Most Americans and virtually all Christians were taught not to mistreat others, that God is the father of all and that people demonstrate their love for God by how they treat and serve others. The vast majority of Whites, including police, are not unkind to Blacks and are not racist. So don’t say that all Whites, and only Whites, have some kind of systemic racism because of the color of their skin. That belief is very racist and a lie.
I, like most Americans, have never participated in any activity harmful to Blacks. In fact, most Americans have ancestors who fought in the Civil War to help rid this nation of slavery – 360,222 northerners dying for that cause. And it was largely Whites that gave America their first Black president. If Whites were systemic racists that would have never happened. In America, race baiting to perpetuate racism is a vastly bigger problem than actual racism.
So Antifa, Black Lives Matter and other groups, media outlets included, looking to incite Blacks to riot and blame all Whites, cease the fake narrative. Today Blacks have the same rights as any other race, no less, nor more. If Whites are systemically racist then former President Barack Obama’s White mother would be racist, and Obama himself, who is half White, thus half racist. Nonsense.
Americans who have never contributed to racism should have no White guilt. But, for the sake of argument, let’s assume that my ancestors were slave owners and/or racists. Should I then have guilt or owe reparations? Certainly not to the living, and the dead are dead. To whom then, to their posterity generations later? Of course not. How would it be quantified? Most Blacks have mixed ancestry, and many don’t have slavery in their history – like Obama in both respects. Racism that existed in the past must be left in the past. A just God will judge between the offender and the offended. Otherwise the offense that is given new life passes to the next generation.
In America, nobody has been born a slave since 1865; no one now living is responsible. So if people force me to pay reparations for harm done to an ancestor generations ago, why should I not expect the same to be paid from their posterity to me for damages done in carrying the weight of this guilt? And thus, it passes to the third, fourth or 10th generation as each alternately is offended by the other over injustices that can never be resolved without continual offense. Somebody has to let it go, whether they ever forgive or not.
For many years, I taught this philosophy as the only remedy possible to end the offense of slavery with only one dissenter; a male Black student from an inner city back east who had so much hatred for alleged White behavior from long ago that he almost could not express himself. I asked him if he had been personally offended. He could not identify a single personal offense but still hated. The thought of letting it go and not hating people because of it, he could not breach. The generational hatred was just too strong.
Critics may argue, “Whites have never felt racism as we have. It is easy for them. They have never been beat up for their skin color.”
Perhaps, but some Whites do know what it is like to be unmercifully beat up for no other reason than the color of their skin.
Forty-four years ago, I knew a White California college professor that experienced it. While grading final exam papers at the end of his first semester in California, he was subjected to loud and offensive language just outside his office which bordered an open quad. It looked as if two fights were going on outside and, since he was the nearest authority on campus, he asked them to stop. When they didn’t, he reached down to pull one of the combatants off another. The young man was the Black leader of a gang with more than a dozen fellow Mexican gang members. They all attacked him. The two Whites being beaten took the moment to run.
The professor had never seen any of these assailants before. One gang member stood in front of him kicking his head unmercifully with full force every time he lifted it, his friends hit and kicked the professor from every direction. His mind, very blurred from the blows, silently uttered to God his dangerous situation.
“I will shortly be with thee, if you do not intervene in my behalf,” he said.
Almost immediately another White male faculty member entered the quad. The gang immediately attacked him also, allowing the professor to get to his feet. They encircled both professors, pulled off their belts with large belt buckles, for which this gang was known, and whipped them from all sides. In time, the professors were able to ease over to the door of the building and slip inside to safety.
Police later arrived, and mauled as he was, the professor was escorted to a police car with the restrained Black gang leader inside. As he approached, the gang member snarled oaths of hatred and threats to kill him if identified. The gang leader was incarcerated for six months for the assault, and soon after serving his time and being release, he killed a child and was reincarcerated, ending the immediate threat to the professor. Eventually the professor moved away and never heard from or of the assailant again. Fear does not dissipate easily. He carried a can of pepper spray with him for many years. No one was going to beat him like that again.
The professor was me.
Have I forgotten this injustice to me? No, nor do I blame all Blacks and/or Mexicans for the scum of a few. Nor did I teach my children to hate others. But isn’t that what race baiters want Blacks to do to Whites?
Dr. Harold W. Pease is a syndicated columnist and an expert on the United States Constitution. He has dedicated his career to studying the writings of the Founding Fathers and to applying that knowledge to current events. He taught history and political science from this perspective for over 30 years at Taft College. To read more of his weekly articles, visit http://www.LibertyUnderFire.org.