NEWS ALERT: BLACK PEOPLE CAN BE RACIST
As a black man growing up around black people, I’ve heard it a thousand times: “Black people can’t be racist”. In my black militant days, I believed the same false narrative. Here’s the reasoning: Racism is a system in which one race designates itself as superior to another. For racism to be operational one race must have power and privilege, to exercise over another race. There has never been a time in American history when a race, other than the white Anglo-Saxon, had power and privilege over another. This is especially true when the focus is narrowed specifically to Africa-Americans.
There are multiple false narratives within the black community that have gone unchallenged and accordingly have been ensconced as cultural truths. Yet as Christians we called to remain vigilant toward the truth, in whatever form it comes. It is the way of Christ and the path to healing in America. It has been said that lie told often enough becomes the truth. Saying that blacks cannot be racist is one such lie.
Racism originates in the heart of a person, not an entire race. Therefore, no race communally designates itself as superior. This means any person with an unguarded heart is a candidate for the contaminated seed of racism. It is true that some of those people who carry racism in their hearts do gain power, and in turn, discriminate against others. But to relegate the action of race discrimination to whites only lends to racist thought within itself.
I have worked with several successful African-American business owners who openly admit they prefer hiring blacks. Several of these business men and women in Atlanta have told me they would not hire a white person. Most likely there are some white businesses that utilize the same hiring practices.
It is not my goal to minimize the horrific trials that black people in America have endured. At least 2 million died traveling the dreaded middle passage during the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. More deaths followed after disembarking in North America. But similarly, in 1994, members of the Hutu ethnic majority in the east-central African nation of Rwanda murdered as many as 800,000 people, mostly of the Tutsi minority, in 100 days. This was racist genocide at its worst, with both perpetrators and victims being black ethnic groups. The kernel of racism is undiscriminating, and to indict one group of people regarding it is biased.
We are the followers of Christ. We are commissioned to lead the way toward reconciliation, and a key component of that process is standing on truth. Nothing can be placed before truth. The seduction and nostalgia of culture, family, race, and the love of those things, must all take a back seat to the truth. The world will continue to hold protest, invoke violence, name call, and blame all in the name of getting America back on track. However, true change will only come through the transforming power of the gospel, which is exemplified in the sons and daughters of God.
Tim Lollis is Executive Director of Destiny Institute, community relations specialist, and freelance writer. See more articles at www.thecalled.net