There are plenty of Americans who hate racism. I would say a remarkably high percentage in fact deplore the idea that a person's worth, value, substance, or significance is in any way linked to the amount of melanin they possess in their skin.
For some people, their opposition to racism is bred in their fundamental presuppositions about life itself. A biblically minded person, for instance, embraces the Acts 17 principle of one blood, one race. This doesn't inoculate them from temptations of prejudice or even an insensitive lack of awareness to the long shadow of consequences stemming from past racism. It simply means that they are ideologically and spiritually liberated from its premise.
For others, their opposition is learned culturally even if that means abiding a painful incongruence with their adopted worldview. Those who accept the tenets of Darwinism, for example, despite holding to a theory that teaches the superiority of some breeds and races of animals (including humans) over others, have learned to overcome that false teaching to view all races through a borrowed lens of equality.
But lest anyone believe that Americans have finally arrived at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s mountaintop, and fulfilled his dream of an era of racial brotherhood, there are plenty of obscure and high-profile voices making quick work of that misconception.
What's both bizarre and unhelpful for the nation's ongoing quest to make ours a "more perfect union," is the unequal treatment of those two groups of racists.
Richard Spencer, the alt-right white supremacist is about as obscure and un-influential as a person can be. In fact, if it weren't for the mainstream media propping him up simply to tear him down, next to no one in the country would ever hear his deranged rants or be exposed to his intellectual bile. Had Charles Barkley not invited him to sit down for a TNT episode of "American Race," not a single person outside his tiny circle of skinhead friends would have heard him yearn for a "white society, a European empire."
The same cannot be said for American actor, comedian, director, writer, producer, and rapper Nick Cannon. From dating Mariah Carey to hosting the incredibly popular "America's Got Talent," Cannon is a recognizable face and influential voice from the world of entertainment. He has money, prestige, power, and platform. And he's a racist.
If that seems a jarring conclusion to draw, simply apply the objective standard society uses when labeling Spencer. While Spencer refuses to say that black people are evil, instead masking his racist ideology by pretending to simply accept the premise that "racial differences cannot fundamentally be breached," Cannon feels no need to skirt his hatred.
On a recent episode of his own podcast, he made it clear:
"That's the melanin that connects us, so the people that don't have it are — and I'm going to say this carefully — are a little less." Cannon said.
"When they were sent to the Mountains of Caucasus, they didn't have the power of the sun. The sun started to deteriorate them. So, they're acting out of fear, they're acting out of low self-esteem, they're acting out of deficiency, so therefore the only way they can act is evil.
They have to rob, steal, rape, kill, and fight in order to survive. So these people who didn't have what we have, and when I say ‘we,' I speak of the melanated people, they had to be savages, they had to be barbaric because they're in these Nordic mountains, they're in these rough torrential environments, so they're acting as animals, so they're the ones closer to animals, they're the ones that are actually the true savages."
Again, just apply the Spencer standard. If Richard Spencer told Charles Barkley that black people were "true savages," "closer to animals," "acting out of deficiency," and are "a little less," would it be appropriately labeled racism? Of course.
Given that racism is a warped ideology, a distortion of humanity, and perversion of identity, it is an objective category not exclusive to any singular ethnicity. Asian people can be racist. Hispanic people can be racist, as can Caucasians, Africans, and everyone in between.
Any society wanting to make real progress against such evil will have just as little space for Cannon's hatred as it does Spencer's. Otherwise, what that society demonstrates is not a hatred for racism at all, but a willingness to tolerate it, so long as the racism is directed appropriately.
Sey is right. We should pray that Nick Cannon repent of his racism, encounter grace, and find healing. And we should pray for our society to have the moral character to demand nothing less.