Segregation Needs No Bridges
If there is anything that gets almost universal condemnation these days, it is the recognition that slavery that permeated the American south in the 18th and 19th centuries and the prevailing discrimination and segregation that lingered throughout America for a hundred years after slavery was abolished, was wrong. Segregation was wrong then and it is just as wrong now without regard to the purveyors.
This week Rick Warren of the Saddle Back Church in California held a "black-only" service. His well-intentioned attempt at aiding "those in pain," served to reinforce the idea that there is actually such a thing as "black" and "white" people. This is what makes segregation morally reprehensible. The idea that we are different based on the varying amounts of melanin in our skin can only be taught as we age because if you've noticed 2 year-olds and how they react towards each other then you realize that they have not been socialized with "race" enough to realize that they should treat people differently based on their skin color. This is what Rick Warren is doing. He is fostering the idea that people should be treated differently based on their skin color. Not only does that contradict the scriptural message that identifies that we are all "one" in Jesus Christ, but it also likens his actions to those who use those differences to incite ill-will towards people of different skin tones. I'm sure that Pastor Warren doesn't want to do that but it is an inevitable outcome.
"If you treat people differently based on the color of their skin then you will treat people differently based on the color of their skin."
Segregation is wrong because of the principles upon which it rests. It rests upon the idea that we belong in separate rooms, classes or ideological boxes based on "perceived" differences. The point is that these "perceived" differences are meaningless. Of course, historically some people with ulterior motives, intentionally gave them meaning and those contrived meanings with their self-serving aims are what we're still trying to resolve today. I am ardently trying to convince you that skin color should have been meaningless from the beginning for determination of anything and people should have been evaluated on their character, aptitude and ability. So what stops us from doing that now? We've been "racialized." It's just like "radicalized," which happens to people who become terrorists, but it's different when we cling to "race" because this ideology is accepted and supported by our society, not realizing that it is wreaking terror on its citizens. That's why you have "White Nationalists" who will die for their cause and you have NFAC and Antifa members who will die for their cause and then there are ordinary Americans who are not quite that radical but will cling to the concepts of the "racialization" they've undergone since birth.
RACE IS NOT REAL