If you want to stop racism, start treating people as individuals

On Sunday, I had a lengthy conversation with a friend at our chapel. He is also a police officer, a husband, and a father of 4. He’s been on the front lines during the protests which, fortunately, was pretty quiet and calm here in Charlotte, compared to other states.

One thing we both agreed on right away was that we, as a society, have lost the ability to have a conversation with anyone that doesn’t share our exact opinion or values. Public schools and universities have criminally ingrained the notion into your children that they’re entitled to Safe Spaces to insulate them from hearing opposing viewpoints. (We homeschool our children, so miss me with that statist garbage.)

Everyone, including the most ardent supporters of policeman, agrees that what happened to George Floyd was horrific and wrong. What’s amazing is that social media and protestors can’t see that this is the case.

I have not heard or read ONE person defending Derek Chauvin. Not cops. Not politicians. Even the most Right Wing bobble heads like Rush Limbaugh condemned Chauvin.

My friend told me that one of the protesters approached him, eyes full of tears, while he was holding a line with other officers. The guy asked him if he even thought what Chauvin did was wrong. Despite the instructions they had received not to speak with the protesters to prevent any baiting into escalation, my friend simply replied “Of course I do. Of course it’s a terrible thing what that officer did.”

The relief on that person’s face was indescribable. There was still hope.

In the aftermath of Floyd’s death, there’s been a lot of turmoil and arguing, lines being drawn and allegiances questioned. There’s pressure to stand with ___ or support __. It’s no longer socially acceptable to remain silent anymore. Somehow, the narrative has shifted to blame those not actually perpetrating hate but those who choose not to actively Virtue Signal their disapproval to an indifferent world.

So, here’s the problem with that. I know there are people out there that insist it’s impossible for Whites to be on the receiving end of racism. They will tell you that those in power can’t possibly know what it’s like to be discriminated against based on their race.

But look at what you’re advocating.

In order to fight racially based discrimination, we need to blame an entire race of people, for some crimes that go back generations?

An entire race is privileged?

An entire race are victims?

The idea that you need to segregate in order to fight segregation never made a lick of sense to me. In order to fight evil, you have to become evil. In order to embrace equality, you need to treat people disparately.

Asians, in particular, are often caught in the middle of a confusing hybrid mess. We’re not Black. But we’re not White. We are “the smart” minority so we’re actually discriminated against and held to HIGHER standards than some Whites. At least, that’s the case when it comes to college admissions.

Unless you’re of Chinese decent. Then, you’re a spy and a communist.

Think, for a moment, about the message you’re sending to your children. On the one hand, we’re trying to impress on them the importance of equality for all. But in order to dismantle privilege, your solution is to use coercion against them simply because of the color of their skin.

The fact is that the only way to stop racism is to embrace people as individuals and not allow your prejudices to put them into race-based boxes. That includes Blacks, Whites, Asians, Latinos, and those of mixed race heritage.

Just like cops, there are good cops. There are bad cops. There are saints and criminals that come in all shapes and colors.

Stop creating more racial tensions and divisions by proposing racial “solutions”.

One response to “If you want to stop racism, start treating people as individuals

  1. Laura Jinkins

    EXCELLENT commentary. Thank you for taking the time to put what so many of us feel into words. And please tell your friend from the chapel that your friends in Texas thank him for being one of the “good guys.” ❤

    Liked by 1 person

Share your thoughts!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s