Last Sunday, a white male called into C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal,” featuring guest Heather McGhee, president of the progressive public policy organization Demos, to proclaim his “prejudice” and ask what he can do to change it. The video exchange is rather interesting. The pertinent points are highlighted as reported by The Blaze.
A man who identified himself as “Gary” called the show and said, “I was hoping your guest could help me change my mind about some things.”
“I’m a white male, and I am prejudiced,” Gary said.
Gary said he is “very discouraged at what young black males are doing to each other, and the crime rates,” and “it’s a deep issue that goes beyond that.”
“What can I do to change, you know?” Gary asked. “To be a better American?”
Who in the united States today is not “prejudiced?” The answer is no one. When most individuals think of “bias” or “prejudice,” the evil biases and prejudices are always highlighted. However, there are good biases and prejudices that we are to have and maintain.
In the video segment, the caller never stated his “prejudices” were evil. However, by what little the man stated, one could assume his prejudices were not good. The caller assumed the totality of the guilt of evil “prejudice” and McGhee confirmed his thinking without offering an alternative point. In fact, McGhee exhibited an underlying prejudice herself with her response.
According to The Blaze:
McGhee thanked the caller for his honesty and for opening up an “important” conversation. She said America’s diversity is “beautiful” but can at times present a “challenge.”
McGhee said “people of all races and ethnicities and backgrounds” should ask the question Gary asked.
“So what can you do?” she began. “Get to know black families who are not all — and not even any majority — involved in crime and gangs.”
McGhee also suggested that Gary “turn off the news at night” because “nightly news in many media markets that have been studied actually over-represents African-American crime and under-represents crime that happens by white people.”
“Join a church, if you are a religious person, that is a black church or that is a church that is interracial,” she added. “Start to read about the history of the African-American community in this country. Foster conversation in your family and in your neighborhood where you are asking exactly those kinds of questions.”
“This fear of communities that we do not live near … is tearing us apart,” she said.
Notice the response from McGhee emanated from the perspective of “prejudice” from all toward blacks and black communities. But, neither the host nor the guest asked the man to clarify his prejudice or where it might have originated. His own statement indicates a clue as to the source of his prejudice – “very discouraged at what young black males are doing to each other, and the crime rates” and “it’s a deep issue that goes beyond that.” Could his prejudice come from the way in which black communities, or specifically young black males in black communities, represent the community and themselves? It is highly probable; meaning, the black community bears some responsibility for the perpetuation of “biases” and “prejudices” that are not good.
McGhee suggests that the caller “Gary” take certain actions to address his “prejudice” without once mentioning the responsibility of the black community to address the portrayal of their community in a negative light by errant members. “Turning off the news at night” is not going to change what is happening in black communities nor eliminate any type of prejudice. Neither is going to a black or interracial church, studying black history or trying to foster conversations among friends, family and neighbors. While these “suggestions” might work, it places total responsibility for correcting the problem on an individual or certain segment of society. Yet, everyone has biases and prejudices stemming from good ones to bad ones.
If one is against crime and for upholding the law, is that individual biased and prejudiced? You bet for they prefer lawfulness over lawlessness. This is an example of a good bias and prejudice. If one is against “Black Lives Matter,” is that individual biased and prejudiced? Absolutely, but not because of the color of anyone’s skin. It is what this “movement” represents – lies, anarchy, lawlessness, and disruption of normal society. However, those individuals against this “group” are typically labeled “racists,” “prejudiced,” and “oppressive.” Who is actually engaging in oppression when individuals in this group commit vandalism, property damage, theft, and civil unrest?
On another note, blacks who are against this same “movement” are labeled as well, being referred to as “Uncle Toms,” “sell-outs,” or “trying to be white.” The evil bias and prejudice exhibited by blacks, especially those involved with “Black Lives Matter,” are just as bad and wrong as those evils exhibited by whites. Yet, black communities will not recognize this, call it out, and support lawfulness. Instead, the actions by this group are somehow “justified” perpetuating the lie that lawlessness is acceptable in the face of perceived bigotry.
Moreover, the perpetuation of “prejudice” offers many in the black communities a secondary gain – attention, special privileges, an excuse to engage in lawlessness, and to continually “shake down” America. Individuals, such as Heather McGhee, would be unemployed if not for the continued rhetoric of “bias,” “prejudice,” “racism,” and oppression. Likewise, many college professors would unemployed or employed in a different field of study if the evil prejudice were not continually highlighted.
In truth, there is not one individual who does not possess some bias or prejudice. Having good bias and prejudice is commanded by God – we are to perpetuate good works and steer from the evil. So, we are to be biased and prejudiced in favor of good and against evil. We are to love our neighbor as ourselves meaning helping our neighbor to steer from evil by conveying truth, exhibiting good behavior and steering from evil ourselves.
God tells us through His word what is evil, instructs us to recognize it and steer from it. We are to battle against evil with good. We are to be discriminating by keeping His word, teaching our children to do the same, and exhibiting good bias and prejudice. Bias and prejudice influence everyone. The key is whether that bias or prejudice is good or evil.
McGhee did state that individuals of all races, ethnicities and backgrounds should ask themselves the same question as the caller. This is particularly true. However, her focus on the black community diminished her response since everyone has bias and prejudices – good and bad. It highlighted her own bias and prejudice in perpetuating the rhetoric of evil prejudice towards blacks, without recognizing that the black community shares in the responsibility of perpetuating that evil prejudice by engaging in evil prejudice itself, as well as evil actions.
It’s time the individuals in this republic begin to recognize that “bias” and “prejudice” has two faces – good and evil. Regardless of where it originates, evil bias and prejudice should be confronted and eliminated while good bias and prejudices should be supported and perpetuated. Moreover, it is long past time that “bias” and “prejudice” labels are put away as all individuals have them – good and evil, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status or gender. Pandering to the rhetoric has only made the situation worse. Confronting the rhetoric with truth is the action needed to stifle evil works.