You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me.” (Exodus 20:5) According to Pastor Richer Fowler means “Sin is hereditary. Sin gets passed down from one generation to the next. That is a weight most of us would rather not bear. But we will not overcome this burden by ignoring or denying it. We must face the terrible truth of generational sin in order to deal with it, so that we may indeed break the cycle of sin for ourselves and for our children who follow.”
Irrational Sense of Entitlement
White men benefitted from affirmative action when the word was not coined but they got jobs, got promotions; got benefits, higher pay for the same work because of the colour of their skin. That’s Affirmative Action. They did not have to work hard or compete against brilliant non-whites who were often denied the chance even to compete. White men were raised with a sense of entitlement, a sense that the world belongs to them. What a lie.
It is true that most of the most horrendous killings in the world are committed by white male and it begs the question why this over representation? Mental illness first comes to mind because it excuses the victims. I have an idea which is neither mental illness nor evil person. It is a spiritual existential illness that white male suffer from and it is intergenerational. It goes way back to the time their forefathers trained white male to think of themselves as better than everyone else, that they have an inherent right to rule and be above all else, that the white male is the alpha male above all else and is put by the Creator to rule over all men, they have been taught to control women, that they are the heads of their households, that women are to be controlled and children are to be seen and not heard. In fact white men were raised to believe they are this big, powerful, intelligent superman. For a while it seemed that way when they ruled by force by denying any competition from anyone else, they denied blacks education and so blacks and other minorities were destined to servitude. In fact blacks were painted as a race incapable of learning and therefore not fit for education but should only be taught how to serve the white male and his family. They lived in the big houses, big yards and blacks faithfully tendered their children and prostrated to the white male that boosted his egos.
“At the heart of racism is the religious assertion that God made a creative mistake when He brought some people into being” Friedrich Otto Hertz.
Today the white male feels like a snivelling dog with his tail curled under his bum, confused at what he sees happening to his world. He no longer feels that powerful and like he is on top of the world, not even in his home. He looks around and his world view, his ideas, all that he was taught about himself in relation to others has been proven a lie. He is not that big and powerful. He cannot control his wife or his children, he hears that everyone has a right to be. Some white men have transitioned and transformed or evolved on their own accord with great struggle. They appear to fit it and may have found faith in God which is a source of strength for many of us. Others are still trying to find their place is the new world order and when they can’t and is overwhelmed and something triggers their confusion (the straw that broke the camel’s back) they react and do the most horrendous things one can imagine and finally take themselves out of the world. These are not bad men, these are men who were betrayed by the system, by their families and governments and so called philosophers.
“As you grow older, you’ll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don’t you forget it – whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, he is trash.” Harper Lee quotes (American writer b.1926)
It is sad and I have said over and over again in many of my past blogs when things like this happen. It is a wakeup call for parents and all who influence children to tell them the truth – they are no better or worse than anyone else, the world is a multicultural place where everyone has a right to be and everyone given the same opportunities and resources can become anything they want or are prepared to work for. Women and men are like two wings of a dove. They are both needed to work together equally to make the dove of humanity, the dove of the family, the dove of the corporate world be the best it can be. No one is superior to anyone because of race, religion, skin colour, texture of hair, disability sex, sexual orientation etc. We are one. People are different and even if we cannot accept certain differences, we must train our children to acknowledge the difference and that person’s right to be in society. We must train children that their duty in this world is to love others, take care of animals and the earth. Each one must account for himself. Once a person is doing no harm to anyone let them be who they were born to be. Parents should encourage their children to mix with friends of various cultural groups as the norm. We will raise better more resilient children, the human gene pool would be stronger and this type of weakness.
“The trouble is that racial stereotypes, unfavourable to everyone but white men of northwest European extraction, were completely accepted, and indeed, scarcely noted in those days of only forty years ago [the 1930s] (except perhaps by the members of the groups victimized thereby).” Isaac Asimov
“It demands great spiritual resilience not to hate the hater whose foot is on your neck, and an even greater miracle of perception and charity not to teach your child to hate.”James Arthur Baldwin
By the same token Blacks and other minorities who have faced a history of discrimination and who were historically disadvantaged also have to adjust to their achievements. They often psychologically pinch themselves for having made it so far, for having achieved when they were taught that they could not achieve as much as the White person. Some Black parents tell their children they have work twice as hard make twice the grade as their white counterparts to count. What does that teach black children? They cannot be equal to white; their excellence is equal to a white’s mediocre. This does not instil confidence in a black child either and some have carried that virus and passed in on to this generation and beyond.
Change the Way We look at things
Wayne Dyer is credited with coining the phrase, when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” Changing one’s thinking is not as easy as it sounds
We have to work hard at changing the way we look at things, watching the words that come out of our mouths and how we behave and act in the world