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White Guilt

Shame Forgiveness Racism

Source: “Prof: I Chose Not To Have Children, Because They’d Be White” Ali Michael, published Surge Wire, June 22, 2015

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-03-23

Scripture: Galatians 3:28 ; Colossians 3:13

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Ali Michael, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s (Penn) Graduate School of Education says,

“There was a time in my 20s when everything I learned about the history of racism made me hate myself, my Whiteness, my ancestors… and my descendants. I remember deciding that I couldn’t have biological children because I didn’t want to propagate my privilege biologically.”

Michael lived with a black family for a time, shaved her head, and only read black authors. During this period she railed against those who dared to be white without shame.

“I disliked my Whiteness, but I disliked the Whiteness of other White people more,” she writes. “I felt like the way to really end racism was to feel guilty for it, and to make other White people feel guilty for it too.”

Michael has softened her position slightly in recent years.  She’s now more at ease with being white, so long as there is adequate guilt.

“At the end of the day, we need White people to see that we are White,” she says. “When we recognize and own our Whiteness, we can account for our own portion, our one 1/billionth of responsibility for what White people have done throughout history. We can work with other White people to begin to challenge bias, ignorance and colorblindness. We can use our privilege to confront the sources of that unfair favoring.”

APPLICATION

Because God loves and values all races of people, self-hatred is as abhorrent to Him as is hatred of others.  This form of self-hatred is just another form of racism. And because God’s forgiveness does not permit us to live in shame or guilt for our own sins, it certainly will not allow us to live in shame or guilt for the sins of our predecessors. 

“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28).

“Make allowance for each other's faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others” (Colossians 3:13).

Washington NAACP Head Not Really Black

Identity Justification (Positional) Racism

Source: “Race of Rachel Dolezal, head of Spokane NAACP, comes under question” By Ben Brumfield and Greg Botelho, posted CNN News, June 12, 2015

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-06-16

Scripture: Philippians 3:8

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Americans are still engaged in the heat of discussion concerning the issue of being transgender (sparked by the sexual identity transition of Bruce Jenner into Caitlyn Jenner) as a new debate is forming—that of being transracial. As CNN and other news outlets are reporting:

(CNN) The race of one of the most prominent faces in Spokane, Washingto's black community is under question after her estranged mother claimed she is white but is "being dishonest and deceptive with her identity."
Rachel Dolezal, 37, is the head of the local chapter of the NAACP [National Association for the Advancement of Colored People] and has identified herself as at least partly African-American. But her Montana birth certificate says she was born to two parents who say they are Caucasian. …

Dolezal is saying little about the allegations, but her birth parents are openly speaking their mind.

"We are her birth parents," Lawrence Dolezal told CNN on Friday. "We do not understand why she feels it's necessary to misrepresent her ethnicity."

Rachel was the Dolezal’s sole biological child, though she grew up with four black siblings who were adopted into the family. She later attended Howard University, a predominantly Black institution. At that point, Rachel was not yet representing herself to be black. Her parents suggested that it was't until around 2007 that she began actually representing herself that way.

Her parents say Rachel "has chosen to distance herself from the family."

"She has not explained to us why she is doing what she is doing and being dishonest ... with her identity," her mother said.

Since 2007, Rachel has represented herself as multi or bi-racial on a number of job applications and resumes.

Reporters from the Spokane Spokesman-Review, who spoke with Rachel directly about why she has chosen to misrepresent her racial identity, said that she wants to talk to local NAACP leadership before answering any questions.

"I feel like I owe my executive committee a conversation," she said. "That question is not as easy as it seems," Dolezal told the Spokesman-Review. "There's a lot of complexities ... and I do't know that everyone would understand that."

Meanwhile, CNN reports that the hashtags #racheldolezal and #transracial were trending at the top of the Twitter feed, with many raising the issue and questioning the validity of whether a person could choose to cross racial lines just as many are now choosing to cross sexual lines.

*It should be noted that the NAACP stands by Dolezal, saying her contribution to civil rights and social justice speaks for itself. Her race, they say, is not of primary importance. They made no comment, however, about her obvious issues of honesty and integrity.

APPLICATION

As fascinated as the media might be with recent stories of identity confusion, whether transgender or transracial, there is an even more compelling story to tell. It's the story of every believer who has found a new identity in Christ. We are the "transrighteous," having left our old fallen identities behind in order to fulfill the one we have been granted in Christ.

"What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ--the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith" (Philippians 3:8-9).

Re-Committing to the Ideals of Freedom

Patriotism Freedom Racism

Source: "What Abraham Lincoln thought about Fourth of July, Declaration of Independence" By Rich Lowry, Published July 03, 2013, FoxNews.com

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-07-05

Scripture: Revelation 2:4 ; Galatians 5:1

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Abe Lincoln had an unparalleled love for the Declaration of Independence, yet he mourned what had become of the celebration of Independence Day. "In a letter in 1855 despairing of ending slavery," reports Rich Lowry of Fox News, "Lincoln wrote to the Kentuckian George Robertson that 'the fourth of July has not quite dwindled away; it is still a great day--for burning fire-crackers!!!'"

He longed for our country to celebrate and recommit to the ideals of the founding fathers--that all men are created equal. Lowry reports:

In his great anti-slavery speech in Peoria in 1854, he said, “I love the sentiments of those old time men.” …

Lincoln wanted to catch the falling flag of our patriotic patrimony. Lincoln urged that we “re-adopt” the Declaration, as he put it at Peoria. The road to salvation ran through 1776, he argued in one passage: “Our republican robe is soiled, and trailed in the dust. Let us re-purify it. Let us turn and wash it white, in the spirit, if not the blood, of the Revolution.”

In the pursuit for freedom, Lincoln feared that our country had lost its first love, neglecting at best, and defying at worst, the principles of liberty for all.

APPLICATION

If the pursuit of political freedom is to be celebrated and commemorated, how much more should be the pursuit of spiritual freedom! Yet as a church, and as individual members of that church, we continually run the risk of losing our first love. Our robe of righteousness is all too easily "soiled and trailed in the dust." We must "re-purify" it. We must "wash it white, in the spirit, if not in the blood," of Lamb God who takes away the sins of the world.

In Christ we are all created equal and free, and our great calling is bringing that message of equality and freedom in Christ to every generation. 

"But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent …" (Revelation 2:4-5, NASB).

"So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed" (John 8:36). "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery" (Galatians 5:1).

Colorblind

Racism Gospel Sin Nature

Contributed By: Bradley Rushing | Date Posted: 2013-04-15

Author: Bradley Rushing
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Stemming The Tide Of Evil

Evil Indifference Racism

Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2012-02-18

Scripture: Genesis 11:1

Author: Philip Yancey
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Comparing Ourselves To Others

Presumption Judging Self-righteousness

Contributed By: Terry Power | Date Posted: 2019-09-15

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 10:12

Author: Chattanooga Times Free Press, Punchlines, p.23, 01
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A Wolf In Shepherd’s Clothing

Deceived/Deception Self-righteousness Shepherding

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-12-04

Scripture: Titus 3:5

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How Dare God!

Arrogance Grace Expectations

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-07-19

Scripture: Ephesians 2:8

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The Difference A Label Can Make

God's Image Human Worth Honor

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-10-01

Scripture: Lamentations 4:2 ; Genesis 1:27

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((( Hate Symbol )))

Hatred Spiritual Warfare Second Coming

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-09-21

Scripture: Matthew 25:33

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