A mainline Protestant Church has apparently stepped over any rational bounds of what Scripture teaches about the human race (there is only one race, since we all came from Adam) and cultures. The United Church of Christ has apparently taken the line that if you have light pigmentation in your skin, you’re a racist, and yes, they mean every single Caucasian person.
In a disgusting post on New Sacred, which is deemed “an exciting blog from the United Church of Christ,” Marchaé Grair, a woman with dark pigmentation and the editor of New Sacred and social media associate for the United Church of Christ, writes that white privilege is the “phrase bigots hate to hear and progressives love to denounce.”
“If you are white and clicked on this blog to be congratulated for naming your privilege, you can stop reading in a few characters,” she added. “Thank you for naming your privilege.”
She then calls on people like myself to “reject and dismantle white supremacy.”
Frankly, I’m not one for “white supremacy,” and neither are most people who are considered to be white. As Martin Luther King, Jr. used to say, men should be “judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
Apparently, Ms. Grair would be one of those people who opposed such an idea.
She goes on to list 10 ways in which one can “actively reject your white privilege.”
- Take up minimal space during anti-racism dialogues and protests.
- Stop contributing to gentrification and calling it “urban development.”
- Listen when people call you on your microaggressions.
- Never invite POC [people of color] to the table for the sake of claiming diversity.
- Refrain from using your POC friends as your “urban dictionary.”
- Stop lifting up non-confrontational POC as examples for what POC activism should be.
- Call your friends, family and co-workers out on racism—even if a POC isn’t in the room.
- Understand that all anti-racism work doesn’t look the same and advocate accordingly.
- Realize that all discussions about race aren’t for you. And be okay with it.
- Recognize that you’re still racist. No matter what.
Grair does quote King. She writes, “Martin Luther King, Jr. was a great man—but he wrote more than his ‘I Have a Dream‘ speech. Few white folks quote his ‘Letter from a Birmingham Jail‘ to talk about King’s Legacy: ‘I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to ‘order’ than to justice…'”
I tend to agree that there are many people of various colors, including blacks, who are more devoted to order rather than justice, but I don’t hear Mr. Grair calling out those in her own community who continually feed off the backs of others, whether white or black? Do you? Do you hear her call out the Jesse Jacksons and the Al Sharptons? Is she calling out the NAACP? Is she calling out the race baiting of Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro Sobarkah or Michelle Obama? Not one word has been penned that I saw by Mr. Grair to the very people who are not “white,” yet are helping to not only oppress blacks, but also whites. Why the silence Ms. Grair?
She even included multimillion dollar singer Beyonce in her comments.
“Should Beyoncé express her pain by calling someone Becky?” Grair writes. “Some conversations aren’t for white folks. They are intraracial critiques that don’t require an ally’s opinion. An anti-racist ally is like a guest at a family dinner. You’re invited to the table, but you should know what conversations require your abstention.”
Right, some conversations are about white folks, but not for them. Can you say hypocrite? Expressing pain over oppression is one thing, but I ask, how has Beyonce been oppressed Ms. Grair? She advocates the Black Power movement, as demonstrated in her Super Bowl performance, which is just as evil as the white supremacist movement. However, instead of pointing out her hypocrisy, Ms. Grair encourages it and justifies is.
Jesse Lee Peterson, author of “The Antidote: Healing America from the Poison of Hate, Blame, and Victimhood,” responded to Grair’s column and lamented, “It’s wrong for the church to be doing this. I mean, the church, and this church in particular, has become a secular church. It’s not about God. It’s not about love. It’s not about salvation. It’s not about forgiveness and overcoming sin. It’s about hating white people and making them feel guilty.”
Friends, the United Church of Christ’s moto, which is taken from John 17:21, has been so twisted from the context the Lord Jesus prayed those words in the garden before He was crucified that the UCC actually thinks that this kind of ideology should be embraced, when the real point of the prayer, “That they may all be one” was spiritual, not physical. I recommend that Ms. Grair begin to stop justifying an evil ideology such as Black Liberation Theology and critical race theory and embrace the teachings of the Scripture concerning her fellow man.