People are petrified to bring up a racial issue, especially in an age of “racial microaggressions,” “white privilege,” and the massive protesting and rioting over the death of George Floyd.
Even cleaning up graffiti is now considered a racist act.
The fear is understandable when considering how systemic racism has been since the founding of the United States. Andrew Walker expressed the discomfort quite pointedly: “Racial reconciliation is a sensitive subject with which well-meaning people feel intimidated to engage. It seems, at times, there are too many landmines and too many unforgivable sins in the discourse. But in order for us to grow together, we must not let the headwinds of complexity discourage a steady course toward reconciliation.”
An exemplary individual who portrayed grace and forgiveness is none other than Nelson Mandela. In his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, Mandela describes how he felt after getting out of prison. “I was asked as well about the fears of whites. I knew that people expected me to harbor anger toward whites. But I had none. In prison, my anger toward whites decreased, but my hatred for the system grew. I wanted South Africa to see that I loved even my enemies while I hated the system that turned us against one another.”
So, I’d like to share a few virtues that the great Mandela lived by and helped bring an end to the Apartheid in South Africa, and hopefully, as we apply them in our own lives that, in solidarity, we can end racism in America.
The first virtue is the Golden Rule: “Do to others what you would have them do to you.”
Bottom line, we must treat all people with dignity and respect.
That’s what Mandela did as the leader of a divided country. He called whites and blacks to honor one another with dignity and to respect one another’s differences. It didn’t matter the person’s color; if they were being mistreated, Mandela would step in to defend them.
We need to do the same.
If you’re white and see a black or brown person racially profiled, discriminated, or mistreated — don’t remain silent, say something. Please stand up for them. It would be a great help if more people in the white community broke their silence and fought for more racial justice. And I say that as a Hispanic-American. I, myself, can do more to abide by the Golden Rule.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jason Jimenez