One of the worst things there is happens to be racism, intolerance, and bigotry. You would think with our modern society it would be something that is on the way out, but evidently, it is not. I thought it was, but, according to those who are wiser than am I, just the fact that I am white condemns me to a life of bigotry, racism, and intolerance. We are now being told that all whites are this way and we will never change, even though we think we aren’t bigots. This is where I mention that most of the people accusing whites of being racists and bigots are also white. That alone is quite interesting and could make for a rather interesting psychological study, rather like the old adage that the most closeted gays are the greatest homophobes.
The twenty-four-seven news cycle has been riveted on the events at the University of Oklahoma. I happen to know a little inside baseball on the subject. The university and the city of Norman prides itself on its diversity and lack of racism. What happened Sunday was a shock. I know that for a fact. I also know that David Boren acted in an exemplary fashion, the way any honorable person should act, when confronted with evil.
This said, the constant attacks on the university and the community are getting old. They have done what they should have done, and should be recognized for doing the right thing. Instead, I’m afraid they are going to be used as an example of modern day racism. It may be that it becomes the latest causality in the unpardonable sin – being accused of racism.
Racism, bigotry, intolerance, prejudice have become unpardonable sins. No matter what a person might to to attempt to rehabilitate their life and their reputation they are doomed. Just the accusation of such things, now, is enough to destroy someone. We live in a culture were so many other ‘sins’ are forgiven, but not the one of racism. I feel sorry for those kids from Sigma Alpha Epsilon there at the University of Oklahoma. They are now damned. No matter what they do with their lives, no matter the good they do, or how they live their lives, they are now damned. The intolerance against intolerance is the new version of cultural and social excommunication.
I swear, there are times when I expect those who demand cultural tolerance, are going to start demanding the execution of individuals they deem racist. We have reached the point where there is not going to be a good end to this. Someone is going to lose their life. I suspect when it happens, because they will have been branded a racist, their lives will be considered negligible.
The problem with this is that people do change. The annals of history are literally littered with the lives and tales of horrible sinners who have become saints. History is also littered with the lives of good people who have done bad things. Redemption is a very good thing. So is forgiveness. When we cannot forgive, according to the Lord’s Prayer, we cannot be forgiven. I keep thinking about throwing that first stone. None of us are perfect. Yet, we expect perfection from others. When they don’t live up to our ideals, we now have a tendency to throw them away, forgetting that forgiveness is one of the greatest gifts there is.
As Christ was being tortured and crucified on the cross, he asked our Father in heaven to forgive those who were killing him. They did not know what they were doing. He begged that they be forgiven. If Christ could forgive those who were executing him, I think we could learn to forgive those who don’t think the way we do.
It is just as evil to destroy young and stupid lives for stupid things they do, as the evil that came out of their mouths. There are certain segments of our society who are forgetting that they are not perfect, and are being just as hurtful as those who have hurt them. Our country is better than that.