True Christianity is color-blind. As Paul put it, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28).
You will notice the obvious implication that strength does not come from diversity, as the left endlessly bleats, but from unity. Unity among any body of people comes when our racial, social, or gender identities are subsumed under a larger, greater and overarching identity, whether as Christians or as Americans.
We don’t cease to be Jew or Gentile, or male or female, but those distinctions pale into insignificance in light of our larger identity as members of the same body politic, the kingdom of God, and our shared allegiance to its ideals.
Diversity by itself is not a strength but a fatal weakness. Diversity by itself causes division, separation, and alienation. The more people focus on diversity the further they drift from their neighbors.
The leaders of the civil rights movement lived, fought, and even died to advance the notion that character and not skin color is paramount. Martin Luther King, Jr. even invited people to judge his children based on the “content of their character” but refused to accept the premise that they should be judged based on the “color of their skin.” He literally gave his life for this cause.
Rosa Parks became the first great hero of the modern civil rights movement when she refused to be treated as a second-class citizen simply because of the color of her skin. When she politely but firmly refused to be marginalized because of her race, she lit a torch that still burns brightly today.
Sadly, and bizarrely, racial prejudice is making an ominous comeback in our day. Increasingly, race-based activist groups are insisting on having separate but equal dormitories and graduation ceremonies, and are now banishing from their events and their spaces people whose skin color does not match their own.
A case in point occurred over the last two weeks at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Each year in the spring, minority activist groups have in the past enjoyed what they called a “Day of Absence,” in which they would skip class and go off campus to strategize on how best to advance the cause of minority rights.
This year, however, they decided that they weren’t going to leave campus but instead were going to make everybody else leave, that is, everybody with the wrong skin color. White people were told unceremoniously to vacate the campus for the day, an ominous expression of segregation based purely on race.
One person of pallor, biology Professor Bret Weinstein, flatly refused to be treated as a second-class citizen based on his race. He made it clear that he would teach his class at its normal time in its normal classroom. He quite reasonably said, “On a college campus, one’s right to speak — or to be — must never be based on skin color.”
For his bold, courageous, and righteous stand – actually believing that all people are equal – he was besieged by a howling, profane mob, falsely accused of being a racist, and threatened with physical violence. The school administration is now under intense pressure to fire him for his impertinence.
Further, he has been forced to hold his biology class in a park instead of a classroom because the college president, a weakling named George Bridges, in an astonishing display of cowardly capitulation, ordered campus police not to protect him in case of trouble.
(Bridges, in his craven compliance, even agreed to a demand that “every official event at the college will start with an acknowledgment that Evergreen State is on land stolen from Native Americans.”)
But a racist Weinstein clearly is not. According to Inside Higher Ed, “Many of Weinstein’s students — including minority students — have taken to social media to say that he is a kind and thoughtful teacher and has been supportive of those enrolled in his courses, including minority students.”
The simple truth is that any form of racial supremacy, whether white or black, undermines social cohesion and harmony and is horribly contrary to the noble goal of making America “one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all” (emphasis mine). In the kingdom of God and in the United States of America, no one should be treated as a second-class citizen because of race.
Bret Weinstein has advanced the case of racial equality and carried on the work of Rosa Parks by refusing to go the back of the diversity bus. Good for him.
(Unless otherwise noted, the opinions expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Family Association or American Family Radio.)