Boxed thinking & the history of racism

By silencing (and/or ignoring) the history of racism, we hide away the answers that we need to heal our land today. People who don’t want to know the history of racism, will stay confused and bewildered about race.

Race is a historical myth, that was created as an excuse for human trafficking. The truth is: No person is inferior to me. We’re all “wonderfully made,” even when we persistently fail to live up to it.

Racism is failure! It’s the failure to appreciate who a person is as an individual. It’s time to take the lid off of our thinking about racism in America and shine the light for all to see the brutality, cruelty, and failure of racism.

History shows that when color is used to classify and categorize people, prejudice and contempt follow close behind. Then opinions begin to obscure truth. Through and most of American history, people had a legal right to mistreat and abuse other people because of their skin color.

By not calling out the color-based dehumanization of people in the past, we excuse color-disparity in the present. Then we ignore the fact that a person’s ability, character, and integrity have absolutely nothing to do with skin color!

Boxed thinking protects our pride from the fear that we could possibly be wrong. It insulates us from the lessons of history.

Color-based bias is the most irrational form of bias. It’s based on nothing but epidermis tone.

You can’t read a person by his cover. You have to look beyond the skin to truly know what’s within a person’s heart and mind. You can’t effectively evaluate people’s character until you can get beyond the color of their skin.

Humans are many colors
But that’s no reason
For some to mistreat
The others.

If you don’t know
The pain of Jim Crow,
You won’t understand,
What blacks undergo.

After centuries of laws saying, “black lives don’t matter,” people are now saying, “Black Lives Matter.” Let‘s ALL say it!

Reading slave narratives helps heal racism. When I read those books I wept many times. I was shocked to see first hand accounts of the horror and terror of racism told by people who had personally experienced it. It made me see that racism is real and is evil and it made me realize I don’t want it in my heart, my mind, or my behavior. I put extensive quotes from slave narratives in my book about healing racial wounds. Check it out at this link.

“Black despair over white terror . . .” From Ebony Pictorial History Of Black America — a 3-volume set of books that I sold door to door when I was in college.

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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