Race Issues | A classroom discussion on race divides rather than heals
by La Shawn Barber
Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, at 4:55 pm
It’s easy to feel “edgy” when most of the politicians, academics, and news and entertainment media share your beliefs. In general, leftists, including the one in the White House, want to weaken gun rights, religious freedom for Christians, and immigration enforcement, to name a few items on their agenda. They call facts racist and attempt to suppress dissent.
In a recent column, I proposed that men push back against presently fashionable anti-male rhetoric, just as Christians must do with the government’s efforts to infringe on their right to live as Christians. As a black woman, I have similar hopes for white people.
There is no doubt that the media and other liberals push anti-white sentiment. One teacher was shameless enough to say that being white is a problem. A high school student in Oklahoma recorded him telling the class that “to be white is to be racist, period.” This kind of talk should upset and frustrate anyone, no matter what race or ethnicity. Christian parents and others who don’t want the government indoctrinating their children that homosexuality is normal or that being white is evil should take their children out. Certainly, no Christian should teach their children these things. From a report from KFOR in Oklahoma City about a Norman, Okla., teacher:
“In the recording you hear the teacher ask, ‘Am I racist? And I say yea. I don’t want to be. It’s not like I choose to be racist, but do I do things because of the way I was raised?’
“‘I felt like he was encouraging people to kind of pick on people for being white,’ the student said.
“‘Why is it okay to demonize one race to children that you are supposed to be teaching a curriculum to,’ her dad asked.”
The student should be offended, even if she didn’t happen to have Hispanics in her family, but we get the point. The lecture supposedly was about how to heal the racial divide. How is calling whites racist because they’re white healing? In a statement, Norman Public Schools Superintendent Joe Siano wrote that racism is an important topic discussed in the schools, and the teacher shared what he’d heard from a lecture he attended. “We regret that the discussion was poorly handled,” Siano wrote. “When the district was notified of this concern it was immediately addressed. We are committed to ensuring inclusiveness in our schools.”
The discussion about demonizing an entire race was “poorly handled.” Understated a bit. Does discussing racism include the racism of other races besides white people? Is our government teaching white children to hate themselves and their ancestors? Parents of any race or ethnicity should not put up with the anti-male, anti-Christian, and anti-white indoctrination of their children.
God created us for His glory, and the diversity of characteristics among His creatures is a part of that glory. The human part of His creation is made in His image. Racial and ethnic strife are the consequences of sin, and we’re fallen. But a gracious and merciful God loves us all regardless of race, sex, or nationality.
La Shawn Barber
La Shawn writes about culture, faith, and politics. Her work has appeared in the Christian Research Journal, Christianity Today, the Washington Examiner, and other publications