Marriage can only have one head.
If it has two heads then it becomes a two-headed monster.
I think I must first warn you that I’m on a soap box today. I first read Mara’s article, Have you heard this one? I then moved onto Wartburg Watch, and their article Is Racial Solidary really possible in the SBC?
Prejudice Is Ignorance
I guess I first need to explain. I will be speaking from the eyes of a small child that watched her parents fight in a southern atmosphere during the civil rights, freedom riders, Martin Luther King, Jr. times. They both grew up in an atmosphere of bigotry, and they were both lead by the Holy Spirit to stand up for what was right and just on this issue.
From what I have gathered they waited until adulthood, and away from the immediate family pressure to do everything they wished to do. They did small things prior, but went all out once the restrictions of their family life was removed.
I remember my own grandfather telling me that he sent his good Christian girl off to Baylor thinking it was a good Christian college – and they ‘ruined her’. Mom told me later she just felt more free to express their beliefs later in life. They were always there.
During that time if you did such a thing you were the worse of the worse. You were the white traitors, and dealt with contempt.
If you watched any of the Freedom Riders program you would understand how truly UNCOMFORTABLE at the very least this stand would place you in if you were in the South. Which is where we were.
My brother and I never saw my parents treat people of color any different than anyone else. They repeated over and over again, ‘Prejudice is ignorance’. They showed us what that meant, and I’m truly thankful for that.
My children have friends from just about every background imaginable. I realize they know history, but their freedom of having those friends with no attitude, comments, and sense of bigotry like I saw in childhood? That is SO big to me!
Prejudice Is Ignorance
This comment can be applied to so much more than my childhood experiences with seeing direct racism.
Prejudice is about power and authority in the eyes of a bigot. If you attempt to place the bigot on the same plain with the source of their prejudice? They see it as taking their power and authority away. Its almost as if the competition is being handed things that was ‘theirs alone’, and they are being forced to share.
In their own pride, selfish nature they lash back. The sense of superiority that they had been raised with is seen as being unjustly taken away.
The Prejudice is ignorance comment that I learned from childhood applies here. Sadly, their response is what is dangerous, damaging and downright hurtful. They seem to think life would be the Dr. Doolittle's push me pull me animal.
I’m going to ‘pull me’ as hard as I can to keep my authority and superiority, and at times I will violently resist the ‘push me’ source of prejudice to view them any different.
If you read any of the myths of what would happen to society if blacks were given this position? You can feel what I’m speaking about. I remember ONE in particular, black men would rape white women.
Their true fear was/is ignorance. With ignorance came hate, contempt, name calling, labeling, lies, etc. Yes, Prejudice is ignorance.