Racism: Nothing to do with skin color

Racial tensions in our country are not due to skin color, nor are they the consequence of enslavement of Africans. If enslavement of a people were  the cause of race riots across our

baltimore riot scene
Baltimore Race Riots – CNN photo

nation, then surely Irish descendants would be in the forefront. One possible reason Barack Obama is so keen on slavery is his ancestry: Irish and Kenyan.


One possible reason Barack Obama is so keen on slavery is he knows his ancestry: Irish and Kenyan. Furthermore, he may feel guilt from the fact his Kenyan ancestors sold slaves through the East African slave markets. This paragraph serves only to feed my ‘snark’ (Thank you, Lewis Carroll.)

In his speech on December 9, 2015 commemorating the Thirteenth Amendment, the president, the first Irish-Kenyan to hold the office, Barack Obama revived the injustice of “chattel slavery” using the present tense of the verb ‘to be’ (1:08). He rehearsed in great detail how slaves from the African continent were brutally and callously mistreated. His repeated use of the verb ‘is’ was obvious: he strives to inflame people of one skin color while shaming people of another. You can view and hear his entire speech in the C-Span video below and you can search the text of his speech from the White House transcript of the speech via this link: Remarks by the President at Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the 13th Amendment.

Full disclosure: None of the Dutch immigrants on my father’s side owned slaves, but Irish immigrants on my mother’s side of the family tree were slaves.

The present day racial strife is not due to skin color. It will never be resolved by “coming together”. Racial tension that underlies riots in Baltimore and elsewhere across the country has its roots, not in the historical enslavement of black-skinned Africans, but in unforgiveness.

The caustic effects of unforgiveness yield the fruit of anger, bitterness, and frustration which in turn give rise to a desire for revenge. Subsequent acts of revenge exacerbate racial tension. At no time in all human history has it been true that angry mobs, murders, chaos or mayhem bring peace to a society. Unforgiveness can only be resolved through forgiveness.

“If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.” – Matthew 6:14-15 NLT

Unforgiveness must also be seen as a manifestation of self-righteousness.

So, what is the answer to ongoing race riots, Black Lives Matter activism, and the like? The answer is simple. If you believe somebody owes you an apology, forgive them of that debt. If someone says something or does something that offends you, refuse to take up an offense.

An evil movement across America seeks to segregate us, to divide us. It’s intentional. It’s unholy. This evil movement has the potential to destroy this nation. This sitting president brings the past into the present in every speech he makes. As it is written in Proverbs 6:16-19 NLT:

There are six things the Lord hates—forgiveness - Lewis Smedes.jpg
 no, seven things he detests:

  1. haughty eyes,
  2. a lying tongue,
  3. hands that kill the innocent,
  4. a heart that plots evil,
  5. feet that race to do wrong,
  6. a false witness who pours out lies,
  7. a person who sows discord in a family.

The first step to ending riots and targeting of white people and policemen is to recognize how anti-American activists set us up for discord. The next step is to forgive others of real and imaginary offenses. Third, call on the name of the Lord to ask forgiveness of yourself.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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