Bigotry of ANY kind makes me upset. If you believe that you are better than ANY human being, you are a bigot.
I know that this sounds like a prettyÂ harsh rule, and it is – partly because it’s a rule that accuses us all. We are all, in some way, bigots.Â
There is something inside of us that wants to say that we have more value than the person next to us. I don’t know how to describe that something in any other way than that it is evil.
Oh, we try to dressÂ it up. WeÂ disguise it with words that illustrate our great benevolence. WeÂ even join organizations that espouse causes that fight against bigotry. Why, we are bigoted against the bigots.
It is such an incredible curse, that we will even jeopardize our survival to protect our bigotry.
You are probably wondering why I am so riled up about this subject. It’s not news to anyone,Â and you’ve comeÂ here to read about Israel and global security.
Well, I wasn’t going write about this, this morning. I was actually going to play out a scenario to help y’all understand a thing or two about one thing, or another. However, as I prepared to play out my scenario, I realized that I just couldn’t shut up about something that I’d seen and heard last night.
PBS isÂ doing a series on World War II, and they are doing an incredibly good job of describing the war and the personal impact that war had on America. I haven’t been watching all of it, and I couldn’t even see the whole show last night. But, I saw enough.
African American men and women served our country and even sacrificed their lives for us, and we had nothing but contempt for that sacrifice. We segregated them, and gave them white officers. We sent them out toÂ build our ships, but we never allowed them to be more than assistants andÂ apprentices.
Even when we were desperate for people to step in and perform duties that were vital to the survival of our country, we chose the least able over that of an African American. And, if anÂ African American should point this out, we beat him up – or worse, her up.
We put our own survival on the line because weÂ did not want an African American to have a place of honor. Can you believe that?
And, what makes me evenÂ MORE upset is that the worst examples come from the ‘bible belt’. ‘Christians’ of every stripe participated and tacitly supported this bigotry. They denied voting rights. They denied jobs. They denied even spiritual life.
Before you shake your head and say that John has bought into a load of… propaganda, I should tell you that I have seen this for myself. I have personally seen men and women say and do what they never should have done, or said.
I wouldn’t be so upset now at what I saw last night, if I had not seen the spirit of bigotryÂ alive and well inÂ our hearts.
We have much to answer for.