A Call For Unity In The Face of Supremacy

Dear precious people of color. I understand the anger, and I understand the pain. I understand the rage that rises as you now witness all the justifications for what has happened that are clearly attempts to cover up the reality of white supremacy. As a friend, a family member, and minister of the Gospel; I want to encourage you not to let the hate win. Racism is a form of hatred and hatred is a poison. Do not drink it. It will rot you from the inside out. We must be better. I am still struggling myself with the deep feelings of betrayal, and if I am honest, I want to hate white people right now. It would be so much easier right now to simply hate all white people. But Christ has taken that option away from me. He will not allow me to hate white people because he has made a multitude of them my brothers and sisters. He has saved me through repentance and faith and in my salvation he has connected me on the deepest of levels with those who my flesh desires to hate right now. The result? The Holy Spirit has given me the grace to love those who my flesh, the world, and the devil want me to hate. We all must fight. Dr. King said, “hate cannot conquer hate, only love can do that.” We must follow in his footsteps, and in the footsteps of Christ. We must persevere in love. We must be careful of the generalizations we make. White people did not fail us. White supremacy failed us. Not all white people are given over to supremacy. Many hate it and are trying to root it out of their own lives and thinking.

Our country has embraced white supremacy, but white supremacy is not the only form in which the sin of supremacy can take place. The oppression of white supremacy can lead to the expression of black or ethnic supremacy. We must not fall prey to this. Right now, there are millions of white people who are mourning alongside black and brown people. Anger, rage, and hate can often blind someone to the expressions of love that surround them. Keep your eyes open! Pay attention! We are surrounded by love. There are white people mourning and seeking to stand with you. There are Asian people, Hispanic people, Middle Eastern people, women, and disabled standing with you. Don’t tear down your allies! Don’t discourage those who are striving to persevere in loving you!

We must strive as much as possible to not generalize white people on social media. Instead, look for those who are willing to stand with you, and mourn with you. You may disagree with them about a lot of things but if they are willing to mourn with you, love them. The only way to fight white supremacy and to resist supremacy in all its forms is to choose to love instead.

To my white friends, Don’t consider the term white to be a racial slur. The reality is that the Republican party is about 90% white and of that around 81% of evangelicals voted for Trump was well. There is a reason for the generalization. It may be hard for you to understand why minorities are mourning right now and if that is the case, it is likely because you do not have a lot of minority friends that are outside of your cultural expression. Just because minorities are grieving Trump’s presidency does not mean that they are Pro-Hillary. It is the height of insensitivity to assume this is the case. It has NOTHING to do with Hillary Clinton or Democrat policies. People of color are grieving because Trump has made it abundantly clear how he thinks about minorities and this country rallied around that message of hate more than anyone ever thought they would. Minorities aren’t thinking about Hillary Clinton right now. We are dealing with the culture shock of realizing that our country is much more racist than we thought. If you can’t understand this, than have the humility just to remain silent and not speak to it. The mourning is not illegitimate. It is real and understandable.

About Kyle James Howard

My name is Kyle, I am married to my “high-school sweetheart” and we have 3 children. I have a 7 year-old daughter (Hadassah), a 2 year-old son (Jonah), and 1 year old (Kesed). I am 32 years old and I am currently a student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. I have an Associates degree in Biblical & Theological Studies, A B.S. in Biblical Counseling, and I am finishing up an Advanced M. Div in Historical Theology. Click on the "About Me" link at the top of my home page to read my full testimony.

One Response to “A Call For Unity In The Face of Supremacy”

  1. Dear Mr. Howard, you’ve said so many things so well this past week. I’ve read a number of your posts and many of your tweets, and I just want to encourage you that here is another sister in Christ (a white one) who agrees with you, grieves with you, and appreciates the wisdom and the love with which you are writing. I’m not a big social media person, but I’m confident that reading your thoughtful and Truth-based communication will help me as I engage with my friends and my community in the days ahead. Thank you, and know that I am praying for the people of color in this nation.

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