Tuesday, July 16, 2013

It's All About Race


The intelligentsia in the media can decide what to emphasize, what to downplay and what to ignore entirely when it comes to race. (Thomas Sowell, Intellectuals and Race, p. 4) 

As I write this, the trial of the decade seems to be concluded. I’m speaking of course about the very public, racially charged hearing of Paula Deen. Despite her excruciating-to-watch mea culpa, she has been found guilty of breaking a longstanding blasphemy law (I dare not mention which one); for which there is no forgiveness or mercy. 

Also as I write this, another racially charged ordeal has drawn to a close: The George Zimmerman trial. There are basically two reasons why this case is a national, nay international, event.  

First, it is the rare scenario of a white guy shooting and killing a black guy. This is right in the news media’s wheelhouse! (“Black guys shooting white guys” is hardly newsworthy and “black guys shooting black guys” is simply a taste of Chicago.) 

Now, when I say “white guy” I mean a Hispanic man with a white sounding name. (Yes, in the grey of twilight I’m sure George Zimmerman looked exactly like a “creepy-ass cracker” but in the light of day—not so much.) 

Second, President Obama inexplicably took it upon himself to declare, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.” I rarely say this of Obama, but I think he’s actually telling the truth here. (After all he does have two very non-hypothetical daughters and both of them are uncannily black.)  

Later that same evening, at a cocktail party, Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor announced if she had a son—he’d look like George Zimmerman. Not to be outdone, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton rejoined, “If I had a son he’d look like Monica Lewinsky.” 

(I say these things of Sotomayor and Clinton in jest. But Obama’s incendiary and irresponsible statement is as real as it is stupid.)
 
Naturally, the media’s and the President’s prejudices—combined with the usual race-baiters and hustlers—have propelled this local tragedy into the world’s spotlight. But here’s the thing: Once in the spotlight, it’s hard to just walk away when the “show is over.” 

Hence the trial is over but the show must go on!  

But is this never ending, mind-numbing theater of the absurd (framed in terms of the metanarrative of “white guilt and the victimization of people of color”) more about justice or race? The answer is clear, isn’t it? 

It’s all about race.  

Race is more than a biological category or a social category. It has become an industry, with its own infrastructure, branches, incentives and agendas. . . . Despite the wide variety of occupations in the race industry, there are commonalities in their underlying visions and agendas. Central . . . is the presumption that economic lags, educational deficiencies or even high crime rates among the respective groups they represent are due to the failings of others. (Thomas Sowell, Intellectuals and Race, p. 128) 

Race is an industry. But should it be? 

In God’s word we find wisdom for matters of race: 

He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dewllings . . . There is neither Jew nor Greek . . . you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Acts 17:26; Galatians 3:28) 

Whereas the humanistic myth of multiculturalism only serves to exacerbate racial tensions; the answer for our unity and diversity is found in scripture. In Christ and in Him alone, we find an integration point sufficient for our fragmentation and brokenness. 

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