A Comment on Racism in America


The great problem of certain emotionally charged ideologies (i.e. the racism in America) is built on a presupposition that it does not like to be challenged or even questioned, and presumes that racism in America is systemic and institutional in the sense that the whole society (or at least in America) is built upon and organized around principles and practices that discriminate against certain segment of population base on the person’s skin color (namely the black people). Thus to question or challenge that assumption is to be culturally blind at best and at worst, to be a racist.

Moreover, it further alleges that if you are not of the same “oppressed” class, you cannot possibly identify with the struggles one encounters for being of the same “oppressed” race. This kind of presupposition also asserts that systemic racism exists in the mind through “unconscious bias” thus certain race with a different skin color, namely the white people, enjoy a special privilege (“white privilege”) unbeknownst to themselves, which allows them to unfairly and systemically benefit as an “unconsciously” favored race over the other more dispossessed or marginalized. The overt racism such as the white cop killing a black man, being portrayed in the media, merely reinforces more firmly these kinds of racist ideologies to those who already holds them as true.

The Bible clearly reveals that God created this world and everything in it to be good and upright. It also reveals that sin has come and corrupted everything. Because of sin, nothing is the way that it is supposed to be or the way that God created it to be.

Sin separates us from God, turns us against one another and turns us in on ourselves. As a result, all of our relationships are corrupted and in need of restoration. This means that everything that sinful human beings touch becomes corrupted—including all human institutions and systems. As a result, people are often treated unjustly in this world.

That injustice is always the result of sin. It is not, however, always the result of racism. If the presuppositions of any racial narrative is uncritically accepted, then every injustice against a black person can be attributed to systemic racism. This will inevitably lead to wrong solutions being applied to real problems because some acts of injustice may have nothing to do with race at all. Furthermore, it will tend to create a cultural context where real racism gets downplayed or overlooked because unjustified accusations of racism are hurled about indiscriminately.