Diverse, in America

The old, old sin of racism lives on in the human heart, because sin has always reigned in the human heart apart from the salvation of Christ. Racism is not something that white people commit against minorities. Racism is a human phenomenon, because of our sinful nature, that everyone can do to anyone. Unfortunately, we have lost sight of that fact in various ways, and many attempts to solve the problem of racism are wide of the mark. Sadly, many affirmative action and related policies end up fostering what’s called “reverse racism” or even encouraging racism harbored against the minorities the policies attempt to help. These policies put people in positions because of their race, not because of their abilities. This has the tendency to cause people who are not a certain race to lose out, because of their race. And not just white people face this problem, Asians, Jews, and other minorities are often not favored as much as other minorities. With these policies, people are not treated as individuals. You are not a human, you are a member of a racial group.

These policies even hurt those they are supposed to help. As African American author Thomas Sowell argues in his book, Inside American Education, these policies help affirm racial prejudices. Since these minority students aren’t necessarily prepared for the work ahead of them others begin to assume that that these minority groups must not be up to par, universally. Certainly, it is important to give a helping hand to those who are disadvantaged, and struggle to make right what has been done wrong in the past. But, as an overarching rule, these policies are destructive and counter productive.

Racism is a sin that can be committed by anyone, against anyone, and it still exists in America in ‘diverse’ ways. Just the other day, a caucasian family was attacked by a group of african american boys, who proclaimed: ‘This is our world” and ”This is a black world” as they beat a man, who later had to spend 5 days in ICU. In the name of true, color blind, justice and fairness, these young men should be charged with a hate crime just like a white person is charged for doing the same thing against someone of another race. Or, there was the case of the firefighters who did not get a promotion they qualified for because they weren’t a minority. The Supreme Court sided with the firefighters in their lawsuit.

Sadly, the plea to celebrate diversity helps harbor group mentalities, and affirms the tendency to find our identity in our group, and our differences. As Congressman Ron Paul has said,

“Racism is simply an ugly form of collectivism, the mindset that views humans only as members of groups and never as individuals. Racists believe that all individual who share superficial physical characteristics are alike; as collectivists, racists think only in terms of groups. By encouraging Americans to adopt a group mentality, the advocates of so-called “diversity” actually perpetuate racism.”

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~ by thelastinkling on July 10, 2009.

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