How do we eradicate racism?


Left: I was a teacher 20 years ago and Right: today at the same school.

Clinton was the answer, Trump the problem — the new standard liberal line is not true.

I’ve deeply troubled by some friends heavily worded FB posts calling the Trump presidency a huge reversal to racial equality. I’ve been disturbed by the outlandish assertions by the Huffington Post. So I fired off some retorts to counter the evil narrative, and a bunch of friends worried about my uncharacteristic tone on FB.

When I was a little kid, my grandmother told a riddle about house, green on the outside, red on the inside, with a lot of blacks (not the word she used): a watermelon. When I retold the riddle, my neighbors informed me it was racist. I defended my grandmother because I couldn’t believe that sweet old lady would be racist. As it turns out, the N-word was racist. I never heard it in my house before, and I didn’t understand the connotations and the history. I was maybe 8.

michael-ashcraftWhen I was 12, I was bused to a Latin neighborhood. My parents never opposed busing, so I assumed it was an okay thing. But those kids were scary, street tough and fighters. They intimidated me, and I tried not to get into trouble. Of course, some of them became friends too.

In college, I was assigned to the special interest group beat as a campus reporter and spent a lot of time listening to grievances from the Black Student Alliance, the Mexican Chicano Association and even the Asians. I became sensitized the many ways they face overt and subtle institutionalized racism, hurdles and inequalities. I became a ferocious hater of racism.

When I married Chinese, my mom — for the first time in my life — expressed racism. She asked me why I couldn’t marry white. I was completely flabbergasted because I never remotely would have guessed she harbored any vestige of racism. I objected vigorously, and she repented immediately.

I thank God that my parents didn’t pass on their latent racism. This was critical for me to be free of it.

As an adult, I forced a kid out of my car because he wouldn’t stop saying the N-word. Of course, he was rapping along with music and not hurling hate, but I was adamant: he couldn’t ride back from the soccer game with me and say that word. I had zero tolerance. Actually, I violated school policy and probably the law in doing so because he was a minor for whom I was responsible and abandoned on the streets of L.A. I wondered if I would fired for my brashness, but I figured it was worth it to make a strong stand against racism. The next day, the students tittered at my over-reaction, but it made an impression: racism would not be tolerated at our school. That was good.

I never understood how African Americans could use the N-word and not be racist, but I left that dilemma up to them because they had suffered decades of oppression, not me. One day I allowed a Latin student talk about racism in the class. He prepared a 10-page report that confronted some of the students in their bad attitudes. He explained the difference: when an African American uses the term, he is objectifying the hate, naming and proclaiming his freedom from oppression from the word. Maybe I’m not doing justice to his explanation, but it made some sense to me. If a white man uses the term, it hails to an entire history of slavery and racism. If a person of color uses it, it represents an emotional triumph over the oppression of that word. You may not accept this, but I do

I have tried to fight racism. I support body cams for cops not just to condemn them but to exonerate them if the situation goes South and they were forced to resort to force. I am appalled by the Virginia cop who fired multiple times on an unarmed African American simply because he ran away. I am appalled by the racist who entered an African American church and started killing them in hopes to provoke a race war. I am disgusted by the KKK and wish they could drop off the face of the Earth. I am horrified by drivers plowing through African American protestors who form human chains to obstruct traffic in protest.

But I am equally appalled by people ambushing cops, regardless of whether they may be racist. This is absolutely disturbing.

I am not at all thrilled by million-dollar-earning athletes taking a knee during the national anthem to complain about racist oppression. What oppression? They have better salaries and lives than I do. Also, it strikes a sore spot for me. When I fled organized crime in Guatemala, I came to America, a safe place, that opened its arms to me and offered me freedom and refuge. I have seen racism around the world, and I think comparatively America is far better than other places. No excuses for the evils that do occur. But maybe these guys should go live in Guatemala for a decade to appreciate the blessings of America. So I simmer and grumble about that protest.

Just today, I went ballistic. The Huffington Post floated the narrative that Trump’s victory was due to racism. Several posts on Facebook, from friends whom I love and respect, echoed the simplistic story. Later in the day, I saw a Washington Post article that performed greater analysis and avoided logical fallacy that said that people not educated by the university (not because they are white) were the force behind Trump’s surprise victory. These are people who have suffered over trade treaties that only benefit the oligarchy. These are people who cherish traditional values and don’t adhere to liberal elitism.

I felt that Clinton was as bad or worse than Trump in the racism category. Her divulged emails revealed derogatory attitudes toward Latino fundraisers (and the media, protecting their darling, scanted the story). She’s had her own history chumming up with David Duke. She hugged an N-word spewing rapper at her rally (would Trump get away with that?). Her support of abortion — in my view — represents a genocide targeting minorities, a eugenics akin to Hitler’s ethnic cleansing. To top it off, her attitude of dictating what minorities should vote and support hearkens back to the white plantation owner paternalisticly condescending to his slaves. How dare she impose her views on minorities? How dare the Huffington Post despise and insult its own readership? How dare my beloved friends simplify such a complicated picture? How dare they front the white-spawned narrative: Trump is racist, Clinton, the solution to racism.

I posted on Twitter and Facebook the alternative narrative. We, the voters, sent the true racist, Clinton, packing. Now all we needed to do was continue to stamp out any vestige of racism. I’m passionate about fighting racism.

But the liberal narrative is pocked with its own guilt, fallacies, self-righteousness smugness, corruption and self service. I wanted to fight fire with fire. One friend thought I got hacked. Another was alarmed by my tenor of outrage. One more worried I had joined ranks with the cavemen.

What is the answer to racism? So far, I have taken the non-confrontational approach to try to educate white friends in whom I stumble upon racism — to my shock. Others may think that stronger means are needed. I cannot say what will be the answer, but I know that it is NOT the Left badgering disenfranchised non-elitists with its holier-than-thou sanctimonious snobbery.

My hunch is that it will be coming together, not splintering apart. I applaud Obama — whose policies I largely do not applaud — for admonishing the nation to get behind Trump and work toward a common good, a common solution. Everyone needs to overcome racism and to actively fight it. There is no place for it in our nation anymore.

18 responses to “How do we eradicate racism?

  1. You’r right, this is an uncharacteristic post for you, but a very good one. “For there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, but we are all one in Christ Jesus.”

  2. Wow! Yes uncharacteristic post but so good. Thank you so much for speaking your heart. Brought a tear to my eye it was so passionate. And so well said and well written.

    I love your posts anyway but often can’t get to post “like” because I read them on my phone and it won’t let me log on but there is so much you write that is gentle but so to the point. This is wonderful though.

    Thank you X

  3. Racism must be eradicated from within all hearts to see the good in all human beings as GOD’S Priceless Treasure of GREAT Value to God. Aaron and Miriam were punished for racism against Moses’ wife in Bible.M Miriam was struck with leprosy and whole camp was delayed by her actions towards her brother Moses. In actual fact, RACISM IS AGAINST GOD, JESUS AND THE HOLY SPIRIT. The racist is telling God how dare you create this person in your IMAGE AND LIKENESS to be unlike me and yet must live and interact with all. The racist is projecting toxic seeds of hatred sown in them onto others wrongly seen as not good enough by man- made eugenism. The person targeted has no control over their skin type or shape or size etc. or the perceived ideal. Each person has qualities that work together for good of society to gain from shared experiences of multiculturalism. Sadly, people will be punished by God if they do not repent. God WILL torture them in hell for how they treat GOD’S Children and creation on earth. God Creates people for HIS GLORY AND HONOUR, PLEASURE AS SOVEREIGN LORD and Patent OWNER of all human beings. And Jesus said whatever is done to the ‘least’ in society is attacking and offending God by those unaware of the consequences. Thank you for taking time to express your Godly and Sound Biblical position BOLDLY standing for justice in Society. God bless you for your faith and love actions for God to heal society in Jesus Name.

  4. A very well thought-out post. I appreciate you clarifying some things. I think I was just surprised. 🙂 I definitely agree with you. Racism is an ugly thing and must be fought, but the way the left bludgeons us about the matter has done nothing but exacberate the problem. To me, characterizing all whites under the racist umbrella-especially Trump supporters-is just another form of racism. The hypocrisy is appalling, particularly considering Clinton’s history. If we truly want justice in this society, justice must extend to all. I have my areas of boldness, but wish I had more on this subject…

  5. Amen! Well said. I was not a bit surprised when the “white lashback” accusation reared its ugly head. It’s racist, but it’s okay for the libs to be guilty of reverse racism. Thing is, they had to find something to blame for the upset. Racism is as good as anything. Hillary referred to sexism as the culprit, talking about not yet having broken through the glass ceiling. What these folks are not hearing, because they can’t stand it, is that America is fed up with rhetoric and looking for true leadership.

    Will Trump give us that? I don’t know. I’m glad it wasn’t Hillary, but I wish it didn’t have to be Trump. Only time, now, will reveal whether or not he has what it takes to govern a deeply divided nation and start us on the path of healing.

    I watched a clip of “The View” last night. I don’t watch the program, but I was curious about their response. Wasn’t surprised to hear Whoopi list every single thing that scares her: The return of racism, sexism, persecution of LGBT, etc. Same old same old.

    I’m blogging through Isaiah right now. Was reminded of the verse that calls woe on the nation for calling good evil, and calling evil good (Is. 5:20). That’s what we’re doing. Whoopi mentioned the woman’s right to control her own body. Abortion is evil, but the left has been calling it good under the guise of a woman’s right to decide.

    That kind of thinking is so deeply ingrained that I believe with all my heart that the only cure is a national spiritual revival. We have spent over 40 years teaching our children through the government school system that man is just a higher form of animal, so of course that does away with the need to obey a holy God (in Whom evolutionists usually don’t believe anyway).

    Sorry to be so lengthy here. Not my usual style at all, but your post lit my fuse this morning 🙂

  6. I appreciate your passion on this issue, and applaud your directness. As a skeptic, however, I see things as only getting worse. Christ will soon be returning, and Satan, knowing his time is short, will go on the rampage to bring on as much havoc as he can. He will certainly stoke the flames of racism to achieve his means. Until Christ returns, racism, in my opinion, will not ebb, but increase. When Christ establishes His kingdom, racism will vanish. Until then, however, I do agree that we must do everything we can to fight the ugliness and reality of racism. Again, thanks for a great post.

  7. I’m Canadian so I don’t have any say in USA politics but we will be affected by them nonetheless. I appreciate what you wrote and I would defend your right to say it. These are definitely complicated issues.
    Ultimately, it is foolishness to trust and hope in any human king/queen to be our “saviour” as they are flawed, generally self-centred, and will pretty much say and do anything for popular approval. There is no real vision for hope just lots of angry words. That’s why things are not going to get better; there is no utopian ideal just around the corner that we will be led into by anyone. Biblically, we are winding down towards the second coming; our only hope and rescue from the world we have created in our own image.
    Why I am really concerned about what has happened is because I have stood in Yad Vashem, the holocaust museum, and I have studied the events, rhetoric and the othering that took place; what set the stage for those horrible, hateful, actions. I’ve seen what appealed to the people, how it was presented, and how others just went along with it.
    We don’t seem to learn from the past.

  8. God changing heart and lives is the answer. The Left – acting as their own gods – have no power to change anything.

  9. Thanks for your post. I can’t believe the reaction of the liberal left in your country. They look like spoiled brats, who have been well and truly indoctrinated by the schools and media. Aren’t they sick of political correctness? I agree with you that this is a victory over the oligarchs. I can only hope the people will show some respect and give Trump the same chance Obama was given.
    I think whatever the outcome of elections we all need to remember “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.” Psalm 118:8.
    God bless, Jo

  10. Thank you for your post, a breath of fresh air. Over all these years reading your blog, you sharing about your missions and your family and who you marry and who you minister too, no way would I ever let anyone say you’re a racists if it’s before me…

  11. Well, simplistic as this is, I will tell you my 200 coworkers are clear who they voted for, 194 of them did not want to see the President Obama inauguration, only six of us huddled together and cried that we were happy to see the end of Bush administration. Two blacks, four whites. They call him who was our President the “N” word as well as treat the black cleaning team appalling other names since one of them for fired for actually using this letter against a licensed nurse from Cameroon. They are so smugly happy about their new President elect. I must say, I am very upset about Trump as our President. I will never address him as President. The ones who believe the world was better with Jefferson, Reagan, Ford, Kennedy and Clinton should never judge by their private lives, just their “Actions speak volumes.”

  12. Wow! So wonderfully said. I think that LOVE must be our first step. We must always love with the heart of the Father in Heaven and let His truth be our guiding principles.

  13. Sadly, some races invite racism. You know I never heard one racist comment growing up and I am not all white myself, but I am fast feeling racist against certain people in this world that act evil. If people want to be accepted by others they must be acceptable for a fact. You can talk all day about the teachings of Christ but no one should accept the devil.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s