A Very Personal Tea Party
For my entire professional career, I’ve worked in higher education. And, I’ve seen all that the frontlines of multiculturalism have to offer. For example, just days after 9-11, I had to vociferously defend the foreign policy of the United States, the honor of our military, and the charity of the American people to coworkers who insisted on saying that the still smoking ruins of the twin towers, with its 3000 freshly dead, were, at the end of the day, our own damn fault. American hegemony, they said, was the real culprit and not Islamic jihadists bent on bringing down the ‘Great Satan’ and setting up a world Caliphate.
No doubt, my coworkers were influenced by the fact that all of the 9-11 killers were brown skinned. They had more pigmentation than all of my co-workers, and that made my coworkers squirm and question their own motives rather than be filled with righteous anger. I was certain then and am certain now that they believed, with all the religiosity of an apostle fresh from Pentecost, that racism underlay what they considered American hegemony.
In my time in academia, I’ve also been treated to full conferences, complete with travel and hotel accommodations (at taxpayer expense) on topics of multiculturalism, diversity, and inequity. Conferences such as these were mandated. I learned at them that I suffer from a permanent and incurable condition: white privilege. I learned at these affairs that there is another original sin, in white people only, which cannot be washed clean by Baptism. Alas, there’s no grace that can counter this fault. If you are white, then you are a racist, plain and simple. To deny it is to deny that you require food and water, that you have a beating heart in your chest, that you have lifeblood in your arteries rich and red with oxygen. It is what you are by virtue of how much pigment you were born with. And, there is no cure.
Race based ideology and its concomitant multiculturalism (i.e. no culture is better than any other with the one cardinal exception that western, white culture is the lesser of all others because it is inherently racist and imperialistic) are omnipresent and omniscient forces in higher education. When you send your children to college, they will receive mammoth doses of these malignant ideas. Only a fool would believe that they will escape this treatment unaffected. Ideas are powerful. And, evil ones are like seeds planted in the immaterial mind which can sprout into full-on weeds, capable of choking truth from the human soul.
These evil ideologies . . . white privilege and multiculturalism . . . have seeped deeply into the American psyche. We are witness to their fruits when some voters were compelled to vote for the first African American to run competitively for the Presidency of the United States for no other reason than to prove their bona fides as tolerant persons, rather than basing their judgment on the qualifications and merit of the candidate. Few who actually voted in this manner will readily admit to it, but when you see how steeped they are in the mindset of white privilege, then this conclusion is not unwarranted.
And, let’s not forget the official Fort Hood report on the shootings that failed to mention Islamic radicalism and instead stressed the value of diversity. And now, of course, there’s Arizona making news on their legislation concerning the enforcement of illegal immigration laws. Arizona is also making headlines by sending a bill to the governor’s desk that would ban ethnic studies in their K-12 system. And, what is Arizona’s reward for these affronts against the dogmas of white privilege and multiculturalism? Calls for boycotts. Calls for professional baseball to pull the all star game from being played in Arizona. Calls to inflict economic pain on an entire state . . . on men, women, children, minorities, the elderly, on everyone.
So then, what is the remedy for the dogmas of white privilege and multiculturalism? The remedy is truth. And, to the best of my limited abilities, I declare the following:
1. We are all created equal by God, and in the image and likeness of God. White, western-culture people do not have an extra, irremovable stain upon their souls in the form of born-with, down-right genetic racism. Therefore, I am not inherently a racist by virtue of being born a white male in a western culture.
2. The amount of pigmentation in one’s skin is a physical trait that should carry no more weight than one’s eye color, or the length of one’s index finger.
3. Cultural differences exist and are derived from conditions such as the era in which people live, the climate, the economic conditions, religion, tribal traditions, etc. But, the differences are not caused, ipso facto, by the amount of pigmentation in their skin, nor is it caused by the length of their index fingers.
4. Not all cultures are equal. Some are indeed more virtuous than others. And some deserve to be condemned.
5. Qualifications and merit should be the driving force underlying candidacy for just about anything; political office, college entrance, that plum job. It is a crime of the multiculturalists whenever anyone looks at a minority in a position of power and wonders whether that person is there because of merit or because of affirmative action. And, I stress again that the crime lies with the multiculturalists and not with the person doing the wondering, for that person is not engaging in racism, but instead is using logic in a quite reasonable way.
6. Artificial division based on the amount of pigment in one’s skin damages the cohesion of the American people, and weakens us as a nation. A nation, by the way, which has brought more good to the world than any other in history. Multiculturalism and race-based ideologies directly threaten American Exceptionalism, which, in truth, is a key stabilizing force in the world.
7. Multiculturalism is an affront to the catholic (small ‘c’, as in universal) nature of Christianity. God is the author of diversity and each of us is a completely unique soul. However, we are also part of the oneness of humanity. Christ is the head and we are the body. The body is not composed of us and them. It’s composed of just ‘us’. The division wrought by multiculturalism attacks this very element of Christianity. It is heretical.
8. Multiculturalism and all its trappings are themselves racist and do great harm to minority populations in the United States.
All in all, I declare my independence from the oppressions of multiculturalism and white privilege. My declaration is a tea party of the soul. I am saying no to these evil and dividing philosophies. I refuse to let them tread on me, and I refuse to cow to them. Instead, I embrace truth at whatever the cost for no other reason than truth is not a thing, but a person, fully human and fully divine. When I look at my fellow man, I see the image and likeness of God. I see Christ. I do not obsess on the amount of pigment God gave him. This I declare.