Interpreting the Election Results

Once again, I have proven myself a terrible political pundit. I saw an outside chance at a Trump victory, but it looks like we have ended up with a Trump (and Republican) landslide. I have conflicted thoughts on this day after. I see reasons for both encouragement and caution. Continue reading

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How Should White People Think about Racism?

It is difficult for white people like myself to have conversations about racism, for a number of reasons. Here are a few I can think of:

  1. Because we think of racism primarily in terms of conscious, intentional patterns of thinking and deliberate actions and typically do not consider the possibility that it might far often manifest itself in unconscious assumptions. For this reason, we believe it’s a problem that some extremists may need to deal with, but certainly not us.
  2. Because we live a culture that is hypersensitive on racial issues, which has led to allegations of racism around every corner by professional race-baiters, and we do not want to give any legitimacy to that industry.
  3. Because our culture’s hypersensitivity leads us to think that we have to walk on eggshells when it comes to this topic for fear of saying the wrong thing. It is easier simply to avoid it altogether.
  4. Because the concept of systemic injustice is often vague and abstract to us, given that we live in a majority white culture and lack the experience that makes it a concrete reality.
  5. Because we are sinners who recoil from being confronted with our own sin.

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