If you look at the news or have any kind of social awareness there seems to be an enormous flood of racially motivated stories. From Trayvon Martin to the Obama Re-Nig bumper stickers it seems that under the surface there has been this sleeping volcano of hate and prejudice that has finally erupted and spilled over onto the national scene. It can be trivial such as people’s reactions to black characters in the Hunger Games or it can be deadly such as the burning of a young Caucasian man in Kansas
The question that needs to be asked is “Where did all of this hate come from?” Some people think that asking for justice to be done in the Trayvon Martin death is provoking racism and hate but I doubt that one incident could trigger such a barrage of venomous hatred. I believe it’s because America has issues that still need to be dealt with. Many have mistaken MLK’s dream into being blind to racial inequality. Don’t bring it up and it will go away. Well it hasn’t. It’s been here all along like the slowly growing contempt between two spouses and suddenly one incident….just one little incident has unleashed the pent up fury of both sides. All because for years we have not been able to deal with the truth. This country was founded on racism and just winning a victory for civil rights is not going to solve the problem. Racism has been deeply embedded in our economics, politics, media, entertainment, and education since this country’s inception. South Africa had its Truth and Recomciliation commission but where is ours?
To not deal with the problem shows how much we greatly underestimate the human proclivity towards sin and hatred. It shows that we are still living in the failed enlightenment creed of progress, progress, progress. But progress can never happen if we do not realize the depth of the problem and the depth of the problem is us. One ancient writer summed it up like this:
They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt;
there is none who does good,
not even one. (Psalm 14:3 ESV)
It is in our nature to hate each other. To dislike each other because of difference. To grab at power by manipulating those who don’t fit in. It is an old story but it continues to gain new life throughout history. One of the ways we can stop it is by confronting the awful bitter honest truth about what has already been going on in this country. Because although civil rights and political correctness held it in check the hearts of many have not changed (just take a look at YouTube, Twitter, or Facebook). Where did all this hate come from? It’s been there all long.