“you idiot…offended over BS…stop playing a victim and grow a set…tunnel vision…bleeding heart…white guilt…liberal trendy faux outrage…eliminating of history”
I got told “what for” when I voiced my opinions against symbols linked to slavery. I was writing in response to a Southern newspaper’s poll about the confederacy and flags.
It is wise to consider the opinions of others. After all, what if they are right?
I will have to ask myself some hard questions:
1. Aren’t you just being trendy?
No. I grew up hearing racist jokes. I also had good examples of people who fought against racism and for human dignity. I chose to fight racism while I was still in elementary school. I am 50. I still fight this issue year after year.
2. Aren’t you just being manipulated by the media/government/”them”?
No. I encounter racist thinking and actions directly. White people say things to me about other races. Maybe they assume things since I am a white man from the South.
3. Aren’t you just an ignorant idiot?
No. I am not an expert but I do have two earned masters degrees, I speak several languages and I read historical accounts from primary sources:
4. Aren’t you just closed minded to other ways of looking at the issue?
I listen to Southerners explain how slavery wasn’t that big of a deal, or that there was a lot of good too. I think about it. I fail to understand. I am still willing to hear a coherent explanation to justify a symbol of inhumanity.
5. Aren’t you just an easily offended “bleeding-heart-liberal” wimp?
No. I served in the United States Marine Corps. I am an ordained Southern Baptist preacher from a conservative seminary. I planted churches in the US. I was a pioneer missionary to an unreached people group. I have convictions I live by as courageously as possible. Caring about others is one of those convictions.
6. Aren’t we right to keep going after racism as a gardener goes after weeds?
Hmmm…. that’s a good question!
*This post was edited for clarity July 1, 2015.
I will continue to develop these ideas in subsequent posts.