Many people associate “faith” with “conservative voters.” Just looking at whom various candidates court should make it clear why that is the case. However, a faith-based site has managed to parrot leftist talking points when it comes to identity politics.
The blog, titled New Sacred, appears to be officially tied to the United Church of Christ. It has published a post titled “So You Say You’ve Got White Privilege. Now What?”, and the post lists ten things white people can do to combat white privilege.
Included are tips like “Never invite a POC [person of color] to the table for the sake of claiming diversity,” and “[Call] your friends, family and co-workers out on their racism — even if a POC isn’t in the room.”
The tenth point on the list is the shocker:
- Recognize that you’re still racist. No matter what. Sometimes, anti-racist allies talk in an “us vs. them” framework when they discuss race, with the “us” being POC and anti-racist allies and the “them” being racist people. That’s an oversimplification of centuries of racism, and it also avoids one simple truth. White people always benefit from institutionalized racism, no matter how anti-racist your ideologies may be. You can’t disconnect yourself completely from the racism from which you benefit, and recognizing that is a large step in rejecting white privilege.
This sums up identity politics perfectly: no matter what you do, you’re racist — so sit down, shut up, and take your turn at the back of the bus.
What people like the author of this piece, Marchaé Grair, don’t understand is that if you keep telling people they are racist no matter what, the word “racist” loses any meaning.
In reality, racism is the claim that one group possesses an inferiority in their genetic make-up that another race doesn’t possess. In her bio, Ms. Grair claims she is many things, but she fails to understand she is the very thing she decries: a racist. She believes it’s acceptable to hold racist beliefs about white people.