The Scam, Silencing, and Sadness of Social Justice; Part II
Sadly, proponents of social justice are advanced, by themselves and their followers, as the non-racist, “woke,” group in our nation. The others, not in this group, must be either still overtly racist, blind to their racism, or perhaps indifferent so that their silence is a participation in the systemic racism that has corrupted our society. With categories like these, many simply go along with or jump on the social justice train for fear of being labeled as racist. This is the silencing of social justice.
However, this silencing even goes further ensuring that many zip their lips or say very little because of a further social justice tactic. In this case, the tactic is used regarding the subcategory of racism, but is used with other sub categories too. The tactic goes something like this, white Americans, because they are (especially) white and American cannot speak authoritatively or knowledgeably about racism or opposingly to social justice views on racism. Therefore, these people, of whom I am one, are at the outset disqualified to adequately address this issue. Does this not seem to beg the question, “Is not this kind of tactic racist itself?” Luther King Jr. said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Yet, Luther King's statement applies to white people too! May we be judged by the weight of our arguments, that is the truth of them, regardless of from whose lips they spring. One of the many problems with social justice is that it is participating in that which it says it is fighting, namely racism.
So, it is here that I start, knowing that I am qualified to enter the discussion not because of my skin color or because I take a pro social justice stance (which I do not), but because truth and justice are greater than us all, blind to our color, ethnicities, and nationalities; all are invited to come and reason together.
I despise racism. Yet before we go even a step further, the often-ignored assumption is that we are all taking about the same thing when it comes to racism. Yet, what is racism? While it may be given different meanings in our society, the definition from which I will be working from is the following: Racism is the Biblically unloving behavior, beliefs, or attitudes toward a person or group of people because of their different ethnicity or skin color. The reason that racism is an evil is not because our society says it is, but because it is a sin against God by not loving fellow and equal image bearers of God, whom He created. Any definition of racism that does not define it as a sin against God has some other agenda, some other faulty foundation, and is deceptive. The reason racism is said to be Biblically unloving is because the measure of whether a person is racist can only be objectively measured against the law of love found in God’s Word.
I must also clear something else out, before moving on any further. I have heard it said that sometimes a white person will say something to the affect of, “I am not racist, I have a black friend.” Social justice people often take issue with statements like these (sometimes in a snarky way) and bring them up, using them as illustrations to try to show the blindness of someone who thinks that having a black friend demonstrates he is not racist. Once again, this produces a silencing effect on perhaps a person genuinely trying to demonstrate that he holds no ill will toward black people. On the other hand, there are people also within social justice camp who confess things like, “their world has been too white.” The idea is that they need more black friends. However, we cannot have it both ways, is our lack of friendship with others of a different skin color an indicator that a person is not racist or not? My answer is that while our friends may not prove or disprove racism, often our background and associations can help give clarity on where a person is coming from in his sentiments. To be continued…
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