When racism is gone, gone, gone . . .

When racism’s gone, skin color will be like eye color, noticed, but not definitive of people’s behavior or character.

When racism’s gone, the idea that human value can be determined by skin-color will be seen as absurd.

When racism’s gone, pain suffered from color-prejudice will be seen with compassion, not brushed aside as insignificant.

When racism’s gone, color diversity will be viewed as a valuable asset to be cultivated, not as a threat to be avoided.

When racism’s gone, no one will speak about anybody’s skin color in a negative way.

When racism’s gone, someone who has a white parent and a black parent won’t be called black.

When racism is gone, speaking up for social justice won’t be quickly brushed aside as “identity politics.”

When racism is gone, no one will need to deny being a racist.

When racism’s gone, runaway slaves will be recognized as some of the most courageous people in American history.

When racism’s gone, people of one skin color won’t be seen as more criminal than people of another.

When racism is gone, color-based innuendo will be a thing of the past.

When racism is gone, color-based disparities will be considered with concern, compassion, and the desire to overcome them.

When racism’s gone American abolitionists and civil rights leaders will be recognized as some of our greatest heroes of “liberty and justice for all.”

When racism’s gone, open discussions about America’s history of color-based injustice, will no longer be considered taboo.

When racism’s gone, protesting injustice won’t be called “identity politics,” “race baiting,” or “playing the race card.”

When racism’s gone people will wonder how one skin color was ever considered to be better than another.

When racism is gone, Americans will be willing to confront the racial injustice in our history.

When racism’s gone, the color-based injustices in American history will no longer be ignored or defended, but openly admitted.

When racism’s gone, all the slaveholders in American history will be known as human traffickers.

When racism’s gone, America’s historic slave-plantations will be recognized as places of horrible human rights abuses.

When racism’s gone, skin-color-based profiling will seem like nonsense.

When racism’s gone, no one will be criticized based on their skin color.

When racism’s gone, people will feel no need to proclaim that they have friends of a different color than they are.

When racism’s gone, people who believed in and supported white supremacy will no longer be seen as heroes.

When racism is gone, America will be willing to openly expose the home-grown terrorism that has plagued our history.

When racism is gone, it will all be gone — overt, covert, subtle, unconscious, institutional, retaliatory — and every other form.

When racism is gone, we will all understand that to be human is to be fully human. There are no partially human, sub-human, or less-human people.

When racism is gone, no one will feel uncomfortable around people because of their skin color.

When racism’s gone people will notice where there is a lack of color diversity and wonder why.

(The term “reverse racism” is an admission that racism in America has primarily gone in one direction.)

“When racism is gone” isn’t just an idealistic idea. You and I can get all forms of racism out of our own heart, mind, and behaviors. I wrote a handbook to help do that: Off the RACE Track–From Color-Blind to Color-Kind.

Different shades of skin don’t separate people, but the unwillingness to appreciate and respect all shades of skin, does.

Racism isn’t always color-based hatred. Sometimes it’s the color-based absence of care and compassion.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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