There is much manufactured tension happening around the world because politics got paired into identity to form a counterproductive weapon called Identity Politics. Political provocateurs have taken beautiful things such as people’s heritage, culture, and immutable characteristics, and turned it into a weapon to cause division for their wicked plans to deconstruct our society.
Someone very close to me was told by some scheming high-powered people that one way to make ‘unconstitutional things’ happen in the United States would be accomplished through wielding Identity Politics. These people said they utilize Identity Politics because it has worked for their deeds. Note that Communist dictator Mao Tse-tung utilized Identity Politics to usher in his plans, and had encouraged the murder of landowners by his peasant followers, giving ‘killing quotas’ for them to follow. Mao also utilized young students to be his army of Red Guards to carry out his Cultural Revolution, yet he considered these children as ‘useful idiots.’ Have you noticed that in the past few years a confirmation of problems toward overall liberties due to the stoking of Identity Politics? You’ve probably heard the word ‘equity’ quite often in recent years, and I’m not talking about the use of that word in the investment world. Equity in the social justice push demands equal outcome — it is not the same as ‘equality’ which rightfully offers equal opportunity. According to American citizen Lily Tang Williams, who is an eyewitness to Mao’s Cultural Revolution: “Equity is a communist term I heard before growing up in Mao China. It is mind boggling to see our government officials, schools, legacy media, military and big corporations use this word everyday as something wonderful to promote. What America has become?” Another American who survived Mao’s Cultural Revolution, Xi Van Fleet, also shares that “Demand of sameness of thought was the hallmark of Communism.”
Presently, the Marxist tactics being used to stir up inequality warfare focuses mostly on ‘race’ as opposed to ‘economic class’ as it was in the past. People have been encouraged to cry racism in order to get things their way, despite whether there was any racism intended or evident. This practice of Critical Race Theory is properly known as Race Marxism according to Dr. James Lindsay, who has authored a book with that title to expose the truth of what it really is and how it is being used.
The topic of ‘race’ is getting utilized intentionally to deconstruct something that I and many feel that we have made huge strides on toward harmony. The provocateurs are intentionally provoking disdain and encouraging people to cry ‘racism’ at any opportunity – and many of them have made a TON OF MONEY doing so. I understand that there are instances of racism today that need to be addressed, but that should be done so appropriately to the ‘individual(s)’ who cause the hurt, for proper accountability.
We should all be reminded of some truths:
- Each and every one of us is ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’ by our Creator.
- There are good people and bad people within any given group.
- Misunderstanding or propaganda can rob people of good relationships.
Let’s dive in, shall we?
- FEARFULLY and WONDERFULLY MADE: Every person on this planet is unique, and I’m sure this statement would not require a lot of research to prove that. I have met ‘identical twins’ who vary in preferences, big or small. Some of us are ‘morning people’ and others prefer to do things in the evening. Some of us are coffee drinkers, and some prefer tea… (and some like hot tea while some like iced tea). Some prefer to be in the medical field, and some prefer running a restaurant. We are all “fearfully and wonderfully made” by our Creator. So why not be ‘kind’ about how others may inadvertently wrong us on simple situations? Be fair and gracious:
- Recently I went into a worship service at my church where I met new folks, one who was a greeter at the door. My husband dropped me off at the lobby so he could park the car. As I waited, the elderly greeter asked me if I was looking for the Chinese worship service, which is on the same property and blesses those who are a bit more fluent in the Chinese language. Right when he said that, I noticed he cringed as he thought he might have upset me. I was not upset, and I politely answered him. Hey, it was a fair question, and I understand that he was trying to be helpful, since he never met me before – no malintent detected by me. We both went on to have a wonderful morning of worship service.
- A Chinese friend of mine had been mistaken as an employee on a cruise ship (happens to me sometimes, too). Rather than having people lose their jobs over an honest and simple mistake, we showed grace in those situations and go on to enjoy the rest of our time — which is better than the alternative to be bitter and angry (since we only have so much time here on earth).
- GOOD or BAD: Have you met nice people within the Asian culture? I’m sure you’ve met some Asians who were not so nice? (I know “I” have). So among the Asians, were they a specific nationality? Were they Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Indonesian, Cambodian, Thai? Even among the Chinese, there are different ethnicities of Chinese, such as: Han, Uyghurs, Manchu, etc. So would it be right to right to say “I don’t like Asians because of…”? I understand that sometimes ‘stereo-types’ can come about, and they don’t all have to be a source of tension, but a source of a ‘chuckle’ since sometimes the ‘likelihood’ of something could be true, such as Asians being great at math and yet be funky drivers (alright… just speaking for myself on that one). I chuckle because it’s funny as there may be a high percentage of truth to those notions — while not 100% true, of course. However, I do appreciate the general notion that Asians are studious and diligent workers, because many have been brought up to do so…nonetheless, I still agree that you look at the merits of the individual for hiring or school admission, because that would be prudent overall. We have choices in the good or bad:
- Forgiveness can set you free: my late mother had lived through much turmoil and pain caused by Japan’s attack over China when she was a child. When I found out how deep her disdain was toward the Japanese of today, due to the loss of some relatives and property from last century’s attack, I reminded her that today’s innocent people had nothing to do with what had happened. By the grace of God, she had let her anger and disdain go, and the peace I witnessed was such a beautiful thing. She and my late aunt got to enjoy some orchid farms in Japan together years ago, and that was able to come about because my mom’s heart was set free!
- In the topic regarding ‘Asian Hate’ – I sense that it is utilized as a way to stoke hard feelings rather than to actually help matters. I don’t get the sense that just because you proclaim ‘stop Asian hate’ that it will get someone who has a wicked heart to just say “oh, ok – I’ll stop.” Seems to me there is some exploitation in play, because certain people and politicians only profess their concern if it is a ‘white’ person bringing harm to Asians – and seem to show no concern when it isn’t. Why don’t we focus on stopping harmful hate in general?
- When I’m at the gym, I meet many ladies from different Asian ethnicities. Most of us delight in getting to know about each other’s heritage. I had a sweet Filipino gal ask me in broken English: “What brand of Asian are you?” We went on to have joy in getting to know one another. Yes, I am a very proud American citizen, and I am also very proud of my heritage
- MISUNDERSTANDING or PROPOGANDA: Sometimes what we heard growing up can lead us to feel a certain way about a group in general. With the current push in companies and the workplace demanding ‘Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’ or face consequences, it gets people thinking extraordinarily about race rather than ability or merit.
- I’m going to share a story about a wonderful friend, who I have gained high respect for, so that what he stated may be a blessing to you. Taken straight from Gaston Meredith’s social media post (bold lettering from me), there was a beautiful thing that happened once misunderstandings were addressed:“I experience racism to this day, but I am not an oppressed person. Just as I do not believe all white people are racist, neither should you stereotype all black people. Years ago I had to check myself on how I felt about white people because of my past experiences growing up. Whites said things to me that were racist, I said things to them that was hateful. I’ve been chased, punched, guns pulled on me, I can go on and on. Some of my Coast Guard shipmates were racist in the past, and I didn’t like them either. But we talked about the environment of what shaped our thinking as youth that caused us to believe what we learned. But we figured out that what we were taught was a lie, therefore we think differently now. We all have the same grandparents (Adam & Eve). Every man will give an account for his life on earth.”
- Then there was someone who tried to “school” me about racism on a mutual friend’s social media post not too long ago, for my profile pic didn’t show my face at that time (but that of a ‘white man’ who I was giving tribute to). When I made the comment about the racial tensions that was occurring at that time, I said that I do not condone the exploitation of race, and that we should “look at the color of a person’s heart more than the color of their skin.” Then this lady replied to me with a meme that said the following:
- “I see no color” is not the goal.”
- “I see your color and I honor you. I value your input. I will be educated about your lived experiences. I will work against the racism that harms you. You are beautiful. Tell me how to do better.”
- “…That’s the goal.”
My response to that was: “How about working against anything that harms one? In fact, I invite all and any caring folks reading this to become aware and honor those being harmed every day: little kids who are victims of sex trafficking. This organization helps little girls from Haiti, Thailand and Cambodia…” (and then I gave the link to the organization). And after I posted some other links by civil rights veteran Dr. Bob Woodson, who rejects claims of ‘systemic racism’ and denounced using ‘race’ in order to damage things, I noticed that she removed all her comments from that entire post.
So acknowledging and recognizing a person’s race is not the issue – it is when you discriminate or provoke tensions in the spirit of ‘hate’ due to someone’s race is what leads to turmoil. I loved what a world renown speaker once conveyed when it came to noting a person’s race: It is about distinction and not discrimination.
Now I have years of experience in qualitative/quantitative market research, and I have successfully blessed some business who sell products and services geared toward certain demographics. Providing directional information that helped them to succeed was done so in ‘identifying’ how to reach their target group best, for the sake of efficiency. I’m sure they wouldn’t mind anyone outside their target group making purchases, but companies need to maximize their limited marketing funds, which is prudent.
Another way that recognizing a person’s race would be helpful would be in reporting appropriate details to help locate someone. If there was a ‘hit-and-run’ auto accident, I believe identifying the driver appropriately could be helpful in avoiding the wrong person being called into questioned.
Important note: If a person gives you uneasiness because of their notable behavior, then of course it is prudent to be very mindful about that situation and act accordingly — regardless of the person’s race or background.
Ultimately, we are all of the human race. I hope we can focus on delighting in learning about others’ background that makes one who they are, for that is relationship building. Let not the provocateurs manipulate us for their nefarious purposes. Remember that we were all “fearfully and wonderfully made.”
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