Posts with the tag “racism”
Thoughts on Racism (8)
by Maggie Breckenridge on February 18th, 2022
Listening to Others The much sought after honest national conversation on race will only be possible if it is a two-way conversation, with neither side making up the rules. Nevertheless, those who urge that majority culture be quiet so that minority voices alone may be heard have a point. Many of us need to hold our tongues and listen. However, the need to listen also raises an obvious question, w...
Thoughts on Racism (7)
by Maggie Breckenridge on December 3rd, 2021
New Tribalism The Apostle Paul presents us with the Christian ideal: “we regard no one according to the flesh” (2 Cor 5:16) “Flesh” here indicates all manner of worldly criteria: class, ethnicity, wealth, race, education, or physical appearance. Having once misjudged Jesus Christ according to fleshly criteria (wrong family, wrong schools, wrong hometown, wrong profession, wrong agenda), we are det...
Thoughts on Racism (6)
by Maggie Breckenridge on November 4th, 2021
Escalating Racial Tensions Today As recently as the aftermath of the 2008 national election America widely was proclaimed to be a “post-racial” society. President Obama had been elected. This remarkable milestone was greeted all across the political spectrum as a sign that our national racial past could be put behind us. A new era of racial harmony and equality had arrived. Instead, by 2020 we wer...
Thoughts on Racism (5)
by Maggie Breckenridge on October 1st, 2021
Barriers to Social ProgressSome undoubtedly will object to what we have presented so far, maintaining that we fail to understand its continuing structural, or systemic nature. Racism may not be personal. Rather it continues in a more subtle, institutional and therefore more insidious form, it is claimed. While we want to avoid being superficial, we want to ask the obvious question. Where? What str...
Thoughts on Racism (4)
by Maggie Breckenridge on September 3rd, 2021
WHAT IT IS AND ITS LEGACY The threshold of tolerance for racism since the mid-20th century is very low and should be. The Soviet Union under Stalin executed or sent to the Gulags whole classes of persons based on group identity. Aristocrats, merchants, Ukrainians, Cossacks, Kulaks (prosperous peasants) were murdered or imprisoned by the millions. Germany under Hitler did the same: Slavs, gypsies, ...
Thoughts on Racism (3)
by Josh Espinosa on August 3rd, 2021
What it Isn’t (continued) We have been tip-toeing through the minefield of today’s racial tensions attempting to identify more precisely what is and what is not properly called racist. So far we have argued:Preference for the familiar is not necessarily racist;Recognition of racial, ethnic, gender, and cultural differences is not necessarily racist;Privileging of one’s own is not necessarily racis...
Thoughts on Racism (2)
by Josh Espinosa on July 16th, 2021
We are addressing the emotionally charged issue of racism in our Messenger, risking as we do inflaming the very emotions that we wish to cool. We have urged so far first, that a preference for what is familiar is not necessarily racism; and second, that recognition of racial, ethnic, gender, and cultural differences is not necessarily racist, sexist, or bigotry. This leads to our next point. Third...
Thoughts on Racism (1)
by Josh Espinosa on June 16th, 2021
Racism is a prominent theme in today’s societal conversation. Racism is a hate-sin and a hate-crime. Its eradication is an important social goal of which Christians are supporters. It is incompatible with Christian discipleship. Yet the term “racist” is being cast about recklessly. Typically, it is left undefined. Not just individuals, but whole classes of persons are being labeled as racist while...