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2020 September

Hard to write this one…

Watched the LION of the DESERT again and I’ve been feeling empathy? at least compassion to people for the past 20 years as a long drawn out coming to grips with oppression.

When the white fragility thing came to light it’s deeply concerning because—John help us find what the bible says—taking it farther than white…

It’s a part of a naturally nurtured system far beyond race—which making it about race—to genetics then…?

There is oppression in many forms, it’s hardly race-based at the core, it’s much more values founded which is emergent from motives which are genetic.

But like the Planck quote reminds us, once assumptions and beliefs form a mindset in a surround of values and principles then strategic direction is “confined” to that bounded rationale.

There is no question that people are oppressed and much of this stems from naturally-nurtured cause and effect so choosing to focus on race is a very bad choice.

On the other hand, pretending there isn’t oppression is an equally bad choice as well.

This presents an amazingly wicked problem whose symptoms are now emerging around the world to start a paradigm shift, if we are both fortunate and unfortunate:(

Who will be the most vulnerable in a paradigm shift of such a magnitude?

Of course the answer goes without saying and those are the oppressed themselves!

For things to be really different a white privileged focus is hardly a place to begin even if it has partial truth and we know it does.

However I suggest to you that the transition from where we are now to where this makes more sense doesn’t follow any of the current paths available, or plausible.

This makes the problem fold into itself making each recursion more costly to…the most vulnerable:(

mike

4 replies on “Hard to write this one…”

“For things to be really different a white privileged focus is hardly a place to begin even if it has partial truth and we know it does.”

Dangerous for virtue vs. evil being a function of immutable characteristics such as skin color. If there were also absolution, forgiveness, and mercy in this new religion, it could be a different story. But that seems not.

Matthew 5:7
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

Just finished reading James Michener’s The Covenant, about South Africa. Storyline starts at the beginning of humanity through apartheid in the early 1980’s. A painfully stark picture of how things go when skin color dictates how a person is impacted by a country’s political apparatus. It was horrifying to read about, but that’s me reading through my current morality. Definitely got the sense that Apartheid is a DQ-Blue system.

Alicia Parr

“For things to be really different a white privileged focus is hardly a place to begin even if it has partial truth and we know it does.”

As a white guy, I have the privilege of walking through a store without the store detective following me. Of driving without being pulled over for no good reason. I understand Black people don’t have that privilege, but I see nothing evil, nothing antisocial in my having those freedoms. My White privilege is not a problem. It’s like the privilege I have to vote as a citizen. I feel no guilt about it. I am not about to go to the manager every time I enter a store to announce that I just might shoplift so that I can be tracked by the store detective. The problem is Black disfranchisement, disqualification, exclusion. When a Black citizen is prevented from voting or a Black driver is pulled over for no reason.

Labels matter because they focus attention.

I cringe whenever an article refers to someone as being “Pro-Life” when there is no evidence that the person referred to would support funding to give infants proper medical care, food and shelter or would oppose the death penalty. Somehow being anti-abortion makes someone ”pro-life”, which then frames me as “pro-death” or “anti-life”.

It looks like there are hundreds (thousands) more Black deaths from coronavirus than White deaths. And Black infant mortality is twice White infant mortality. (https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/25/health/age-women-birth-rising-wellness/index.html) – resulting in about 3,000 more Black infants dying than we’d expect. Something like 2,600 Black people are killed each year by Black people. There are a lot of causes to address if one believes that we have been treating Black lives as though they don’t matter. But BLM focuses on how cops kill something like 250 Black men every year, twice what we’d expect if the deaths were evenly distributed across the races. (And there is serious dispute as to whether racism is behind those out-of-proportion deaths – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mT2rlJe9cuU.)

“For things to be really different a white privileged focus is hardly a place to begin even if it has partial truth and we know it does.”

Herb

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