Racism

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

Martin Luther King Jr.

The Quest for Universal Equality

We know from God’s word, that every man and woman is created in His image (Gen 1:27).  Paul writes, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Eph 3:28).  Yet, inequality abounds.

Humanity. The simple definition is “the human race; human beings collectively.” At the heart of that definition is “race.” Over the centuries, various studies have attempted to divide humans into categories. Some scientists claimed there were three main races, while others claimed five. Although there is a measure of truth to the five-race theory, the lines are blurring. The popularity of individual DNA home test kits is clearly showing we can belong to many different races. 

Racial Inequality

The reasons for racial inequality seem limitless. Globally, every country has and still is experiencing racism in some form or another. Clearly, the “human race” of the 21st century has much work to do in learning the sanctity of every life on this planet. Regardless of race, color, or gender, every life is to be affirmed and valued.

Racism Globally

We are not born racists. Babies enter with no understanding of the world around them other than their need for food, shelter, and love. And yet, generation upon generation, families pass on the understanding that one race is less important than another. Whether it is racism in America, discrimination against indigenous Australian peoples, anti-Semitism, or female genital mutilation (FGM) in parts of Africa and the Middle East, oppression of one group by another exists.

According to the World Population Review, India is the most racist country in the world. Following India is Lebanon, Bahrain, Libya and Egypt. Racism can range from bullying to genocide.  

Loss Through Genocide

When one group of people seeks to destroy another because of their nationality, race, religion, or ethnicity, it’s known as genocide. Globally, genocide continues in the 21st century.

Starting in 2003, over 480,000 Darfuris in Western Sudan have been murdered or displaced. In Syria, 500,000 Syrians have died since 2011. Various sources place the number of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities currently held in detention camps in China between 1 million and 1.5 million, with some estimates going as high as 3 million. These are just three of the conflicts that continue today.

Genocide statistics are hard to comprehend. 

  • Armenia: From 1915 – 1923   1,000,000 killed
  • The Holocaust:  From 1933 – 1945   5,700,000 killed
  • China (Under Mao):  From 1958 – 1962  45,000,000
  • Khmer Rouge (Cambodia):  From 1975 – 1978   1,600,000 killed
  • Rwanda: In a 3-month period (from April 6 to July 16) in 1994   800,000 to 1,000,000

What is the aftermath of genocide? In every instance, women are systematically raped. In the Rwadan genocide, between 250,000 and 500,000 women were raped during three months. Up to 20,000 children were born to women as a result of rape. In addition, HIV+ men were recruited as rapists so women and their children were infected. What happens to a child produced by brutal rape in a country that is already suffering?

Racism in America

The American oppression of the black race, as well as others, has been studied and debated for a long time. Racism was one of the hot topics in the 60’s and is once again in the forefront of our news. The statistics are clear, generations of black Americans have experienced discrimination in all its forms.

Statistics Regarding Income
  • The incomes of Hispanic and Asian Americans are approaching those of white Americans over generations; those of Black Americans and American Indians are not.
  • In 99% of neighborhoods in the United States, black boys earn less in adulthood than white boys who grow up in families with comparable income.
  • According to 2018 US Census Data, the highest poverty rate by race is found among Native Americans (25.4%), with Blacks (20.8%) having the second highest poverty rate.
Statistics Regarding Birth
  • First trimester prenatal care was received by 67.1 % of non-Hispanic Black women, 81.8% of Asian women, 72.7% of Hispanic women and 62.5% of Native Americans and Alaska Natives. Contrast these numbers to 82.5% of non-Hispanic white women.
  • Black Americans comprise a much smaller percentage of the population than they would have without abortion. About 11% of whites have been wiped out by abortion, but a staggering 31% of blacks have been aborted.
  • Since the legalization of abortion in 1973, over 62,889,000 babies have been aborted in the US. Of those, 27% (or 18,687,203) were black.

Changing Hearts and Minds About Global Racism

As noted above, Paul shares, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” A relationship with Jesus Christ is the answer.  As believers in Christ, we all stand in equality.

Paul adds, “Be imitators of Christ.”  If we are to be imitators of Christ we must be servants of one another, humble to one another, and life-giving to one another regardless of any racial or other difference that is superficial.

When we look to each creation within humankind, we see a reflection of who God is.  It is only when we value those differences that we truly value and understand who God is.

Your support will go directly into the programs that elevate all races and diversities from a Biblical perspective with education, love, and compassion.  We will eliminate racism when we celebrate the diversity of God’s creation in full. 

You will never have this day again, so make it count.