Thursday, July 09, 2015

CAN PEOPLE BE MADE MORE RACIST?

African Puff Adder (snake responsible for most deaths in Africa)


The last issue of Christianity Today has this quote in it. "Few people think of themselves as racist, while discriminatory behavior persists almost everywhere we're doing it; we just don't realize it." (Page 35, July/August 2015 Issue)

I am not sure how many people would agree with that statement.  I am sure many people would argue folks know they are racists and are aware of their racist acts.  I am not sure how many minorities would agree that they are racists.  It has been said that a minority can not be racist.

That may be true, but what word should we use when one race simply does not like another race even if that race is in the minority and does not like the majority race.  It may be improper to use the word racist, but it is not improper to say that there are folks in all the races in this country that hate folks in the other races.

I was raised in a country where white rule was the law of the land.  I was in Rhodesia when Ian Smith declared UDI from Great Britain.  The only other country besides the USA to do so.  My parents were missionaries there. The year was 1965.  

I was in the US Army from 1967-1969 which certainly was not a white ruled organization no matter what people want to say.  I was in the Army Medical Corps and had bosses over me from every race and gender.

My point is I have seen the minority hate the majority and the majority hate the minority.   I have seen people from different parts of the USA look down on each other.  You really want to be dismissed and have people talk junk about you and not be protected by anyone be a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant male over sixty-five from Appalachia with a psychiatric label.

I asked can people be made more racist?  The answer is yes.  There are more pick-ups going up and down the highway in front of my house in eastern Tennessee with rebel flags flying from their beds now than ever before.  The harsher the criticism of any people the more radical you make them.  The battle over the Confederate Flag in South Carolina has been a rallying cry for every red blooded white racist in this country and particularly for every good ole boy in the south.   

People may think they won a victory, but the truth may be that more and stronger racists may have been born.  That was not what the families of the people killed in Charleston were hoping for.

© Ed Cooper, July 9, 2015, Stoney Creek, Tennessee
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