Opinion: The 2 best responses to racism I've seen in a long time

by Peter Heck · Jun 8th, 2020 3:40 pm

Last Updated Jun 28th, 2020 at 5:43 am

There is a pernicious lie existing primarily on the left side of the political spectrum that is finding renewed interest in recent days. It teaches that only white people can be racist – an absurd proposition on its face to anyone capable of thinking.

Racism, the act of hating someone because of their race, is not a flaw limited only to those with lesser amounts of melanin in their skin. That assumption not only falsely collectivizes the sin of racism, it dangerously conveys to other fallen human beings, just as capable of committing the sin, that they cannot possibly be guilty of its commission.

So why does it persist? The confusion, it seems, stems from a fundamental misunderstanding of the nature and essence of racism.

Ariel Gonzalez Bovat explained it this way:

Precisely. Even if it were true that white people had distinct, intrinsic, cultural power advantages in America, that would not prevent or exempt black people, Asian people, Hispanic people, or anyone else from committing the sin of racism. Just as white people can be racist in their attitudes and mindset towards black people, black people can be racist in their attitude and mindset towards white people.

But what has become sickeningly clear to me over the course of the last several years of observation is that the most obvious victims of real racism are black conservatives. White liberals, black liberals, and every color and shade of liberal in between, routinely hurl the most offensive, distasteful, and disgusting racial epithets at black conservatives or Christians, and do it with media and cultural impunity.

Despite the hate, I am constantly moved by the grace and dignity with which so many of these black victims of racist hate conduct themselves. Allow me to highlight for you two of the most recent, sterling, marvelous examples.

Start with the high-profile Pro Football Hall of Fame, Super Bowl winning coach, Tony Dungy. Following the nationwide Black Lives Matter and Antifa protests and riots, Dungy used his platform to humbly yet urgently plead with Americans to turn to the truth of Scripture, embodied in the person of Jesus Christ, to find peace and reconciliation.

Demonstrating the depths of evil as well as the absence of reason present in racist thought, a commenter inexplicably attacked Dungy's worship of the Middle Eastern Jewish rabbi Jesus of Nazareth as a ploy to please the white man.

A Twitter user who hides behind the screen name "El Maestro" tweeted of Dungy, "Some people wanna be accepted by white people soooo bad!" After Dungy responded to say that what he speaks is "predominantly biblical," the man responded by calling the well-respected coach a "pawn" for white people.

Dungy's response re-directed the racist hate masterfully:

I'd be inclined to say that's as good as it gets. But not quite.

A Christian, pro-life Canadian blogger named Samuel Sey espoused a biblical view of race relations in response to the recent news cycle and was viciously, if unsurprisingly, attacked by a woman named Tee with the vile, racist slur, "hope massa gives you more land."

His response will go down in the annals of the most hope-filled, properly-calibrated, Christian replies that this vile platform will ever witness:

God, may my attitude always be so humble, my words always so eloquent, and my perspective always so grounded.

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