According to some pundits, the weather forecast tonight is for the sky to fall. These self-appointed officials also apparently intend to announce that the End Of The World has been scheduled for later this week. It has all been precipitated, they insist, by the events Sunday night when Nina Davuluri of New York was crowned Miss America. The problem as they see it?
The new Miss America is of Indian heritage.
Twitter was alive with tweets such as “9/11 was 4 days ago and she gets miss America?”, “Congratulations Al-Qaeda. Our Miss America is one of you”, and “Man our president nor our new Miss America isn’t even American”, according to this article at Buzzfeed. (Warning, some of the language in the tweets they captured include swear words. Bigger warning, all of the tweets include idiocy.)
When I first read the Buzzfeed article I felt sick to my stomach. Then I read this msnbc piece and got mad. As they reported, a major news network actually employs someone who tweeted “The liberal Miss America judges won’t say this – but Miss Kansas lost because she actually represented American values”? (And did anyone bother asking Miss Kansas if that’s how she saw things? Doubt it.)
Here’s the thing about those tweets and other comments I’ve read – they’re racist.
A lot of people writing those tweets and comments might not understand this, and if they do they might not care. That’s because some people are racist and embrace the label. They honestly think there’s a reason to feel that their own skin color makes them superior to people with a different skin color. Go figure.
But why do I care? After all, I’m a white male in America which makes me one of the most privileged people on the planet.
First, mine is what some call a blended race family. When you talk about people of color, you’re talking about my wife, my son and my daughter. And if anyone accuses them of not being worth as much as other Americans, that person is not only wrong but stupid and ignorant.
My wife is sixth generation American. How many people born in this country can say the same? And on my side, my kids can trace their family on this continent to 1680. One of those racists want to beat that? And yes, my kids’ skin color is darker than those stupid, ignorant racists’ skin. So here’s my advice to them: get over it.
Second, the Bible is full of instances where racism is rejected by God and his prophets. We all know Paul’s statement that in Christ there is no male or female, Scythian or Jew or Gentile, no barbarian or slave or free. Jesus just doesn’t see our skin color the way that racists do. The problem with racism goes back to a time long before Paul, though, and God dealt with it severely.
Moses, the great leader of Israel, married a woman from Cush, an African region south of Egypt. That meant she wasn’t an Israelite and had darker skin than the Israelites. This bothered Moses’ brother Aaron and sister Miriam. In fact, his decision to marry the woman caused them to question his ability to lead the people and they pointed this out to their fellow Israelites when speaking of their own qualifications to lead the people in his place. That was a big mistake and led to one of the most chilling verses in the whole Bible:
“The anger of the Lord burned against them, and he left them.” (Numbers 12:9.)
Their racism incited them to speak against God’s chosen prophet, and it angered God so much that he left them! Moses married a woman whose skin color did not mean a thing to God when it come to who is allowed in his kingdom, and when someone questioned this God got mad.
I’d like the ignorant racist idiots to think that over.
I’d also like to think something over myself. I too am an ignorant idiot who does things that hurt people, things that are far outside God’s will.
So I guess there’s something those commenters and tweeters and I have in common. They are as sorely in need of God’s grace as I am. I hope they come to realize that too.