racism is black and white

"Black & White" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

“Black & White” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

I appreciated Jon Stewart’s talk about the Charleston shooting.

Here is the one quote of his that inspired my cartoon today:

“I hate to use this pun, but this one is black and white. There’s no nuance here.”

I claim that this not only includes race, but also sexuality, gender, religion… you name it. The lines we draw between us are not drawn with erasable pencil but with indelible ink.

When we believe our thoughts that we are separate, we will indeed make it seem so.

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3 Responses

  1. Ducatihero says:

    Yes, any narcissistic sense of being superior in some way and separate resulting in hate.

    A “hate crime” committed toward those in a church, sadly something not without precedent. When society hates Christians or anyone for nothing other than being different, then it’s in trouble.

    Nietzsche is famously quoted as saying “God is dead” and ended up being insane for the last years of his life. When society declares God dead, it takes away any fear of ultimate judgement and feels free to act without any concern for consequences.

  2. Caryn LeMur says:

    Ducati: I agree that fear is often a religious motive.

    I worked as a volunteer for a time in a high security short-term prison. I later took food to the ex-felons on parole that hid in the woods, living in tents.

    Some of them needed the fear of God. A strong anchor kept them secure, safe, and from doing violence to each other.

    That said, I offer that Fear/Love are a continuum. That is, that “The beginning of wisdom is to fear God” is on the left of the continuum. And, “The end goal of the commands were to create love in a pure heart, with unfeigned faith” is on the right of the continuum.

    I have come to believe that less than 1% of humankind need the extreme left of the continuum, in my experience and observation. Remember, I worked with, and became friends with, that particular group… and less than half of that particular group needed, wanted, and were oddly addicted to the extreme left of ‘fear of God’.

    I therefore offer that 99.5% of humanity do NOT need that extreme left of the continuum.

    Unfortunately, some church institutions, and/or church leaders, have over-taught that left end of the continuum.

    As a result, we have some believers that are now addicted to ‘fearing God’. They cannot operate in ‘love’ – they cannot be joyful, peaceful, or full of laughter. They fear being left behind in a ‘rapture event’, or having their ‘salvation from hell’ ripped away from them. They must ‘shoot up’ with fear every day – reading bibles daily, attending church 3 times a week, and hating their own self. And, they ‘shoot up’, just to feel ‘normal’.

    They live now in hell. And we, that were leaders in the church institution, were the drug pushers.

    By the way, in my opinion, ‘shaming’ and ‘guilt manipulation’ are just one step away from the extreme left of the continuum. These were power-plays. I offer that we leaders were still drug pushers, even though we operated one step away from the extreme left.

    Thus, I advocate for taking away the ‘fear of ultimate judgment’ by a God… and emphasizing learning to walk in love with Him, relaxing from the rigors, and becoming friends… rather than risking becoming addicts.

    Perhaps the Nietzsche ‘god of judgment’ should be ‘dead’ for 99.5% of us.

  3. Ducatihero says:

    Hi Caryn,

    I hear your concern about the way fear of God is communicated with “shaming”, “guilt manipulation”, “power-plays” and to “shoot up” with fear resulting in a living hell.

    Yes – of course this is the horrible downside of a wrong understanding of fear of God. I wish Hitler, Paul Pott, Bush, Blair, Idi Amin, Mugabe, those that took part in genocide in Rwanda, every abusive pastor, every kid in USA that has ever walked into a church or school and mowed down innocents were prevented from their atrocities by the fear of God.

    There is a danger of thinking thees are exceptions or the 1% perhaps as you put it but if we are honest, really honest with ourselves the same nature is in us and others that was in those in 1930’s Germany, part good part bad and who knows what we might do in desperate situations if there are not some higher principles that we adhere to.

    I have no problem with the idea that all of us need a fear of God. However yes I do agree it’s not about staying in that fear but entering into the love of God. If we get drunk and then behind the wheel of a car we would fear the consequences of being caught by police and perhaps loss of a driving licence. Lose that, we might lose the ability to get to work, lose that we might lose the ability to provide for ourselves, lose that we might not eat etc. I have no problem with fear of that preventing someone drink driving. I have no problem with having a fear of God preventing negative impact on others. At the same time if all there is, is love in someone and never doing any wrong then there is no need to be afraid.

    So while I hear your right concerns, I don’t see there being a dichotomy between fear of and love of God. “All you need is love” is a great anthem populated by the Beatles but I have known times where were it not for of the consequences folks would not have acted inappropriately. It’s not something we like to talk about. We like to believe we are essentially good but I think even a look at any news item or how humanity has acted throughout history portrays something different. With folks in a living hell over perceptions of God, I have to say, I think it’s been something happen that’s given them a perverted impression of what God is.

    I remember watching a documentary about the sexual revolution once – this was nothing church or faith based. the conclusion was that freedom to do anything was no freedom at all. With the powerful NRA in the states, and the precious “right to bear arms” you guys are up against it I think.

    It seems to me that some legitimate restrictions to freedoms need to be considered if these mass killings are to cease. Stricter gun control was brought into the UK after the Hungerford and Dumblane massacres. Of course that doesn’t stop someton going out and gettign a gun illegally and doing the same thing but there has not been a mass shooting since these easures have been taken. I think that justifies the law having changed.