Shame on you Christians leaders who fail to speak-up for justice. You were the ones who would have had your slaves while you sat in your little white churches, spoke of the evils of drinking, and preached about the love of Jesus.
Yep, Donald Trump again. Lots of people think I’m obsessed with him. I’m not. I am obsessed with social injustice. And and the pain — the tangible emotional suffering birthed from the racial hate at the hands of the white Protestant male. I remember reading about it in high school American history. And watching Mississippi Burning. But seeing it in my lifetime? Right here in The OC?
Like two years ago when I was made aware of a white supremacist group at one of my kids’ schools.
And a few months back. A friend had adopted black children and was attacked on social media by countless racists who made the most repulsive comments about her family, simply because her kids were black.
And last December when I ran by a public elementary school in Newport Beach and noticed a swastika sticker on the playground wall. I’ve called the school twice to report the sticker. The sticker’s still there.
And in January when friend told me about teachers (teachers with an S) at a Christian school that made blatant pejorative comments about people of color.
My “obsession” hits home, perhaps mostly, because my Roman Catholic ancestors (on both sides) dealt with religious discrimination in the 1950’s and 1960’s. And my mother was ridiculed for being an Italian immigrant. And my Mexican father watched his dark skinned Mexican friends and family be forced into segregated schools by the white power brokers of the day. He was lucky to be a light skinned Mexican. He got to go the the school with the lighter skinned kids. He also remembers the “No Mexicans” signs.
My parents suffered from it. So have my friends. So this on seems personal.
Bottom line? I keep hearing things coming from Trump and his supporters. Racist and sexist and xenophobic and crude speech. And making fun of handicap people. Then, when the comments hit the headlines, the silence — the ensuing deafening silence of my Christian brothers and sisters, many who are Republicans, MANY WHO ARE CHRISTIAN LEADERS.
Where are you? Because this Christian feels outrage. True, real, utter, shock. Not merely at what is being said. I’m in shock mostly at your apathy, your lack of outrage, your cowardice.
I keep hoping it’s just incompetence — but I’m afraid it’s more.
Do you not remember that Hitler’s promise to “make Germany great again” was predicated on white supremacy and nationalism? And did you forget that millions of German Christians (including pastors) sat in silence as he spent years campaigning?
Do you not recall that this great country was founded on wiping out Native Americans in the glorious name of Jesus, then pivoting to treat Africans like animals, again, in the glorious name of Jesus?
Do you not see that the major problems for Trump are people of color: Chinese, Mexicans, Muslims?
What will it take before you stand up and say “enough is enough”?
What got me today? A big Trump supporter named Pat Buchanan. He was interviewed on NPR. He was WARNING listeners about white people becoming a minority, which will happen 2042.
And as I drove I wondered: Can Trump’s and Buchanan’s vision to make America great again be interpreted as anything but plan to start a race war?
You can listen to all the nasty things he said. Or, here’s the gist:
Buchanan: “We are 25 years away from the fact where Americans of European dissent will be a minority in the United States.”
NPR: “Why do you see that as a problem?”
Buchanan: “Well because I look at Europe and I look all over the world and I see peoples everywhere at each others’ throats over issues of ethnicity and identity… Anybody who believes a country can be maintained that has no ethnic core to it I believe is naive in the extreme.”
NPR: “But you understand how that language feels…”
Buchanan: “I don’t care how my language sits with people my job is to tell the truth…”
NPR: “Explain to me what having a diverse cultural identity and a diversity of languages how that undermines the American identity. I think it’s important to try to understand why you think that this is such a threat.”
Buchanan: “Well, first it seems that the American people tend to agree with us, does it not?”
NPR: “But what you are laying out is an America that is white or, if not, exclusively white.”
Buchanan: “It’s an America that’s a country like the one I grew up in and it was a pretty good country.”
To you so called Christian leaders who chose to not explicitly denounce this sin — using the real words racism, prejudice, discrimination, white supremacy, KKK, Alt–Right — you are no brothers of mine.
And to you who decide to cop out and lead your churches to “pray for the unrest in our nation,” while not denouncing the sin, you fail to lead as Jesus led.
Jesus didn’t merely pray for the haters of his day, he called them by name: A brood of vipers.