- Back then, the British looked down on the colonists.
- Then the British-heritage Americans looked down on immigrants from other nations.
- Then the white Americans looked down on black and brown Americans
- Maybe now that Black/brown people have more of a voice, they look down on the yellow?
Okay, the point isn’t to point out grievances against Asians. Nor is it to point out how other minorities are also racist, because let’s be real – even WITHIN races and ethnicities, there are prejudiced factions. I guess it’s that.. if I assume positive intent (hur hur), the learning for communities may be that many times, the more powerful group doesn’t intend racism – so we don’t need to jump down their throats when they make mistakes, and we should be patient, because… the same mistakes will probably happen again… and there are many ways to get your way – so think about how you want to go about getting it.
This doesn’t mean you have to just let it go by. But perhaps it means being more gracious when you do point it out. [[Here is where I erased a few pointed/snappish remarks. I don’t think they translate well into type but you can hear it from me in person if you’d like]].
[[Final Aside:// This reminded me of a sermon my pastor preached a few weeks back in Ephesians 2:11-13. K, I know the verses seem super random and hard to get and the sermon itself is a 78-minute doozy, but let me briefly explain the context. As Paul writes this letter, he’s reminding the people of Ephesus, the Gentiles (aka non-Jews) about their background. This piece here also serves as a huge reminder of how basically, in one generation, the gap between the Jews and non-Jews (Gentiles/goyiim) – one that has historically been preserved since Israel was a nation and has definitely been hostile – was bridged by the gospel… and I think that’s what’s super interesting about a truly biblical church. You go in and the commonality isn’t in ethnicity, socio-economic status, or whatnot, but it’s in the commonality of Christ.]]
Basically… people! Understand that you might be oppressed. But that doesn’t mean you can’t also be an oppressor. So, Be. Gracious. And… if need be, admit that you’re wrong. I promise, it won’t make you look weak or lose ground.
(But then ultimately, what change can there be until our hearts are changed?)