With the upcoming Sesquicentennial (150 years) of the Civil War, a lot of discussion is occurring around racism in America, as well as the role of religion and politics in the making and unmaking of slavery and racism in America.
Here’s two really good resources, both podcasts.
First, in Evangelical Fervor and the Crisis of the Civil War: A Conversation with Historian David Goldfield, Albert Mohler interviews historian and award winning author David Goldfield on his new book America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation.
In a stunning press release, Intelligent Design group The Group for Order and Design In Science (GODIS) has proposed that the structure of the HIV virus could not have arisen by natural processes, and was therefore engineered.
"Our calculations are quite revealing," stated Rex Numero, chief statistician at GODIS. "We were inspired by Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s accusation that perhaps HIV was created by the US Government, and we immediately set about calculating the likelihood that HIV could have arisen from natural causes. As it turns out, the HIV virus is irreducibly complex in many areas. Therefore, it MUST have been engineered."
The whole immigration thing is all over the news. This got me to think about all of the groups fighting for what they consider "civil rights" – all compare their causes to that of black Americans, who are of course, sometimes insulted by the comparison. Nevertheless, the three civil rights areas today I want to discuss are the homosexual, pro-life, and immigrant movements. How are they similar to the black American civil rights movements, what rights are they looking for, and how do they differ? I’m not an expert on any of these, so wanted to open it up for discussion.
In The boy who cried 'racism!', I broached the subject that I think that those who are complaining that the modern anti-Obama rallies and other conservative actions in the news are racist in nature are making bogus claims. But if not racism, what ARE the motives of these modern conservative protesters? Here's my quick list of what I think are the genuine motives involved.
I have a confession to make – I like NPR. Even worse, I like Juan Williams, probably one of the best known black independent commentators out there – not only is he a regular contributor to NPR, but he's a regular on the O'Reilly Factor. He often brings balance and sanity to polarized discussions, and has even written a book criticizing African Americans for their victim mentality.
But yesterday on O'Reilly, and this morning on NPR, he broached the idea that underlying the Tea Parties, the 75,000 people who marched on Washington this past weekend, and the outburst of S.C. Senator Wilson is racism - that's right, what is really driving these people is hatred for a black man in the Presidency. Wanna hear this tripe? Audio and transcript here.
But I've got news for you – making erroneous claims about your ideological opponents' motives only emboldens them. But go ahead, here's some more rope to hang yourself with – oops, was that a racist remark? Or just black humor. Oops, was *that* a racist remark? Whoa, was that a demon behind that Bush…hey, was THAT a racist remark?
America has had a difficult history when it comes to racial issues and often the government has done more harm than good according to an excellent new book by Judge Andrew Napolitano entitled Dred Scott’s Revenge. Click here to read my review of the book.
|Dred Scott’s Revenge: A Legal History of Race and Freedom in America
By Andrew Napolitano / Thomas Nelson
Cost of air time given by the MSM to discuss your disagreement with Obama on blacks needing to take responsibility for siring children –
Not realizing the microphone is on when whispering
"I’d like to cut his n*ts off"
The view from outside of the black liberation theology camp is that people are cheering Obama’s pastor, Rev. Jermiah Wright, because:
- It is easier to respond to racism and hate with one’s own brand of racism – rather than really following the high road shown by MLK Jr., it is much easier to give in to the impatient and selfish hate-for-hate rhetoric of those like Farrakhan and race-baiters like Wright.
- Many in the black community seem to like to choose such anti-heroes like Wright, because real heroes like Bill Cosby, Juan Williams, and Clarence Thomas ask people to forsake the victim mentality and blame shifting, and take responsibility for their lives.
- Wright is being championed for the same reason that some in the black community embraced O.J. Simpson - because he took on ‘the man,’ i.e.’whitey’, and got away with it. People who embrace a victim mentality choose heroes who will reinforce their perspective, and who will rejoice in rebellion against authority rather than in what is truly right.
Joe Carter at the EO has a really great, detailed post on Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s real problem – and by extension, Obama’s problem – the fact that Black Liberation theology has it’s roots in hateful racism and biblical heresy. And although Obama is not racist, it is too late to save his candidacy – he should have had the judgment to get out years ago, and the fact that he did not is troubling. His speech today, though pretty good, was still tepid, and too little too late. So long Obama, we barely knew ye. Select quotes from Joe’s post below.
I have not really wanted to post on the debacle of Baraq Obama’s pastor of 20 years, Jeremiah Wright, whose anti-white, anti-America, and conspiratorial preaching has at least embarrassed the Obama campaign, if not driven it’s recent 5 percentage point loss in the last week.
But Bill O’Reilly has been running shows for three days on the subject, and not to run Obama into the ground, but because the reaction of black Americans is surprisingly supportive of Wright’s rhetoric, and because this reflects on Obama’s lack of judgment, the key attribute that he is running his campaign on. So here’s what I’ve learned.
I have very mixed feelings on racism. Whenever the subject comes up, I feel disturbed by all of the undercurrents in our culture that reward victimhood, apologize for reverse racism or hatred, and waste our time talking about issues which are 90% solved. Do you have various emotions that come up when racism is mentioned? Then read on.
Even as our nation is as close as ever to electing our first non-white male president, racism is still a reality and a sin that must be erased by our culture and by our churches. This fact of life has been brought up in two recent incidents in the Upstate of South Carolina.
In Did Moses Marry a Black Woman? John Piper has a nice short discussion of Moses’ wife, and how Christians ought to view interracial marriage – which is, favorably, as long as they are in the faith – otherwise, we are disobeying the command and wisdom of being "equally yoked" (2 Corinthians 6:14).
In Come On People: On the Path from Victims to Victors, Bill Cosby and Alvin F. Poussaint challenge black Americans, as well as all Americans, to take responsibility for their own destiny rather than playing the victim. Those of us outside of the black community see this self-defeating pattern well, but the black community has been slow to own the truth. Thank God for men like Cosby, Juan Williams, Star Parker. and John Ridley, to mention just a few who share this courage.
Rev. Al Sharpton and his National Action Network know how to take a simple situation and explode it into some race-based “tragedy” while exploit it and the community they claims to represent in order to garner more attention (and money) for themselves. Their latest stunt finds him involved with a protest rally in support of a formerly-suspended, now-benched high school quarterback.
Darwinists hate the common association of their pet theory with eugenics, not to mention it’s role in giving scientific validation to Nazi eugenics. But the historical connections are unavoidable. (BTW, the same goes for the eugenic roots of the murderous Planned Parenthood).
Take, for example, the textbook that gave rise to the infamous Scopes trial, A Civic Biology: Presented in Problems (1914). This textbook that led to allowing the teaching of evolution as science was also blatantly racist.
On my recent vacation, I saw Will Smith’s The Pursuit of Happyness, and was more than pleasantly surprised. Usually, I stay away from schmaltzy inspirational films (especially sports-themed movies – you’ve seen one Titans or Coach Carter you’ve seen them all). But this one was special. At the end, both my wife and I had tears streaming down our faces.
But most notable is what this film did NOT say about race. In fact, its total silence on the race issue said volumes.