Race allows you and I to look away, to not look at ourselves fully or completely. We do not have to face ourselves alone and a part from its insecurities that make us feel safe. We want race to tell us what we see and who/ what/ when/ where/ why we should ignore. We need race to do for us what we do not have the courage to admit that we want to do to our selves: hide.
We simply do not want to acknowledge the diviseness within us and so we look outward. We seek an enemy that is farther away, not wanting to face the enemy within, that fights against the advancement of the true self, the new creature created in Jesus Christ. Frankly, we don’t want to be “born again”, we have no confidence, no hope in regeneration and we would rather not address the fact that we are strangers to ourselves. Instead, we close our eyes, fold the arms of our souls and turn away. It is because it is so much easier to stare at others than to look ourselves.
And it is not long before we begin the internal and cyclical self- dialogue that concludes with determinations like “They made me this way.” “They did this to me.” Or, “I had no control over the color of my skin.” Ultimately, we are saying that we cannot be held responsible for our actions or our inactions. We do not want to be held accountable for our lives and so we give them to race, its prejudices and stereotypes. But, what have we received in return? In giving our hands, our minds, our bodies to race, what has race put into them? Nothing.
Race has only put things onto them: burdens. Who else will remove them or do we not want to be held responsible for this either?