Officially, almost everyone in the West agrees that racism is bad but everyone has a different definition of what it is. To whites, racism is the acknowledgement of race. To blacks, racism is anything whites do or think. To Mexicans, racism is fine (Por la Raza, Todo). Asians tend to mimic white Democrats: talk like MLK but live like the KKK.
Generally, the ability to stamp out racism runs into several roadblocks. First, ethnicities look and act different. These differences tend to come from cognitive ability and culture. Cognition and culture often change slowly so there are big differences in socio-economic outcomes between races. Cultural Marxists seize upon these differences in outcomes to further punish the noticing of race (white racism) on one hand while supporting black, white liberal, Mexican, and Asian racism to attempt to close the gap (except that Asians are elite socio-economically, go figure that one out). To cultural Marxists, racism is bad in only in that it results in inequality of outcome (except for Asians who are still a Minority).
The second problem comes on Sunday morning. Birds of a feather flock together. Ministers constantly remind whites that this is bad, so white ministers are constantly hand-wringing about ways of getting more people of color into congregations. The problem is that they only apply these rules to whites and never Chinese, Koreans, Blacks, and Hispanics. I’ve never heard a white minister say there should be no Korean church, Hispanic church or Chinese church. They definitely never argue against a black church. I typically hear linguistic reasons why churches of all races should not be merged in the US: Chinese, Koreans, and Hispanics speak a different language. This is true only for the first generation. I never hear white ministers talk about the monstrous evil of these other races going to their ethnic churches to the second, third and fourth generation. Whites and blacks on this continent have spoken the same language for 400 years. If racism is bad, it has to be bad on Sunday morning for all races. I have never seen an ecumenical council to merge the various ethnic churches in the United States and I never will.
In Christ, there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free. At this time, in the American church, this appears to be true mostly invisibly, though persecution might get us all working together like the first century church. Even then, the book of Acts suggests that different congregations were dominated by different ethnicities (Jews in the Jerusalem church). The Council of Jerusalem in Acts 15 was convened to resolve errors in faith and practice that came from Jewish conservatives binding the consciences of Gentile congregations. It was not a meeting on how to mix all the congregations ethnically. How would that even work? “Hey Demetrious – you and your family need to get in a trireme and sail from Cyprus to Jerusalem post-haste because we have too many Jews in the Jerusalem church!” See how absurd that sounds when you say it aloud?
The final problem is that God confused our language to separate us into different ethnicities as a way of restraining evil in Genesis 11 after the Flood. The era leading up to Babel was a lot like our current globalist era: man made much use of technology to build a ziggurat that allowed him to try to set himself over and against God and the constraints He has put on man to restrain man’s evil. Technology is a good thing if used for good ends such as saving labor. It’s a terrible thing when used for murder as in the case of abortion or to proclaim the irrelevance of God as in the case of modern communication technologies that allow the wicked to broadcast (Twitter comes to mind). White ministers, hearing this, remind us that Babel was a curse and their reposte is “What about God punishing Miriam for opposing Moses’ marriage to an Ethiopian woman?” What about it? Moses didn’t marry a Canaanite woman. Had he done so, God would’ve punished him because the Israelites were being sent into Canaan to leave no Canaanites alive. Ethiopians were a completely different story. The are natural trade roots between Ethiopia and Egypt. The biggest one is called “The Nile.” The cultural differences between Jews coming out of Egypt and Ethiopians were probably small in the ways that mattered. Finally, wasn’t this woman likely a proselyte?
If you think I’m making an argument for kinism, I’m not. I am, however, undermining the typical arguments used to shame white people in post-American America. I’m also suggesting that much of the condemnation you hear of racism directed almost exclusively at whites is culturally-Marxist in origin and also a cultural artifact of our globalist age. Saints of the past (Dabney, Machen, the Puritans, our grandparents), are not in Hell because their views offended our modern sensibilities. Our solution to the problems posed by having different ethnicities in one nation (under God) was pluralism: a common culture and set of rights and standards we all agreed one while maintaining the cultural differences of ethnicities. Multiculturalism, in this Marxist era, has been set against our old solution. The outcome has been a disaster and has not led to more cultural unity. The other solution has been to have borders so that the influx of new peoples aligns with our ability to assimilate them. This also has been broken since the 1960s and is now too late to fix.
I guess I’m fatalistic about the outcome. It’s not going to be pretty. Ministers will continue to double-down on their fussing about racism as I’ve defined it above. When the cultural winds change as we exit this era of globalism, they’ll likely start acknowledging the realities I’ve discussed above and change their tunes. So much of the hand-wringing we read in the news and on Twitter is nothing more than weather-vaning. Keep that in mind the next time someone is scolding you.