You’ve got time for this class and it is brought to you by Jenée Desmond Harris. It is a lesson that must be learned and that bears repeating. Harris starts from the beginning of race and no, she does not begin in the book of Genesis. Lie #1 struck down. Race is not that old.
Race is a lot of things but biological, biblical or original to our being are not to be included. Still, the misrepresentation of who we are continues and so does the cycle of hatred. Race wars are plotted against places of worship for African Americans and Jews. Protests seem unending, CNN describing last year as “a year of outrage.” The hashtag Black Lives Matter has become a movement. Right now, the University of Missouri has been added to the list and to the ongoing conversation on race after accusations of racism on campus. Consequently, this class is always in session.
And while it won’t lead to an advanced degree, these truths concerning race as a social construct are certain to advance our understandings of self and our neighbor. I’ve devoted my life to teaching about race and to the eradication of the racial category for human identity. Week after week, I look for ways to say this because it is so much easier and less painful to accept this superficial existence. I want us to go deeper and pray that this video and my words would peel away another layer of race’s deceptions.