This week has been a stressful one for me.
Work-wise, it’s been tough.
Family-wise it’s been fucking weird.
I made a motion that I will be limiting time here. I feel that the controversial nature of some of my posts is empowering family to be more ballsy in their posts on Facebook. I see Facebook as a safe place to post friendly things. But if you’re going to post something controversial, have the decency to shed light on how you view the topic.
If it’s your opinion, add your own words. Otherwise, it fails to be a reflection of your opinion and simply a potential stick of dynamite that may — just may — go off in your face.
The response to me limiting my time here was a bit underwhelming. I received some personal emails on top of the comments left here. But for the most part, I thought it would encourage a little more discussion.
My favorite response was from Aaron, who wrote (emphasis mine):
I for one don’t think you should ever stop being who you are and expressing what you feel. Visiting Le Cafe Witteveen is a person’s choice no matter who they happen to be.
Editing is not necessary.
For those who feel the subject matter is too hot…it may be time to ask for the check and find the door. I personally love the controversial nature of this blog.
Do I agree with everything you write? No.
Does it make me think deeper when I don’t agree? Yes.
Long live Le Cafe Witteveen.
But to Aaron’s point, editing is necessary.
I have become much less controversial over the past seven months. I edit myself a lot. More than most of you might know.
If I opened up the flood gates and let out a lot of personal feelings, I might jeopardize a lot more than I already do.
One of the straws that broke my back was a Facebook post a family member made encouraging the reading of this WND editorial: “BLACK AMERICA’S REAL PROBLEM ISN’T WHITE RACISM. Pat Buchanan points out statistics on crime, illegitimacy”
In the editorial, Pat Buchanan cites his own book for the resources of his own statistics. Stats that aren’t available unless you buy Pat Buchanan’s book.
In what world can you refer to stats published in your own book and be considered researched? That’s like me saying, “90% of America Read Le Café Witteveen.”
“What proof do you have, Jeremy?”
“It’s right here. In this book. Buy it and find out that 99% of hot, sexy college students strip on command.”
Not to mention, WND is a conspiracy theorists dreamscape loaded with all kinds of ways and means to hate anything liberal, but also to divide those within the religious and conservative camps as well. It’s a rabble-rousing shitstorm of ridiculous information.
Regardless of whether the stats are true or not, which are unverifiable without book purchase, the point of the commentary is to invite you to agree that black people and hispanics are to blame for their stereotypes and that white people should feel empowered and embittered against their plight. You should fear blacks. You should stereotype them. They are to blame for these things. And thank GOD you’re white!
Empowerment of white supremacy.
Sounds an awful lot like racism.
Smells like it, too.
The justification for posting this article was that it’s because it reflects a person’s religious views. And since racism is justified through faith in Jesus, that makes racism and white supremacy, okay. And that the African American plight is the fault of black people. And whites should fear black people and feel better for doing so.
Let’s break this down.
Faith in Jesus is faith in the God of the Universe. Faith in Jesus is the idea that he existed, that he and his ideas should be followed, as closely as possible, because he was the ultimate example of right living.
Jesus, if we believe he existed, was a dark-skinned man, who encouraged division yet peace. He spent his time encouraging forgiveness (70 times 7 times). He spent his time encouraging interracial love and healing (good Samaritan). He encouraged selflessness, and going to the sick, the poor, the damned, and giving them a fair chance to get out of their plight, their situations, regardless of whether they were addicted, damned, hated, sick, poor, et al. etc.
A vote for Jesus is NOT a vote for racism. It’s a vote for dark skinned, downtrodden, lesser than-thous. It is a vote for removal of all things material and giving to your neighbor.
It is: “Do unto others.”
So if you would not stereotype a white person, then you would not stereotype a black person.
“Do unto others” means that you would forgive people as often as possible, let them strike you, and you would still “love” them. Forgive. Love. Obey.
This is the Jesus way.
Within this perspective, people who post articles from Pat Buchanan seem to think that Obama should heal this country within his two terms in office. They should not forgive him 70 times 7 times for failing to unite this country into the utopian stronghold that 43 white presidents failed to do.
We should hold Obama at fault for this failure. We should not treat him like ourselves.
We should disobey Jesus’s commandments. Of course!
But let’s get back to the article. Pat Buchanan encourages the white race to continue a stereotype against hispanics and blacks. I’m hispanic by birth, and I’ve experienced my fair share of hispanic stereotyping. And since my heritage is not clearly identifiable, I’ve been mistaken and criticized for looking Muslim. My look can be misconstrued as a pejorative.
So when family member encourages white folks to continue the stereotyping and to regard minorities with disdain, this person is encouraging racism toward yours truly. Me. Little old me.
Yes, yes. Jesus encouraged division within families. That’s no question.
But the idea is also that the idea of racism can be justified by one’s faith, when clearly, racism is not encouraged or condoned by Jesus — should he have meant what is said to have said — no where in the bible.
But then again, God is unchanging and he was pretty fucking racist in the Old Testament.
Let’s sum up.
The article in question is only part of a larger picture of disturbing information regarding what’s happening in my situation. I found the article in question a disgusting, unsupported, unintelligent, un-researched, and a foul representation of a white stereotype of everything that lots of people don’t like about religious folks.
If I were religious, I would condemn white supremacist views like Pat Buchanan’s and would be offended that he would encourage such disgusting behavior, especially if members of my own family qualified as hispanic or black.
Gosh, I might construe that as loved ones wanting to push me out, maybe in front of a bus, because the thought of an outsider, the xenophobia of differences, the disgust for diversity, is too difficult to accept.
Racism is not justifiable.
While we’re all racist, we’ve come so far.
Pat Buchanan’s views represent some religious folks. But most have come to support Jesus’s ideas of inclusion. Of healing. Of support for people, regardless of race.
But if we are to believe that Obama is a failure for not uniting America within the time frame of a little over 5 years, what are we to think of dark-skinned Jesus, who hasn’t unified the world — nor the people who claim faith in him — within the last 2,000?
Is he a failure, too? The God of the universe has had 2,000 — 730,000 days — to unify his flock, the world, and cure it of the confusion of who is in control? Is it the Muslim God? The Christian one? The Catholic one? The Baptist one?
If there is still no unification, why continue belief and admiration in such a failure?
I can openly admit, I hate a lot about Obama and his administration. His failures are too far to count in this blog post.
But I highly doubt a Jesus follower — those who vote for him with their minds and their voter registration — can say the same about him.