Resurrecting Race

Who told you that you were socially colored black/ white/ red/ yellow/ brown/ beige?  Sure, you looked in the mirror and saw that the pigment of your skin had a ‘color.’  But, who told you that it was this color or that?  Who gave you its meaning?  Who told you that it was better or worse or meant that you would be richer or poorer?  Who told you that you were different because of it?  And why?

What is the meaning of race and why do we continue to bring it up in our discussions concerning human identity?  Why do we continue to spread this message?  Disproven biologically and unsupported biblically, why do we continue to talk about ourselves, to reduce our meaning, to allow our purpose to be determined by  the social coloring of skin?

The truth that race is a social construct and societal contract has long been proclaimed.  This good news has been around for a long time but we continue to repeat the lie: I am black/ white/ red/ yellow/ brown/ beige.  But, if we are made in the image of God who does not define Himself by a social color, then who are we re-creating ourselves to be?

Unlike Jesus the Christ, race is dead and it has no resurrection power; still, we continue to prop it up, to lift it up as the standard for our lives and the lives of those to come.

Race has no power save what we give it.  We must stop talking about race as if it is real and present with us.  Race died a long time ago.  It only lives in our minds and memories.  We are resurrecting race.

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