QUESTION: "Is 'RACE' a ''social construct'?"
I do believe race is a social construct. What we define as “race” is merely slight physical variations in the only race there is, the human race. Skin tone and body structure are simply hold overs to the adaptations our ancestors underwent to live in whatever environment they existed. This idea of “race” by skin tone is not only a false social construct it is amazing that in our distant past it mattered far less than it does today. To overcome this race divisness I think we have to cleave to God’s Word. The only division that has any merit in the New Testament scriptures is those who are redeemed by grace and those who are lost to sin. If we can look beyond the world’s definitions and focus purely on God’s design we wouldn’t see black, white, yellow, or red. Rather we would see humanity and truly appreciate the scope of what Christ Jesus did on the cross. We would love one another, live amongst one another, and break bread together as people and nothing else.
Thank you Rev. James Myers. I agree with you totally. When I look at people I see a person not a race or skin color or physical disability. A lot has to do with how we were taught as children. I was fortunate I came from a family that taught me when you meet a person look them in the eyes first. Then you will see a reflection of either kindness or anger. It saddens me deeply when I hear parents teaching children the course language of cursing and swearing and find it "just part of their culture". Culture is shaped by the individuals living today. Unfortunately many, as I have seen of late, hold on to the anger of yesterday and ignore the reality of today. I have recently been witness to young people coming in to City Hall to see if they can get a copy of their birth certificate. One young person shared with me that his own family never told him he was born in the USA and that he is in fact a citizen of the USA and is not going to be deported. How sad that he lived in a "false fear" for most of his life because his family did not share that he was from a family of immigrants however, he was born here. He said he is going to proudly carry with him his copy of his birth certificate so when asked he can proudly say yes, I am a citizen. Today listened to The First Lady of the USA speak about this very subject. If we do not teach out children to respect the country that we live in how can we expect these children to later lead us when our time has passed?
Thank you Rev. James Myers. I agree with you 100%. I am thankful that when I look at a person I do not see race or skin color first. I was taught to look into the eyes of a person first when you speak with them. At what cost to the future are we to teach our children more about the past then the present with which we live. Here is a great example, as I volunteer at City Hall I am right next to where people obtain their birth certificates. One young man choose to share this with me after he got a copy of this birth certificate. He has lived in fear for years because no one in his family ever told him he was born in the USA. All he knew was his family immigrated to this country and were working here and now deportation looms over them because of DACA. He no longer has to be afraid to walk the streets now because he will proudly carry a copy of his birth certificate with him so if asked he can prove he is a citizen of the USA. His outlook on America is now changed because he knows the truth and will be working with his family to get them here legally as well because there are immigration lawyers willing to help that want to stay here. We see this in the streets of angry cities where people are holding up signs that they have no idea what that sign represents they are there because they want peace in their city. We are on the right course today of unification of the CPD and CPCA denominations. Look in the eyes of the person you meet first when you speak and a totally new experience will occur.