good apples there also and we need to promote the good and call out the bad wherever we find it.
Anyone can agree or disagree. That’s what this nation has been about–people with differing and opposing views being able to discuss and having the freedom to speak our minds without immediately being called hateful and abusive and micro-aggressive and all the other divisive and demeaning terms that are used against those whose thoughts and beliefs go against the “political correctness” of our times.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn spoke out against the Communist government of Russia and was shut down in his own country for his opposing views and was expelled and was only allowed back in after the fall of the Soviet Union. Totalitarian governments oppose differing ideas, free speech, and critics. It appears that there are those in powerful positions who are promoting this same kind of totalitarianism in our own country. Shut down the opposition by any means possible, criminalize certain speech as hateful and abusive and dehumanize those who differ and who may even dare to criticize.
And once you dehumanize a particular segment of society then any action against them is possible.
God’s word tells us that all people are created in His likeness and image, distorted by the fall, but nevertheless in His image and likeness and as such are worthy of respect. We don’t all have to agree, but all humans are to be respected and not treated as subhuman. We have all sinned against our Creator and as such need a Savior who God provided through sending His Eternal Son in the form of a man, the God-man Jesus Christ, who came to save His people from their sins and to reconcile all who repent and believe to God the Father and to grant eternal life in a new heaven and earth where there will be no sin or sorrow or disease or distinctions or misery or suffering, but utter loveliness face to face with our glorious and beautiful Lord Jesus. So the call today is “Repent and believe the gospel” and know His incredible mercy and grace and be spared His wrath against all sinners and the unbelieving.
God is gracious and merciful and will not turn away anyone who comes in faith!! “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
As we recognize that all people have worth and value, then we can be forgiving and forbearing to one another and follow The Golden Rule and treat others as we would like to be treated.